Review: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin My rating: 4 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this short story collection about Maester Aemon’s brother when he was a squire for Sir Duncan the Tall. I think, perhaps, because these short stories didn’t have to do the heavy lifting for the main narrative …

Review: Thrilling Adventure Yarns

Thrilling Adventure Yarns by Robert Greenberger My rating: 4 of 5 stars I participated in the Kickstarter for this anthology because of meeting Crazy 8 author Mary Fan at Farpoint. I’m quite glad I did because nearly all of these knocked it out of the park! And those that didn’t were still good stories that …

Review: Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family

Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family by Priya Krishna My rating: 3 of 5 stars It’s not quite as Indian as I’d hoped, but that’s not what it claimed to be. It actually is exactly as promised: an American-Indian fusion collection of recipes consisting mostly of recipes from the author’s mother. I …

Review: Ruby Wizardry: An Introduction to Programming for Kids

Ruby Wizardry: An Introduction to Programming for Kids by Eric Weinstein My rating: 5 of 5 stars This year one of my goals was to learn a new programming language. Ruby is supposed to be pretty easy for beginners so I figured it’d probably end up being a snap for someone like me who’s been …

Review: The Mongoliad: Book Three

The Mongoliad: Book Three by Neal Stephenson My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book was a great cap to the long trilogy (although – put together I think it’s not longer than a Brandon Sanderson Stormlight Archive book). While the first third of the book continues to build things up, we’ve met just about …

Review: Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man

Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man by Tim Allen My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is my second time reading this book. I first read this book in middle school because I really liked Home Improvement. Kind of reminds me of the joke Eddie Murphy tells in Delirious when he sees a …

Review: Spiced: Unlock the Power of Spices to Transform Your Cooking

Spiced: Unlock the Power of Spices to Transform Your Cooking by America’s Test Kitchen My rating: 4 of 5 stars As usual for a book by America’s Test Kitchen, there’s a good combination of educational content and tasty recipes. I’ve already made a few recipes from this book, most recently the spiced ragu which had …

Review: Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 143

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 143 by Neil Clarke My rating: 2 of 5 stars This issue’s stories didn’t really work as well for me as the last few issues have. Thoughts per story: The veilonaut’s dream: explorers at a spatial discontinuity explore it for money. Partially a tale of exploitative labor and partly a tale of …