Forget gays, let’s have drug addicts and convicts in the military!

We’re currently mired down in a war that is wearing our armed forces thin. The military is having a hard time meeting its recruitment targets and they have resorted to lowering their recruitment standards. Reports in the news have talked of people with drug problems and prior prison time being hired. Open gays? No – […]

Reviews: The Future is Japanese: Science Fiction Futures and Brand New Fantasies from and about Japan; Cibola Burn; Edgedancer; Sixth of the Dusk; The Virtuous Feats of the Indomitable Miss Trafalgar and the Erudite Lady Boone; The Churn; Altered America: Steampunk Stories; Dungeon Hacks: How NetHack, Angband, and Other Roguelikes Changed the Course of Video Games; Nemesis Games; Legion

The Future is Japanese: Science Fiction Futures and Brand New Fantasies from and about Japan by Masumi Washington My rating: 3 of 5 stars Another anthology. As usual, I’ve included my status updates with some spelling fixes. Overall it was a very uneven collection in terms of what I enjoyed. The stories all seemed to […]

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood My rating: 4 of 5 stars I wanted to read this book before talk of the TV show caused the plot to enter the wider zeitgeist and ruin it for me. I’m going to put any big spoilers in the spoiler tag, but this is a book from the […]

Review: Absolute Power: Tales of Queer Villainy

Absolute Power: Tales of Queer Villainy by Erica Friedman My rating: 5 of 5 stars disclaimer: I kickstarted this anthology Before I get to my usual anthology review in which I collect all my status updates into one place, I wanted to mention a bit about why I kickstarted this book and how I like […]

Review: The Emperor’s Agent

The Emperor’s Agent by Jo Graham My rating: 3 of 5 stars And so my first book of 2017 is done, although it’s a bit of a cheat as I started it at the end of 2016. I purchased this book as part of a book bundle – I think it was on The […]

Review: Tithe

Tithe by Holly Black My rating: 3 of 5 stars Another book from that Humble Bundle that had a bunch of Simon and Schuster YA books. This book was OK. Not my cup of tea, but not bad. As I said in my status updates, Ms Black is pretty good at subverting my expectations. I’ll […]

Review: Gamers

Gamers by Thomas K. Carpenter My rating: 3 of 5 stars For some reason, I’ve found myself reading a lot of YA fiction over the last couple years. On the negative side, it appears that Dystopias are the genre du jour. Nothing wrong with them, and I think something about them speaks to teens. When […]

Review: Vagina Mundi

Vagina Mundi by Wol-vriey My rating: 2 of 5 stars Disclaimer: Got this book free as part of Good Reads First Reads You can take something horrible and push it so far that you move into the realm of absurdity. Some of my favorite media do this. Kill Bill takes violence to such ridiculous levels […]

February Video Game Report: Civ, Analogue & Hate Plus Review

Civilization V ( 20 hrs): Lefties Dido tried to be opportunistic and attack me while I was at war with the Celts. Now she is facing my wrath. I will not stop until she has been wiped off the map. Left a contingent behind to make sure the Celts don’t get cute. About to pay […]

Married != Sexless

“Oh, you’re getting married? I guess your sex life is over” HYUK HYUK HYUK HYUK. It’s hilarious. Oh, wait, no it’s a hackneyed joke that’s more or less run its course. First of all, it doesn’t make sense for the segment of the population that waits for marriage for sex. Their sex life is just […]