Author: Eric Mesa

  • Review: A Closed and Common Orbit

    A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is both a follow-on to the previous one that picks up right where it left off and can be enjoyed as a standalone book. That’s quite a magic trick that Becky Chambers plays there, but it works very well. […]

  • Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

    The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers My rating: 4 of 5 stars If, like me, Firefly’s untimely demise has left a hole in your SFF heart ever since you discovered it (it was DVDs for me back when Netflix was about DVDs), then this book is probably perfect for you. […]

  • Review: A Wizard of Earthsea

    A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin My rating: 4 of 5 stars Whenever I heard about this series, there are two things I heard about it: 1) “Studio Ghibli really screwed up their adapdation”2) “Harry Potter is a huge ripoff of this book and I don’t believe that JK Rowling had never […]

  • Review: Harrow the Ninth

    Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book was a bit of a tough read as a sequel. In many ways it is completely unlike the first book. The first book is full of exploration and action. Gideon is our way into this world and boy are they a […]

  • Changing To a Block-Based Theme (Twenty Twenty-Two)

    Interestingly enough, I was originally exploring whether to change to the new Bjork theme I’d just heard about. Unfortunately, unlike previous theme changes, it required me to completely redo my homepage while the page was live. It was NOT a good experience. But I did start playing around with the built-in themes. For the past […]

  • Review: Good Nintentions: A 30th Anniversary Tribute to the Nintendo Entertainment System

    Good Nintentions: A 30th Anniversary Tribute to the Nintendo Entertainment System by Jeremy Parish My rating: 3 of 5 stars This repackaged magazine special was quite the stroll down memory lane. This is the system where I became a gamer. But it’s also the system where I was a very little kid and when games […]

  • Warning: Bug in latest Pipewire packages for Fedora 36

    This morning I updated my Fedora 36 computer and suddenly it could no longer find any sound devices. Thanks to a Fedora user who commented on this reddit thread, I found that the solution was to downgrade my Pipewire packages. Specifically, at this point in time: A reboot didn’t make it work on its own. […]

  • Review: From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back

    From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back by Elizabeth Schaefer My rating: 3 of 5 stars Some of these stories were great! Things felt a bit bogged down at Hoth, though. Too many stories around the Taun-Taun scenes. Overall recommended if you’re a Star Wars fan. Here’s my story-by-story review: Eyes of […]

  • Review: Gideon the Ninth

    Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir My rating: 4 of 5 stars I definitely can see what all the hype was about. This was a book that always left me guessing at what was coming next. Perhaps my usual trope detection failed me, but it seems to at Tamsyn Muir was able to keep things […]

  • Review: Feet of Clay

    Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is my second time reading the book. Reduced rating from 4 stars to 3 stars We’re back to The Watch and this is the Watch I remember – not just a detective/police procedural, but also a play on office politics/political correctness. This […]

  • Thoughts on the 2022 Hugos

    The Hugo Awards (Science Fiction and Fantasy award given out at WorldCon; anyone who bought a ticket can nominate and vote) were given out this past weekend. Here is a link to all the awards and winners. I just wanted to share a few of my thoughts, organized by category. Best Novel – Iā€™d read […]

  • Review: Cyborg Legacy

    Cyborg Legacy by Lindsay Buroker My rating: 4 of 5 stars I got this book as part of a StoryBundle.com bundle – I wouldn’t have otherwise bought book #8.6 out of a series I’ve never read. But the description said it worked as a standalone story. In the intro to the book, the author confirms […]

  • Review: The Sins of Our Fathers

    The Sins of Our Fathers by James S.A. Corey My rating: 3 of 5 stars This novella occurs after the events of the last novel and brings us up to date with the ONE person who we didn’t get a conclusion for in the main series. I remember wondering if James SA Corey had forgotten […]

  • Review: The Autumn Republic

    The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s the conclusion to the Powder Mage Trilogy and so things generally move fast once we get past the first few chapters that catch us up to where everyone has ended up since the end of book 2. Each chapter definitely left me […]

  • Review: Maskerade

    Maskerade by Terry Pratchett My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is my second time reading Maskerade, the rating remains a 3/5 stars We have another outing with the Lancre Witches. Pratchett moves us from parodies of Shakespeare to a parody of Phantom of the Opera. In true Pratchett fashion, this is not really the […]