Category: Books

  • Review: The Man Who Could Be King: A Novel

    The Man Who Could Be King: A Novel by John Ripin Miller My rating: 4 of 5 stars I got this book for free as part of the Kindle First Reads program I like to geek out on many things and one of those is history. Thanks to books like 1776 I already knew that […]

  • Review: Hogfather

    Hogfather by Terry Pratchett My rating: 1 of 5 stars This is my second time reading this book. Rating went from 2 stars to 1 star. I didn’t like this book all that much when I first read it and I liked it even less this time around. I don’t like The Auditors as Death’s […]

  • Review: Annihilation Aria

    Annihilation Aria by Michael R. Underwood My rating: 3 of 5 stars I don’t know if it’s from reading this book right after Becky Chambers Wayfarers series, but this book did not pull me in the way the other series did. It was fine, but I just finished it more out of obligation to finish […]

  • Review: The Breaking Light

    The Breaking Light by Heather Hansen My rating: 1 of 5 stars I got this book as part of Amazon’s Kindle First Reads where Prime members get a free ebook from a selection of ebooks each month I didn’t like this book for 2 reasons: 1. It’s derivative in all the ways that don’t work […]

  • Review: The Boys, Volume 3: Good For The Soul

    The Boys, Volume 3: Good For The Soul by Garth Ennis My rating: 2 of 5 stars Things are a little less profane and a little more of the story gets revealed. Maybe Ennis felt he had to be edgy in the first 2 volumes just to shock an audience into interest? That said, there’s […]

  • Review: The Boys, Volume 2: Get Some

    The Boys, Volume 2: Get Some by Garth Ennis My rating: 1 of 5 stars This continues the feeling that Ennis is simply trying to be as profane as possible just because. The first story revolves around a super hero (kind of like a Batman crossed with Iron Man) who suddenly is unable to keep […]

  • Review: Jumanji

    Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg My rating: 3 of 5 stars Interestingly enough, I heard an audiobook of this picture book. It was on sale recently at libro.fm and I was curious about how a picture book became one of the first live action/adventure movies I saw as a kid. This book basically reads as […]

  • Review: Phenomenons: Every Human Creature

    Phenomenons: Every Human Creature by Michael Jan Friedman My rating: 4 of 5 stars What if you took Wild Cards and started off from a more modern place than the 1980s. What would you have? Well, for one thing, less gay slurs and stereotypes. For another, starting with a less sleazy, more modern NYC. I […]

  • Review: The Galaxy, and the Ground Within

    The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers My rating: 4 of 5 stars We have reached the end of the Wayfarers series. As has been the case throughout the series, this is less about a specific plot than it is about getting to spend time with the characters that inhabit Chambers’ Wayfarers universe. […]

  • Review: Set My Heart to Five

    Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is my favorite book of 2022 so far. I don’t remember what it was about the write-up on the Big Idea section of Scalzi’s blog that caused me to add this book to my TBR pile, but I’m glad I […]

  • Review: Record of a Spaceborn Few?

    Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers My rating: 4 of 5 stars Chambers continues to make each book in this “series” a standalone that’s tangentially related to the other books. The second book continued with a couple characters from the first book, but otherwise did not interact with them at all. This book […]

  • Review: All the Paths of Shadow

    All the Paths of Shadow by Frank Tuttle My rating: 3 of 5 stars I got this book as part of a StoryBundle bundle, so I didn’t specifically buy this book because I wanted to read it. It turned out to be a nice book in a steampunk-lite second world. (Steampunk-lite in that there are […]

  • Review: As Yet Unsent

    As Yet Unsent by Tamsyn Muir My rating: 4 of 5 stars A bit bummed this wasn’t included in the audiobook of Harrow the Ninth. That said, it was easy to find on Tor.com. As you find out near the last third or so of Harrow the Ninth, some of the survivors of the first […]

  • 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. […]