Category: Books

  • Review: Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

    Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is the story of the beginning of computers, written in the 1980s. I’d already read about many of the events portrayed in the book via other books or magazine articles. But this was nice and detailed. I like […]

  • Review: Riot Baby

    Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi My rating: 3 of 5 stars I got this book for free twice: Tor.com ebook club and Hugo Award nomination This book was very, very hard to read. It ripped open so many of the psychological wounds from the past decade in which I finally, truly understood the injustice of […]

  • Review: Axiom’s End

    Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis My rating: 3 of 5 stars I received this book for free as part of 2021 Hugo voting process. Also, a reminder that I use the Goodreads tooltips for ratings – 3/5 means “liked it” – it’s not a bad rating. Let’s use the whole scale, guys! I have been […]

  • Review: Lords and Ladies

    Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is my second time reading Lords and Ladies Throughout this re-read I have asked a question in my reviews: Is this a good jumping on point for The Discworld. I have tried to give justifications for an answer in either direction. This […]

  • Review: The Last Emperox

    The Last Emperox by John Scalzi My rating: 4 of 5 stars Well, that was quite the trilogy! Scalzi took all that he had been building up over the three books and used them to create a satisfying ending. If this isn’t your first Scalzi series you won’t be surprised by the ending. Don’t get […]

  • Review: Django 2 by Example: Build powerful and reliable Python web applications from scratch

    Django 2 by Example: Build powerful and reliable Python web applications from scratch by Antonio Melé My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you want to learn Django, definitely get the newer version of this book that covers Django 3. That said, this book was VERY helpful in getting me started with Django for the […]

  • Review: Network Effect

    Network Effect by Martha Wells My rating: 5 of 5 stars I got this book for free by being a World Con member for the 2021 convention. It’s part of the review packet.So, that was really flippin’ good. I wasn’t sure how well Martha Wells would do at transitioning from novella length Murderbot to full-length […]

  • Review: Small Gods

    Small Gods by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is my second time reading this book. I dropped the rating from 5/5 to 4/5. As usual, Terry Pratchett uses the fantasy of Discworld to shed light on reality. This book is less whimsical than other Discworld book although it does have its […]

  • Review: Lightspeed Magazine, June 2014: Women Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue

    Lightspeed Magazine, June 2014: Women Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue by Christie Yant My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is one of my favorite collections of stories and one of the best anthologies/magazines I’ve read so far in 2021. A lot of the stories in here a phenomenal. There are also a lot of […]

  • Review: The Consuming Fire

    The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi My rating: 4 of 5 stars Scalzi continues to kick butt in the second book of The Interdependency. I’m used to the second book of a planned trilogy to be all setup for the third book which can mostly be climax. Yet, within this book Scalzi continues to have […]

  • Review: Witches Abroad

    Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is my second time reading the book Our third outing with the Witches and the second one that includes Magrat Garlick. This one is part parody of the travelogue and part parody of Fairy Tales and Fairy Godmothers. It also introduces the Discworld […]

  • Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

    The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins My rating: 4 of 5 stars I listened to the audiobook narrated by Greg from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as I drove the 900-something miles from Maryland to Florida and it was better than I thought it would be. Ms Collins has avoided most of the annoying tropes […]

  • Review: The Collapsing Empire

    The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi My rating: 4 of 5 stars I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book, it’s so great. The quick summary: Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series meets the family competition dynamics of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Interesting to read at the same time as The Ballad of Songbirds and […]

  • Review: Exit Strategy

    Exit Strategy by Martha Wells My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the perfect ending to the original Murderbot novella quartet. All the threads from the previous three books finally line up in a way that sets Murderbot up for its debut novel. Murderbot takes everything its learned and developed in order to solve […]

  • Review: Rogue Protocol

    Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another great entry in the Murderbot novellas! Our favorite SecUnit is once again involved in a mystery while working on the overarching plot of the novellas to figure out what happened during the incident that led it to override its governor as well as […]