Category: Books

  • Review: Artificial Condition

    Artificial Condition by Martha Wells My rating: 4 of 5 stars After reading the second entry in The Murderbot Diaries, I’m sold on why this is such a hit with everyone. Martha Wells takes what was great about the first one – an android who just barely understands human irrationality (although suffering from some himself […]

  • Review: All Systems Red

    All Systems Red by Martha Wells My rating: 4 of 5 stars I got this book for free from the eBook club. Also, would have gotten it for free from the Hugos 2021 I know I’m late to everyone’s favorite genderless, somewhat on the autism spectrum, Murderbot but I really loved this book a […]

  • Review: Necessity

    Necessity by Jo Walton My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book was the perfect cap on the trilogy. Told in a series of POV chapters that shuttle back and forth through time, the book forms the perfect meta-analogy to the way the gods experience time. Their personal time is moving forward even as they […]

  • Review: Black Powder War

    Black Powder War by Naomi Novik My rating: 4 of 5 stars Black Powder War is another great entry by Ms. Novik in the Temeraire series. It picks up almost immediately after the previous book ended. Now Temeraire and crew must head to the Ottoman Empire. Oh, and for variety, Ms Novik has their ship […]

  • Review: Crimson Son

    Crimson Son by Russ Linton My rating: 3 of 5 stars I got this book from a Story Bundle called “Immerse or Die”. The editor of the bundle had a process that went something like, “I got on the treadmill and started reading. If the book wasn’t pulling me in by the time I finished […]

  • Review: Reaper Man

    Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is my second read. I have dropped the rating from 4 stars to 3 stars I love Discworld’s Death. He makes any book better by his presence and so I especially love the books that feature Death. In this book Death is the […]

  • Review: The Most Dangerous Game

    The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell My rating: 4 of 5 stars My enjoyment of this short story (or was it long enough to be a novella?) was only marred by the fact that the story is so famous that I’ve seen it referenced and parodied a million times. Of course, that’s part of […]

  • Review: Final Fantasy VI

    Final Fantasy VI by Sebastian Deken My rating: 3 of 5 stars I was a kickstarter backer on the campaign for this book I’ve been waiting for this book for a while. This game, along with Chrono Trigger, was very formative in my early gaming years. The book decides to focus on one of the […]

  • Review: Auberon

    Auberon by James S.A. Corey My rating: 4 of 5 stars As the back of the book (so to speak…this is only available as an ebook at the moment) says, this novella is a chance to see what Amos’ old colleague Erich is up to. The novella starts off with a quote about a changing […]

  • Review: Death Masks

    Death Masks by Jim Butcher My rating: 4 of 5 stars If Goodreads had half-stars, I’d definitely give this one 4.5 stars. Butcher has taken everything I like about the Dresden files and eliminated a lot of what was annoying. Dresden has FINALLY earned the trust of Murphy on the SI unit at the Chicago […]

  • Review: Lightspeed Magazine, April 2014

    Lightspeed Magazine, April 2014 by John Joseph Adams My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a GREAT issue. I don’t think there was one story that wasn’t top-notch. My favorite SF stories were Codename: Delphi and Exhalation. My favorite fantasy was The Only Death in the City. The Afterparty excerpt was great and I […]

  • Review: Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood

    Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood by Jamie Russell My rating: 4 of 5 stars Anyone who has followed my book reviews on Good Reads or my blog knows that I have read quite a bit of video game history. Whether it’s a history of video games starting with the miltiary and university campuses, a […]

  • Review: Programming Perl

    Programming Perl by Tom Christiansen My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve effectively finished this book, although I’ll admit to skipping the section called “reference”; the book had already gotten deeper into the weeds than I needed at the moment. I’ve read a lot of programming books over the past 15 years (and a few […]

  • Review: Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett My rating: 2 of 5 stars This is my second time reading as I do my Discworld re-read. Dropped the start rating from 3 stars to 2 stars. This one seems a slight step backwards in the progression of Discworld novels. It’s not really about any character growth and we […]

  • Review: Introducing Go: Build Reliable, Scalable Programs

    Introducing Go: Build Reliable, Scalable Programs by Caleb Doxsey My rating: 3 of 5 stars Over my many years as a programmer (and now boss of programmers) I’ve read many of O’Reilly’s series – Learning {language}, Programming {language}, {language} in a Nutshell, {language} Pocket Reference. This is the first time (that I can remember) that […]