The Books of 2016

December 27th, 2016 Comments Off on The Books of 2016

Fortunately, Goodreads does most of the work for me: here’s what I read in 2016. My year in books was pretty much dominated by N.K. Jemisin. I read pretty much all her published novels, all three series, and loved basically all of them. I’m sad that I don’t have any more of her to read […]

The Books of 2015

December 28th, 2015 Comments Off on The Books of 2015

The last couple of years, I’ve been making lists of the music I listen to all year and my favorites. I’m working on my 2015 music lists, but I thought I’d do the same with books this year. As with music, these aren’t necessarily books that came out in 2015, but ones I read. The […]

Books, August 2012

December 9th, 2012 Comments Off on Books, August 2012

**** Orson Scott Card – Ender’s Game. I’m not sure how I never read this book before, but it was as good as everyone says. **** Frank Herbert – Dune. Another one I shockingly never read before, and also really good. Now I have to see the movie, and read the rest of the books. […]

Books, July 2012

December 8th, 2012 Comments Off on Books, July 2012

*** Brian Eno – A Year with Swollen Appendices. I got about 1/4 of the way through this book. It’s full of interesting anecdotes and inspiring ideas and thoughts about the creative process, but it doesn’t make for very gripping lie-on-the-couch material. I’d like to get a copy and keep it around to dip into […]

Books, June 2012

December 7th, 2012 Comments Off on Books, June 2012

*** Sir Walter Scott – Ivanhoe. This one starts off pretty slow, and that plus the rampant anti-semitism makes it hard to get into. But the story picks up and ends up being pretty entertaining. Regarding the anti-semitism, my guess is it was fairly enlightened for its time, but it’s kind of annoying to read […]

Books, May 2012

December 6th, 2012 Comments Off on Books, May 2012

*** Ken MacLeod – The Restoration Game. Huh. Even after reading a description of the plot, I don’t remember reading this. I gave it three stars, so I guess it was at least decent. *** Murray Leinster – The Pirates of Ersatz, Scrimshaw, Talents, Incorporated. Good, old-fashion science fiction. All entertaining, mostly forgettable. **** George […]

Books, April 2012

December 6th, 2012 Comments Off on Books, April 2012

Man this was a long time ago and I’ve forgotten some of these books. Very short reviews follow. *** Drew Magary – The Postmortal. Some entertaining speculative fiction — what would life be like if we couldn’t die? Not so great, it turns out. I enjoyed it. ** Neal Stephenson – Reamde. If this had […]

Books, March 2012

June 10th, 2012 Comments Off on Books, March 2012

**** Christopher Priest – The Separation. An interesting alternate-history novel. It’s often unclear which of several parallel workings-out of WWII we’re in, and the various threads weave together and apart throughout, such that the overall impression is of a gestalt of possiblities and secrets than of a specific point about plot or identity. I really […]

Books, February 2012

June 10th, 2012 Comments Off on Books, February 2012

** John Sandford – Rules of Prey. These books are supposed to be good, but I ended up deciding I didn’t really want to read another book about a guy who stalks and murders women. Or at least, not this one. *** Richard K. Morgan – Broken Angels. Good future science fiction space adventure war […]

Books, January 2012

April 3rd, 2012 Comments Off on Books, January 2012

*** Algis Budrys – Rogue Moon. A great idea for a story, explored in a fascinating way. I found a lot of the interpersonal hoo-ha kind of annoying and distracting, but the basic elements of the story and the characters involved were good. And there are some great twists along the way. *** Hilary Mantel […]

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