My rating: 3 of 5 starsThis is the second in the Legends of Shannara duology, following directly from the events of Bearer of the Black Staff. As Sider Ament, the last known Knight of the Word lay dying after his battle with and defeat of a powerful demon, he passes possession of his black staff … Continue reading Friday Review: The Measure of the Magic (Legends of Shannara #2) by Terry Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn this entertaining steampunk story set in 1900s Seattle, Karen Memery is an orphaned young woman making her living working in a high-class bordello. The girls are a tight-knit group, always looking out for each other in what is not an easy lifestyle. When a badly injured girl appears on … Continue reading Friday Review: Karen Memery by Elizabeth Bear
To say, really. I had hoped things would settle down by now, but, nope. It's like some weird, never-ending disaster movie. Can we just roll credits, please? Or, no, wait. Let's just skip straight to THE END. On a more up note (if you are an American football fan): How about those Cleveland Browns? I … Continue reading I Don’t Have Much
One of the writers I know chooses a word every January to focus themselves for the coming year. I like the idea, so I am going to try it this new year. The word I have chosen this year is: FORWARD For me, this is almost the perfect word for 2021. This past year was, … Continue reading What’s the Word?
Happy New Year! Let's hope we move forward positively and to a brighter, better future for everyone! Instead of a review of something I have read or watched or listened to, I am going to make this my annual review of some metrics on the books I did read in 2020. I use the Goodreads.com … Continue reading Friday Review of My Reading Year
So. Out with the old; in with the new, right? And, none too soon, as many are saying. I am not going to tell you I don't agree with that. For the most part, 2020 was a special year. Between the pandemic, political shenanigans, travel bans, restrictions on gatherings and social interaction, and all the … Continue reading Happy New Year!
We got our first significant snow of the season on Saturday. It started as rain, and progressed to a heavy, wet snow that lasted most of the afternoon. We got maybe six inches or so? A lot of branches down and a few trees here. This is what it looked like off the deck: It … Continue reading Winter Is- No, Wait. It’s Here.
My rating: 3 of 5 starsPublished in 1993, Parable of the Sower is set in the 2020s in a society ravaged by climate change, corporate greed, and inequality of wealth. Lauren Olamina lives in a gated community outside Los Angeles with her father, stepmother, and brothers. Lauren is a hyperempath, which means she is able … Continue reading Friday Review: Parable of the Sower (Earthseed #1) by Octavia E. Butler
This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the US. With the pandemic looking like it is ramping up again, many people, us included, will be scaling back on the holiday gatherings this year. We will not have the usual out of town folk here this year. We all just felt it was the safest thing and … Continue reading Thanksgiving Week
My rating: 4 of 5 starsFive independent hackers are given a choice by the government: serve as white hat hackers completing assignments given them or face prison for their past cyber crimes. Faced with that choice, they decide to take the offer. They are sent to an isolated compound where they and the other teams … Continue reading Friday Review: Zer0es by Chuck Wendig