Grave Peril by Jim Butcher My rating: 2 of 5 stars This time, Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, the only working wizard in the Chicago phone book, is facing a series of ghosts making more than a little bit of trouble in his town. Add to that a powerful demon that seems bent on taking out … Continue reading Friday Review: Grave Peril (Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a very short story- only about 4 pages- by the well-known and well-loved author of The Earthsea Trilogy and The Left Hand of Darkness. It is intriguing and disturbing, and raises questions that maybe we … Continue reading Friday Review: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. LeGuin
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson My rating: 3 of 5 stars Jenny Lawson is probably best known as The Blogess. This book is the first of her memoirs and it is, like many memoirs, essentially her life story. But Lawson has not had anything near a normal life. … Continue reading Friday Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi My rating:4 of 5 stars This is the second book in the Interdependcy series by Scalzi, and it picks up pretty much right where The Collapsing Empire left off. To give a short recap of the story so far: The Inderdependency is a group of planets inhabited by humans … Continue reading Friday Review: The Consuming Fire (Interdependency #2) by John Scalzi
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson My rating: 3 of 5 stars I have never been very good with math. I can do basic stuff- make change, simple percentages, the kind of thing you actually use in life. But complicated, theoretical stuff? Way over my head. At the same time, I … Continue reading Friday Review: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
That's right. One more day to take advantage of the presale discount on my new space opera novel, Two's Company. It's scifi action-adventure featuring Deuce Grainger, a poker playing, Scotch drinking shuttle jockey faced with losing her main source of income if her friend's terraforming company is sabotaged out of business. Her companion AI Personality may … Continue reading One Day More: Two’s Company Drops Tomorrow!
Narrated by Kate Reading Bellwether by Connie Willis My rating: 3 of 5 stars Sandra Foster is a research scientist working for the Hi-Tek corporation studying fads, specifically the bobbed hair fad among women in the 1920s. Hi-Tek is hoping she will discover how fads begin in order to use that to their marketing advantage. … Continue reading Friday Review: Bellwether by Connie Willis (Audiobook)
The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is Brazilian author Paulo Coehlo's first novel, and the precursor in many ways to his more famous work, The Alchemist. In The Pilgrimage, Coehlo narrates the journey he undertakes to travel the road to Santiago de Compostela. He must make the pilgrimage as … Continue reading Friday Review: The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coehlo
In the Snows of Haz by Maxine Janerka My rating: 3 of 5 stars This murder mystery takes place in the small, outlying town of Haz Gate, a mountain village in an undetermined country. Like most small towns, it has its secrets and its own dynamic. A stranger comes to town from the capital, and … Continue reading Friday Review: In the Snows of Haz (The Heart of the World #1) by Maxine Janerka
The Towers of the Sunset by L.E. Modesitt Jr. My rating: 3 of 5 stars Creslin's mother, the matriarch of the powerful military country known as the Roof of the World, has arranged his coming marriage to Mageara, sister to the ruler of a neighboring country. Mageara's sister has forced Mageara to accept a blood … Continue reading Friday Review: The Towers of the Sunset by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.