Category: Books

Ender In Exile: OSC Blows One

I am a big fan of Orson Scott Card’s writing*. I’ve been especially a fan of the Ender series (both the Game and Shadow cycles). So with great excitement I got Ender In Exile the latest in this long, ongoing series. It’s set between Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead or so it claims. […]

Uglies: The Review

I rarely trust recommendations for reading from most of my friends because my tastes and theirs tend to not match up well. That’s not to say there haven’t been the occasional hits, but mostly it doesn’t work well. There have been exceptions: Paul used to do pretty well in matching my tastes and Jose has […]

Foundation by Mercedes Lackey

I’ve got another book to give a quick review on. I’ve read most of Mercedes Lackey’s work (my friend Paul had recommended the first one to me aeons ago). Lately I’ve given them a little less attention as my horizons expanded and my time for free reading decreased — you should see my unread book […]

The Murphy Post: It’s all His Fault (plus Nation Book Review)

First, my original flight was cancelled months ago, so I was re-booked on the afternoon flight. I e-mailed the legendary media-whore and American Airlines pilot VanMurph and told him he should arrange to fly my flight. It’s too bad he didn’t because I had a surprise for him. I had a copy of the article […]

Random Stuff From a Cluttered Mind

First, <no idea what was here. It’s lost to posterity.> Second, I must write a half-book review. Half-book? Year, the book was so uninteresting I didn’t finish. I tried three times to wade through the muck and give it one last chance, but it just wasn’t good. I wanted it to be good. But it […]

Heavens to Murgatroid

Thanks to Snaglepuss for today’s subject line which has no bearing on anything at all! Two quick book reviews. First, Cruel Zinc Melodies by Glen Cook, another novel in the Garrett PI series. As all novels in this series, it was enjoyable. There has been less and less humour in each successive novel. That’s not […]

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Book Review)

This part is spoiler free. I was with Adrian at Barnes & Nobles a few weeks ago while he looked for a copy of the new Vladimir Tod novel, when I saw a book sitting there. I wasn’t going to pick it up because it just didn’t seem interesting. But, on the cover was a […]

Randomness Part Sept

First, a shout out to David Higgins for this awesome video of Pan American Airlines transatlantic flights back in the days when flying was enjoyable. Woe is us for modern air travel. Spend the 12-1/2 minutes and watch this promotional film. It’s a hoot, a gas, and so forth. I spent quite a few dollars […]

Airman by Eoin Colfer (Review)

Avast ye scurvy dogs, there be no spoilers about so read on without fear. I purchased Airman on 30 December 2007 at Foyle’s in London for £2 off and then promptly misplaced it once I got back, never reading it. I found it a few days ago and thus commenced reading this book. A reader […]

Tunnels (Review)

Tunnels is a book by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. I bought this right after Christmas at the Borders near Sawgrass Mills. It was an unintended purchase. As is my wont, I was walking through the bookstore and the title, for obvious reasons, struck me. I picked it up and found it was set in […]