I have a friend from college (@stephonee) who runs a yearly charity event for charity: water*. This event takes the form of a ridiculous videogame marathon where the givers choose the games and how long they’re played by their donations.
I’ve never liked Rincewind. He’s got all the likability of a sea mine, and about as much directionless destructive ability. This is the point, I suppose, and while I don’t necessarily need a likable lead in the novels I read (certain Malazan books come to mind), there’s a detestability about Rincewind that makes me want to obsessively wash my hands.
Stranger in a Strange Land, in two parts. 1: The Obligatory What Does the Government Do. 2: The Philosophy of Sexual Politics according to Robert Heinlein.
While I found The Stars, Like Dust to be merely good, The Currents of Space is now my favorite Asimov book.
The most important thing to know about The Ram Rebellion is that it isn’t a novel, but a series of short stories on the same topic (The Ram Rebellion) that culminate into a novella, and these shorts are not written by the same authors. The result is that the story quality is incredibly uneven; some are quite good, and some are quite bad.
To understand this review, first you have to understand how I read the Sandman comics. Whenever my wife goes away for a few days, I read a volume of the Absolute Sandman. I don’t quite know how I started this or why, but this is how things are. And, just over a year ago, my daughter was born. The past several days have been the first my daughter’s been away from me since she was born.
This is the environment in which I’ve started–and finished–Absolute Sandman, Vol 4. For reasons that will become obviously, spoilers to follow.
In 1843, Alexander Bain applied for the first patent on a “chemical telegram” which could record “lines and ticks” and send them over the telegraph. By 1846, he could sketch and send images. Read the complete history of the telegraph
This post is part of a series called First to Review, where I review Amazon Kindle books that haven’t been reviewed by anyone else. The idea is, any review is better than no reviews. Amount read: 100% When I knew
Nothing kills a book on Amazon’s Kindle marketplace like having no reviews. Though I can’t find any at this particular moment (#Googlefail), I’ve read several articles that say even bad reviews are better than no reviews. Keeping that in mind,
I have a confession to make: I’ve never been able to get into Le Guin’s books. I’ve read The Left Hand of Darkness and the Earthsea trilogy, and there’s something to the voice that I find dry and intolerable, like
I picked up The Gunslinger in a bookstore on a hunch and a sense of obligation. I can’t put my finger on why, but I’d never read a Stephen King book before, though they’re certainly in my wheelhouse of interests
Coming to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? from Blade Runner is an interesting experience, given the drastic changes in tone (the glitzy corporate overpopulation of Blade Runner vs. the post-apocalyptic depression of Do Androids Dream?). Shaking the dust of