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What I Read In 2014

Posted on January 16, 2015 - Filed Under Book Review | Leave a Comment

I didn’t really read as much as I’d like this year, however, here’s what I managed to get through. Enjoy! The Psychopath Test Jon Ronson Blah blah blah, there are psychopaths all around us, some of them are smart. And many of them are problems of Rumsfeldian proportians: The very fact that they don’t seem [...]

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The Hyperion Tale

Posted on June 23, 2014 - Filed Under Book Review | Leave a Comment

How not to reference the contemporary world in Science Fiction. Full disclosure, I listened to “Hyperion,” by Dan Simmons. I was going on some pretty long vacations, where I’d be staring out the window, looking at countryside, so an audiobook seemed perfect. And, in terms of production values, I’d recommend Hyperion. This is anything but [...]

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So I Read All the Hugo Award Nominees

Posted on December 9, 2013 - Filed Under Book Review | Leave a Comment

And I wasn’t so impressed. Earlier this year, I found out that for $50, you can become a voting member for the Hugo Awards (Nebula uses a panel of judges). For that money, you get an (electric) copy of everything. And that includes the novellas, magazines and all that jazz. But I just ponied up [...]

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Hey Read This… I Am A Doctor, I Have Brought A Banana

Posted on January 7, 2013 - Filed Under Book Review | Leave a Comment

And other such nonsense from an accomplished ESL student. Speak, Memory. By Vladamir Nabokov. Quick, name the only author who has a book in both the fiction (two here, actually) and non-fiction lists of the Modern Family Best 100 Books? Stumped? The answer would be none other than Vladamir Nabokov. “Speak, Memory” follows his first [...]

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Video Games Are Definitely Real

Posted on November 19, 2012 - Filed Under Book Review | Leave a Comment

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card 15 Years Later Sorry 12 year old Heath. I haven’t taken over the world. I’m not a supercommander in charge of Space Forces. I’m not a robust leader of angry men. But I did just re-read your favorite book, “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. It’s kind of sad [...]

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Hey, Read This… How to Catch an Assassin: The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

Posted on August 7, 2012 - Filed Under Book Review | Leave a Comment

One lead at a time. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth Throughout his rule as president of France, Charles de Gaulle would survive multiple assassination attempts. But he was never as close to death as he was when a British assassin, known only as ‘The Jackal’, had him in his sights. The Day [...]

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Service Guarantees Citizenship

Posted on June 18, 2012 - Filed Under Book Review | Leave a Comment

Starship Troopers By Robert Heinlein This is one of the few cases where I saw the movie before I read the book. In fact, while I read the book, I watched the film. It was pretty cool. There are a great many points where the movie directly quotes the book. All things considered it was [...]

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Hey Read This… Great Food! At Low Prices!

Posted on May 14, 2012 - Filed Under Book Review | 1 Comment

An Economist Gets Lunch By Tyler Cowen Tyler Cowen has been reviewing ethnic restaurants in the DC Metro area since before I was forced to learn how to write cursive. His chapter on eating well in his first book (“Discover Your Inner Economist”) I thought would be enough. But “An Economist Gets Lunch” is without [...]

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Hey Read This… Pew Pew Beach Thriller!

Posted on May 8, 2012 - Filed Under Book Review | Leave a Comment

Lifeguard James Patterson Yeah you read that right, I read a James Patterson novel. He’s the highest paid writer in the world for a reason. Every year he publishes a beach-themed thriller. This is one of them. I won’t digress into an analysis of this book, but there is one thing to always keep in [...]

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Bird by Bird; Book by Book

Posted on April 30, 2012 - Filed Under Book Review | Leave a Comment

Bird by Bird By: Anne Lamott Steven King was once asked how he got his writing done. He answered, “Well, I write one word, then I write another. Then I keep going.” That’s about the best advice any writer can give or get. At a certain point, you have to sit down and write. In [...]

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