Thursday, December 19, 2019

My Year in Books at GoodReads

Check out #MyYearInBooks @goodreads to see the 44 books I read in 2019!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Review: The Last Astronaut

The Last Astronaut The Last Astronaut by David Wellington
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sort of a "Rendezvous With Rama" but as a horror/weird novel. Maybe even shades of Lovecraft.
The characters are damaged, make bad decisions - they're human.

The ending frustrated me: a decision is made that, if you think about it, only delays the big problem of the story.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Reread of the The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first read The Lord of the Rings when I was a teenager and loved it. I may have re-read it once after that before now. Recently, Amazon had the Kindle version of The Lord of the Rings on sale for three bucks - I couldn't pass up that deal. I have a hard copy of the book, but ebooks are easier to read in the dark while my wife sleeps.

I found, rereading LOTR again, that the movie version - and having read novels by authors like James Rollins and Matthew Reilly - have spoiled me for getting to straight to the plot and moving it along, with sparse descriptions of only what you need to know right now. Whereas the book of LOTR simmers, meanders, repeats, wanders, marinates you in the world of Middle-Earth.

I found myself skimming, and downright skipping, huge swathes of the book this reread. That makes me sad for my reading attention span.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone

Empress of ForeverEmpress of Forever by Max Gladstone

So... when I read the back of the book. I thought to myself, I know exactly what the twist is and how it ends. I got about 10% in and couldn't take it anymore, I jumped to that last couple of chapters, and I was pretty close. Gave up on it.

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Postgraduate by Ian Shane

PostgraduatePostgraduate by Ian Shane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ian Shane's writing in Postgraduate captures the drama, friendships, and struggles of young adults in college still finding themselves, and of the middle-aged struggling with discovering who they've become is not who they set out to be. The loss of friends, family, and relationships is felt throughout.

Each chapter is titled after a song in the playlist of the life of the main character, Danny, and shows Shane's own love of the music from his college years. Danny's recover from a divorce leads to a mid-life crisis; as he rebuilds his music collection he decides to start an internet radio station built on the bones of his old college radio station. A chance call from an old professor gives Danny the chance to recover a lost love, attempt to mend old friendships, and mend himself in the process.

Within Postgraduate, I like how the story flows from Danny's middle-age life, back to his college years telling the story of what started him on his path, and back to Danny's current life as he must face the music and start all over.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Good book! Stars Uncharted

Stars UnchartedStars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book hit many of my likes in a story!

  • Space travel.
  • Set in an indeterminate future time.
  • Space salvage (though not much of this, and mostly just kind of mentioned).
  • No aliens.
  • Tech that just exists, with no need to explain it.
  • Male and female characters that don't fall in love and are just friends or co-workers (though a couple of them maybe started down that path).
  • Main characters living on the raggedy-edge of making a living, worrying about where their next paycheck is coming from, but happily working for it doing what they want.

And probably many more.

Read it!

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