Episode 1-11: Time After Damned Time Wherein I Review: 35. Mr. Shivers by Robert Jackson Bennett 36. The Stainless Steel Rat for President (Stainless Steel Rat #8) by Harry Harrison 37. Blood and Lemonade by Joe R. Lansdale 38. Just One Damned Thing After Another (St. Mary’s Chronicles #1) by Jodi Taylor Hap and Leonard do a very special clip show, still following the exploits of the inexplicable rat, I ponder what it’d be like if Johnny Appleseed or Paul Bunyan went serial killer, and I finally find time travel that I like. All you have to do is make it […]
A coworker recommended this one after I’d said I’d watched and really, really liked Alias Grace. Before this, the only Atwood book I had read was Handmaid’s Tale and while this also deals with a dystopian future and the end of humanity as we know it, it’s more of a science fiction than philosophical end. It is also waaaay too clearly just the first book in a series. Like The Hobbit took one book and divided it into three movies – I feel like Oryx and Crake took one movie and is milking three books out of it. It didn’t feel like enough happened for […]
The Vorkosigan Saga is one of those classic SF series that has been a little intimidating to me because there are so many books in the series, and the suggested reading order of the series is not the publication order, so it doesn’t naturally lend itself toward easily identifying the “next” book in the series. Cordelia’s Honor is actually an omnibus edition comprised of Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan #1) and Barrayar (Vorkosigan #7)(???) Here’s a short plot description from Goodreads for both of those: Shards of Honor – “When Cordelia Naismith and her survey crew are attacked by a renegade […]
As you might guess from some of my other posts, I am enough of an Internet Old that this was a re-read for me. I thought it held up beautifully.
The second Bobiverse novel takes off where the other one left off, but felt less fun. I don’t think it was necessarily less light-hearted but how entertaining this one is basically all depends on how entertaining Bob is to the reader – I don’t dislike Bob, but he also isn’t anywhere in my top ten of people I would like to clone and take over the world so I was ready for some other voices. It’s weird, I feel like one novel told from one Bob would have been fine, it’s the fact that it’s shifting view points but every […]
So there’s this kind of reverse engineering you can do with some music. It might be entirely bullshit, but it’s fun. What you do is take a band you like and trace back their entire career to a single influential song by a sort of demi-god of music that came before them. In some case, it might even be a single not, moment, riff, whatever. So mine: No Quarter by Led Zeppelin explains the entire career of Tool. Others might be: Run run run by Velvet Underground is all of Violent Femmes. This novel does that same thing. Contained with […]
It’s strange, but true. I read A Wrinkle in Time when I was a kid and loved it, but trying to figure out tesseracts made me a bit stressed out. Dava Sobel’s The Planets, with it’s good explanations of a mind boggling solar system, did the same thing. And then we come to Crouch’s Dark Matter, which also talks about the creation of a multiverse. It’s too much for my simple brain – it’s all basically infinity and I just can’t comprehend and it actually makes me anxious. Despite my panic over physics, I really enjoyed this book, another gift from […]
You guuuuuuuuys. This one was so good. I think they’re ALL good, but I know some people struggled more with book four. I hope nobody struggled with this one, because it got deeper into these characters that we already know and love, and I was legit worried about the heightened levels of peril. Which seems surprising, given how often the crew of the Rocinante finds themselves in the midst of universe-spanning drama. In book five of the Expanse series, our intrepid crew finds themselves separated. During some forced downtime while their ship is repaired after the adventures of book four, […]