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Charley in the Wind by David Farland: Heartbreaking But Compelling

Yesterday, I was disappointed with a story written early in David Farland's career. He's one of my favorite authors, and I didn't get why. It was written early in his career, and even by his own admission was a real … [Read More...]

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At The Virgin’s Doorstep by David Farland: Just UGH

Ugh. Just Ugh. At The Virgin's Doorstep by David Farland is just really bad. It starts out as something of a coming of age story, and then, before you know it, you don't even want to come of age in this world. Who wants to … [Read More...]

Burning Girls by Veronica Shanoes Is Dark and Moving

Burning Girls by Veronica Schanoes Is Dark and Moving

Every now and then, in the midst of all the dross, you read something that moves you. Veronica Schanoes' Burning Girls is just one such story. Set in the late 19th century, Burning Girls is about Deborah, the daughter of … [Read More...]

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Ink Readers of Doi Saket by Thomas Heuvelt: A Modern Myth?

The Ink Readers of Doi Saket by Thomas Olde Heuvelt is something different is something different. And, for some reason, it's a Hugo nominee, too. Near the end of the Mae Ping River in Thailand, a town plays a special role … [Read More...]

The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu is not Scifi

The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu is not Scifi

The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu is not scifi. Clever, maybe, but Hugo worthy? There's something clever about this story. Water that falls on you from nowhere...when you are fibbing. The conceit is the … [Read More...]

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25 Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time…Maybe

What are the 25 best sci-fi books of all time? In a genre that has constantly evolved since before the days of Mary Shelley, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells (okay, okay... I recognize that the days of Shelley and Verne and … [Read More...]

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Equoid by Charles Stross: Hugo Winner

Equoid by Charles Stross is a Hugo winner, in a year that's had quite a bit of controversy. Initially, I was impressed by the story, but the more I think about it, the less I am. Intelligent, articulate, and witty, it has … [Read More...]

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I, Robot by Isaac Asimov: Modern Scifi Owes a Debt

I, Robot. Is there a selection from the golden age of science fiction that better epitomizes the era? There's no doubt that Isaac Asimov's I, Robot is a science fiction classic. Complete with the three laws of robotics, it … [Read More...]

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Book Review | The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman is not your average guy. He’s got his life scheduled and organized for optimal efficiency and zero time waste. He's a brilliant professor of genetics, but socially he’s inept, and he’s smart enough to know it. He … [Read More...]

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Star Wars and the Hero’s Journey

If you’ve ever wondered why Star Wars continues to resonate with viewers young and old decades after its special effects have been eclipsed by new technology, look no further than Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero with a … [Read More...]

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