Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Star Wars - Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka

Star Wars - Shattered EmpireStar Wars - Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Journey to the Force Awakens," etc. - an interesting exploration of the days following the Empire's fall.


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Monday, October 02, 2017

Headlong Flight by Dayton Ward

Headlong Flight (Star Trek: The Next Generation)Headlong Flight by Dayton Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


More trek! An interesting weave of "real" Trek and alternate history "Trek" meeting at a cross dimensional traveling planet. Hard to describe - but I found a story with NCC1701-D, helmed by Captain Riker, meeting NCC1701-E helmed by Captain Picard strangely affecting.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Star Wars: Poe Dameron, Vol. 1: Black Squadron by Charles Soule

Star Wars: Poe Dameron, Vol. 1: Black SquadronStar Wars: Poe Dameron, Vol. 1: Black Squadron by Charles Soule
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great action - interesting mystery.

The trick with the backstory material in these large franchise universes (Star Wars and Star Trek) is building off the canon material and filling in the details, without painting yourself into a corner that will be made obsolete by the next movie. This does the trick well - known characters and alien races, merged with a goal (find the Lor San Tekka seen in the Force Awakens). It's sort of a tease, but the story, the action, the charactes all worked together here for an enjoyable story.


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space RaceHidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent! A history worth telling.

The saying "the book is better than the movie" was never more true. I enjoyed the movie (it's why I sought out the book), but it is a shadow of the story the book tells. Compressing the lives and accomplishments of these women into two hours inevitably squeezes out so much - and there is SO MUCH more to their lives and what they did. It's a great history - of these women, of the space program and more.


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Star Wars - Darth Vader Vol. 2 - Shadows and Secrets by Kieron Gillen

Star Wars - Darth Vader Vol. 2 - Shadows and SecretsStar Wars - Darth Vader Vol. 2 - Shadows and Secrets by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

... And another volume - great artwork, convoluted caper action along with Doctor Aphra and her murderous droids... Volume 3 on order - Thanks Ramsey County Libraries!!


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Star Wars - Darth Vader Vol. 1 - Vader by Kieron Gillen

Star Wars - Darth Vader Vol. 1 - VaderStar Wars - Darth Vader Vol. 1 - Vader by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay ... slowly becoming knowledgeable in the GFFA world of comics. Doctor Aphra was my gateway drug....


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Star Wars 2017 Del Rey Sampler

Star Wars 2017 Del Rey Sampler: Excerpts from Upcoming and Current TitlesStar Wars 2017 Del Rey Sampler: Excerpts from Upcoming and Current Titles by Delilah S. Dawson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An unexpected treat!

I've grabbed these samplers when they became available over the years, though rarely dug into them. More often than not, the novels "sampled" were ones I'd already read. Last week, after "Force Friday" I came across an article about "Mynock Monday" a sort of Freegan alternative - i.e. "how can you be a Star Wars fan on the cheap. They pointed out how these often included short stories along with the samples - and this was no exception. This book had some very nice stories from all across the GFFA eras. More than worth the price of admission.

FWIW: about Mynock Monday http://eleven-thirtyeight.com/2017/09...


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Friday, September 08, 2017

Doctor Aphra by Kieron Gillen

Doctor AphraDoctor Aphra by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lots of fun! Think Jyn Erso as a combo of Han Solo and Indiana Jones. Doc Aphra is adventurous, smart and deadly (especially thanks to her Wookie and droid sidekicks). With her flexible morality (if any) she's ready to charge into all sorts of trouble - and she does.


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Star Wars: Rogue One - Cassian & K2SO Annual (2017) #1

Star Wars: Rogue One - Cassian & K2SO Annual (2017) #1Star Wars: Rogue One - Cassian & K2SO Annual (2017) #1 by Duane Swierczynski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nice back story for "Rogue One"

Enjoyable adventure giving the origin story for the Andor / K2S0 partnership; I hope there are more to come, I'm sure there is potential for a lot of stories.


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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

X by Sue Grafton

X (Kinsey Millhone, #24)X by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

X is for.... cliff hanger? There's a lot going on in this book and mysteries solved, but... the centerpiece - the one thing Kinsey is investigating.... never quite gets resolved. I suspect more to come in "Y," which is just out. (And why I finally finished this book that had been laying around the house. When you carry a small library on your phone & Kindle some books just languish - especially hardbacks that are more to lug around.)

I really liked the arc of Kinsey's opinion of the late private eye, Pete, who she does not regard highly at the outset.... but learns otherwise over the course of the book.


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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 7: Damage Per Second by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 7: Damage Per SecondMs. Marvel, Vol. 7: Damage Per Second by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More adventures, more complications. Hard to describe, but I keep enjoying these and will be back for more soon!


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Art of Star Trek by Judith Reeves-Stevens

The Art of Star TrekThe Art of Star Trek by Judith Reeves-Stevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun review (though not current) of the artwork behind Star Trek - up through Voyager. I love these sorts of books because they give an interesting perspective on all that goes into making elements of a franchise like Star Trek.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War II by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War IIMs. Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War II by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deeper, darker, but still Ms. Marvel - she's got a lot on her plate. And she and Captain Marvel aren't quite on the same page anymore....


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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super FamousMs. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And now... she's an Avenger?! That's great - I think there's stuff I'm missing in the Avengers and other comics... but it's good.

Ms Marvel/Kamala has more twists and turns.. her brother's getting married, Bruno has found love without her. Then there's the clone army of Kamala's that Bruno and Kamala accidently create.... Okay - time to request Volume 6 from the library...


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Star Trek: Deviations by Donny Cates

Star Trek: Deviations (IDW Deviations)Star Trek: Deviations by Donny Cates
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting,not what I expected....

...and it's a freaking cliff hanger.....

I enjoyed it; it's interesting how alt history can work in a fictional universe...but it does.


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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last DaysMs. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's the End of the World Ms Marvel!!! Who are you going to call??

Another fun entry - sort of anticlimactic, but interesting... and wait, what? Spiderman? And he's a tech entrepeneur? There's a lot I'm out of the loop on in the comics world.


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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Capeville: The Death of the Black Vulture by Matt Mikalatos

Capeville: The Death of the Black Vulture (Capeville #1)Capeville: The Death of the Black Vulture by Matt Mikalatos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am clearly on a super-hero bender... first Ms Marvel. Started watching Jessica Jones... and now this.

Picture a world like "The Incredibles" with super heroes ... made illegal. Add in a ghetto island where they all have to live. Then have John Ajax sent to spend the summer with his grandfather on that island (Capeville). His grandfather who wrote the book (literally) that outlawed superheroes.

Then there's adventure, John taking up the mantle of Black Vulture, not to mention thoughtful reflections on justice, mercy and identity - it's a terrific mix. I'm already looking forward to the next installment, for sure!


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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: CrushedMs. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And.... more fun! Kamala continues to discover and learn what she is in for as Ms Marvel. And she learns lessons in love (and betrayal).


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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation WhyMs. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Super!!

This was terrific (again) and a delight to read. The problems of Ms Marvel, her training and solving the problems caused by the Inventor were a great read. I continue to be impressed and will burn through these as fast as I can lay my hands on them. Between Comixology and my public library, I'm having a great time with these!

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No NormalMs. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent!

I'd read about this reboot of Ms. Marvel, and finally dug in (thanks, Comixology trial membership!)
Really nicely done, thoughtful character torn between her family and her new powers - looking forward to reading the next volume!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bullet for a Star by Stuart M. Kaminsky

Bullet for a StarBullet for a Star by Stuart M. Kaminsky



A breezy detective yarn, set in Hollywood's golden age. Lots (!) of name dropping and cameo appearances from notables of days gone by.


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Revolt in 2100 by Robert A. Heinlein

Revolt in 2100Revolt in 2100 by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a crazy idea, the US controlled by a xenophobic, intolerant religious dictatorship - where do these SF writers get their ideas??? (glances at newspaper) Oh, right.

This is classic Heinlein and sadly, sadly prescient.

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“As for the second notion, the idea that we could lose our freedom by succumbing to a wave of religious hysteria, I am sorry to say that I consider it possible. I hope that it is not probable. But there is a latent deep strain of religious fanaticism in this our culture; it is rooted in our history” 
― Robert A. HeinleinRevolt in 2100

Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

Al Franken: Giant of the SenateAl Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Terrific! Both a personal and a political memoir that gave me a chance to better know a fascinating man. I'm happy to say he's my senator!

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Takedown by John Jackson Miller My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Takedown (Star Trek: The Next Generation)Takedown by John Jackson Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Confusing, but in a good way!

There's a mystery, with Riker and seven other diplomats going off the rails. Why? How? Is it real, is her crazy or... And who is making him review it all?

I was satisfied with the solution, even more when I realized the backstory came from TV episodes, not the novels as I assumed.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Ruth: A Refugee Story by Matt Mikalatos

Ruth: A Refugee Story (Good Story Version of the Bible)Ruth: A Refugee Story by Matt Mikalatos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thoughtful translation of a timely story.

With a really nice afterword reflection /commentary concerning refugees - with lots of practical suggestions for how to help.

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Control by David Mack

Control (Star Trek: Section 31)Control by David Mack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Calling Wintermute....

There's a hint of Neuromancer in here, though a far, far different story.

Mack plays fair - there's a lot of Trek history (both film/tv-canon and novels, including Mack's work). It's part spy thriller, part caper. I haven't read/seen everything referred to, but the author plays fair I think, filling in enough detail that you don't get left behind.

All in all a good Trek story - and I suspect there's still more to come.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pawn by Timothy Zahn

Pawn (A Chronicle of the Sibyl's War, #1)Pawn by Timothy Zahn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zahn does more than Star Wars!

Nobody (!) does Star Wars like Zahn, but that's not all he can do! This is a very good start to a new series. Start with some small time criminals, then add an alien abduction. Find a crew of humans tasked with maintenance on a huge(!) spaceship... and that's just the start. There's mystery, interesting aliens and ... well we'll see when the next book arrives!

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Princess Leia by Mark Waid

Princess LeiaPrincess Leia by Mark Waid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nice in-between the cracks Star Wars story.

Right after the battle of Yavin, Leia fights against all sorts of odds, with the assistance of another Alderaanian, Evaan an X-Wing pilot. Together they gather other Alderaanians in exile, evading capture and betrayal.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the MoonApollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Terrific! Inspiring!

I'm a sucker for space history, and this was excellent. Kluger, who co-authored Lost Moon (aka Apollo 13) with Lovell does a great job reliving the story of Apollo 8. It's worth reading, remembering and thinking about what was accomplished back in '68 - and what we could to again.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Eugenics Wars, Vol. 1 by Greg Cox

The Eugenics Wars, Vol. 1 (Star Trek)The Eugenics Wars, Vol. 1 by Greg Cox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"It's all true!" Those words from Galaxy Quest fit for this stellar exercise in retconning!

I'd read this book when it came out, and recently got Kindle editions of the whole trilogy - it's a fun read. Carefully weaving 40+ years of Trek - and REAL - history into a narrative that explains how we didn't notice the "Eugenics War" and the rise (and fall) of Khan. Oh, and there's a story woven through with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, et al facing a new planet of genetic supermen.

On to the next volume!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Terrific - engaging and full of interesting ideas!

Scalzi leaps off into the unknown - a wholly different universe from his Old Man stories - and it's excellent. A far-future with the ersatz nobility familar to space opera from Honor Harrington to Vorrkosigan and he does it with his own inimitable style. The main downside is... I have to wait for the next volume.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler

The Star WarsThe Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Yikes!

Interesting historically. (a GREEN Han Solo?)
Good artwork.

Bizarre plot - all over the map.

Glad I read it - but man - we dodged a bullet here; grateful the Star Wars filmed... wasn't this...

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Monday, May 01, 2017

Yom Kippur Murder by Lee Harris

Yom Kippur Murder (Christine Bennett Mysteries)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A nice entry in the Bennet series. I particularly liked how she swerved away from every expectation and assumption about 'the facts' of the case. It's also an interesting time-trip to follow Chris Bennet, sans-internet sans-cell-phone needing to do legwork and make connections the old fashioned way.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Good Friday Murder by Lee Harris

The Good Friday MurderThe Good Friday Murder by Lee Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A nice start to a series - kind of a time-trip, set back pre-internet pre-cell phone era, but Sue Grafton does it too.

Already starting the next book.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

Thrawn (Star Wars)Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent - TZ delivers!

Timothy Zahn absolutely defined the gold standard for Star Wars fiction: he delivers hard SF (well, hard space opera) and makes it work. He uses the established canon but tells his own story and creates his own characters. Even now, when the EU has been rendered "legends" he takes the Thrawn-as-canonized-by-Rebels and creates the backstory that defines the Thrawn of legend.

It's a real Holmes and Watson story, too -with Thrawn as Holmes and his aide Vanto as Watson. Following clues, making deductions - it all works well. And Thrawn's study of art is still here.

Definitely worth reading (and reading again).

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig

Aftermath: Empire's End (Star Wars: Aftermath, #3)Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More fun with Norra and her crew!

As the new canon edges out the EU, this is a good entry. I particularly like how Jar Jar is - not sure if redeemed is the right word, but it will do. A very minor point but a good one.

Now we know some more backstory on Jakku, and have some angles on the disarray of the New Republic and Resistance by the time of the Force Awakens.

It has to be tough work, trying to weave in so many details, using the classic characters *and* develop your own (including the now-film-canon Snap Wexley), and Wendig does a good job. Lots of nods to known details - and I think, not a few nods to the EU.

Queued up next: Thrawn. (First I have to finish my re-read of the Thrawn trilogy....

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 2 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 2 (Black Panther, Volume VII: A Nation Under Our Feet, #2)Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 2 by Ta-Nehisi Coates
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting - maybe I'll need to return to these at some point.

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Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Impressive!

Not my cup of tea - not because it wasn't deep and thoughtful - I may be a fossil, but I enjoy the golden age comics more. They certainly can handle all the deep issues of war and peace as well, but this didn't grab me. I suspect I need more of a handle on the back story of Black Panther in his current incarnation. Or I'm not much of a Marvel fan.

I do enjoy some of the modern graphic novels - I liked the Evanovich thriller, and Doctor Fate as well.

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The Superman Chronicles, Vol. 1 by Jerry Siegel

The Superman Chronicles, Vol. 1The Superman Chronicles, Vol. 1 by Jerry Siegel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just SUPER, man!

I really enjoyed this - a classic.

I'll admit, it is scattershot and all over the map. Superman's ethics are at times dubious (drugging a college football player so he can impersonate him, really? Blowing up an oil well to deprive the shady owners of its riches?) But his heart is in the right place, setting juvenile delinquents right, ending wars, fighting traffic accidents - he's out to do good and does it well.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Al Jaffee's Mad Life by Mary-Lou Weisman

Al Jaffee's Mad LifeAl Jaffee's Mad Life by Mary-Lou Weisman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow.

Combine a riveting story, well presented - almost as a book length interview - with illustrations from a beloved cartoonist (who is the subject of the story) and you have a book that knocks it out of the park.

I burned through this in two days - I was desperate to find "how it turned out."

I picked this up at the library after reading http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/201... and could. not. put. it. down.


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Home (Binti, #2)Home by Nnedi Okorafor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent continuation of what is a great new saga.

Spoiler: this ends with a cliffhanger.
Bonus: this ends with a cliffhanger (iow - there is to come! !)

Okorafor continues Binti's story, returning to earth for a pilgrimage, bringing her Meduse friend/enemy/fellow student. Complications ensue. Binti learns things about herself and her family.

Note: I was fortunate to hear Okorafor speak at a local library. She provided lots of interesting personal history and insights into how she developed (and is developing) the Binti saga. There is going to be a podcast of the talk - I recommend looking for it!

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Panglor by Jeffrey A. Carver

Panglor (Star Rigger, #3)Panglor by Jeffrey A. Carver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Twists and turns and interesting adventure!

I really enjoy the Star Rigger stories (especially the Dragon stories!) and this book fits in well with the series. A prequel, of sorts, it had a good arc - from disgraced pilot pressured by, well, space-mobsters, to a castaway, to hero - Panglor goes through a hero's journey of sorts.

Carver's Star Rigger 'verse is a nice change from Star Wars/Trek genre fiction (which I certainly don't eschew). It would be fun to see more - especially in the Dragon realms, though I doubt that is coming.

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Monday, February 06, 2017

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2)A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent continuation of the adventures of Armand Gamache.

I'm reminded for various reasons of Jane Haddam's mysteries - complex, interesting characters.

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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Still Life by Louise Penny

Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1)Still Life by Louise Penny
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent! Suggested by a friend, and glad she did!

This quirky set of characters - and the brilliant Inspector Gamarche - make for a fascinating read! Already deep in the second (and grateful Amazon sold the first two at $2.99 apiece!).

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a CrimeBorn a Crime by Trevor Noah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If Mark Twain were alive.....

...I think he'd see Trevor Noah as a latter-day Tom Sawyer and/or Huckleberry Finn.

Noah tells an amazing story - and hearing it from his lips means that all the African (and Afrikaner) accents and languages come through crystal clear. He's no saint - in fact he seems like a really bad kid at times. But his life and story (and his mother's amazing life) made this a riveting story.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Star Trek: The Official Guide to Our Universe: The True Science Behind the Starship Voyages by Andrew Fazekas

Star Trek: The Official Guide to Our Universe: The True Science Behind the Starship VoyagesStar Trek: The Official Guide to Our Universe: The True Science Behind the Starship Voyages by Andrew Fazekas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nice balance between science and fiction.

Fazekas does a great job interlacing material from the whole range of Trek history with a wealth of astronomy. Along the way he points out all the ways we have (or haven't) achieved Trek technology.

Even better, amid the wealth of beautiful astronomical images, there are many tutorials on how to discover the wonders of the stars, with careful instruction on how, when and where to look into the glories of the night sky.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3)The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

INTENSE.

A very good read - I pretty much burned through it in a day. A very intense mystery/courtroom drama with Bosch facing a civil trial over his shooting of a serial murderer. The trial begins, and evidence arises that maybe the man shot *wasn't* the perp - or wasn't *alone*.

Fast paced, good action, very gritty. Now I need lighter fare as a chaser - on to "Fluency" a first-contact SF story.....

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena from the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory by Stacy Horn

Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena from the Duke Parapsychology LaboratoryUnbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena from the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory by Stacy Horn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

More than kind of *amazing*.

I came across this because of a piece on Atlas Obscura about the Rhine's and their work.... which 1) pointed me towards this book and 2) my library had a Kindle edition and I burned through it.

This book has everything - both the quixotic quest of the Rhines, ghost stories, poltergeists (even the case that inspired the Exorcist) and much more. On top of that, Albert Einstein, Upton Sinclair, Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley and more luminaries put in appearances. A good read, and kind of mind-blowing.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

Darth Vader and SonDarth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a nice monster! Brown does such a sweet job making Darth into a cuddly guy and a good Dad.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Re-read (listen) Strangers from the Sky by Margaret Wander Bonanno

Strangers from the Sky[On a trip, looking for a quick listen - a revisit to a classic]

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Golden Age Trek

There's a window in time when the Trek novels were more unencumbered by editorial oversight, story arcs and trying to be more canonical - and this is a novel from that era. Really kind of quirky in many ways (there's magic, for one!), but still a fun story. [Not a complaint about the current state of Trek literature - just an observation.]

I'd read this long ago, but picked up the abridged audio version with great voice work from George Takei and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock. There's sound effects too! Not your serious full text audio book, almost more of a radio play - but *I* liked it.


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