Saturday, May 19, 2018

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of DiscoveryEndurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott    Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent account of everything that makes an astronaut's career. I particularly enjoyed has reading "The Right Stuff" spurred Kelly to his path as an astronaut.


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Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Cosmic AvengersGuardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun - not the same as the movies, but....

I confess to a great deal of ignorance to much in the Marvel Cinematic & Comic Universes, so this was a stretch to sort out the similarities and differences in this book from the movies. But... it was fun, and thanks to Amazon Prime, it was free.... So, now that they suckered me in, I just might need to read more.

And maybe I need to find a Wiki or something to help me sort out the different universes.....


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The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos by Christian Davenport

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the CosmosThe Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos by Christian Davenport
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent - a very good review of what is going on in the "new Space" movement. And - yet again, I find I'm rooting for Blue Origin over SpaceX - we need them both, of course, but I just like the Blue Origin style - I'm rooting for the tortoise!


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Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of ClutterThe Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charming. Not *Really* a how-to, though. More of a why-to, really. But worth reading, especially for those of us who are.... getting up in years.

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Star Trek: Discovery Annual 2018 by Kirsten Beyer

Star Trek: Discovery Annual 2018Star Trek: Discovery Annual 2018 by Kirsten Beyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very nice prequel to Discovery - backstory to the spore drive, not to mention Hugh and Paul's romance. Recommended for Star Trek Disco fans!


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Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

Cold Sassy TreeCold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fine, southern read.

Reminded me of a Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn/ Tom Sawyer. Lots of interesting episodic hijinks with a boy living in Georgia. Thoughtful observations from his Grandfather - a man who doesn't always seem easy to take (or always do the right thing).


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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Head On by John Scalzi

Head On (Lock In, #2)Head On by John Scalzi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Solid!

Scalzi is one of those writers who pull me in - once I start, I can't stop - I burned through this book in less than a day. It's excellent.

This follows from the earlier "Lock In" book, with Chris Shane, FBI agent (read that one first!). It's a terrific murder mystery, police procedural and more. With twists and turns, double dealing and action .... just a terrific yarn!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Enormous Profit by Kieron Gillen

The Enormous Profit (Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #2)The Enormous Profit by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whoa - Aphra is a scheming character isn't she?

This is a roller coaster of a caper-cum-disaster with Aphra working on a scam, er scheme to sell an artifact. I can't even begin to describe it... but it certainly was fun!

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Out Among the Stars by Jason Aaron

Out Among the Stars (Star Wars #6)Out Among the Stars by Jason Aaron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nice collection of stories - more an anthology than one story - nicely done!


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Physics of Star Wars: The Science Behind a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Patrick Johnson

The Physics of Star Wars: The Science Behind a Galaxy Far, Far AwayThe Physics of Star Wars: The Science Behind a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Patrick Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Science fun in the Galaxy Far, Far Away!

To be honest, I didn't *finish* this (ran of out of time on my loan), but it's a very nicely done SCIENCE book that *uses* Star Wars as a launching point for all kinds of articles.

There's two ways to do this - the "buzzkill" way that essentially debunks the errors and inaccuracy of the stories. Maybe satisfying for someone with an axe to grind, but not that enjoyable.

This book does it the other way - "we see x, y, and z in Star Wars... how could that happen?" Then launches into analyzing the in-universe observations of the films, and moves on to explore what it would take in our reality. It's done gracefully and respectfully of the GFFA, real science, and the reader.


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Thursday, March 01, 2018

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse, #1)We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Death is only the beginning for Bob.

This was a fun, snarky ride. Bob's journey to being the savior of humanity only starts when he dies and is reincarnated a spaceship. A take charge guy, Bob breaks past the programming intended for him and has a lot of fun in a Von Neumann kind of way.


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The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

The Night Masquerade (Binti #3)The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Binti - not what you'd expect. In a good way.

Now that I've read them all... I need to go back and read them again. Okorafor takes all sorts of SF themes (aliens, telepathy, space travel) and transforms them through her magical lens. Things that happened surprised me, even shocked me - but in a good way once I was brave enough to read all the way to the end.


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The Face of the Unknown by Christopher L. Bennett

The Face of the Unknown (Star Trek: The Original Series)The Face of the Unknown by Christopher L. Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good follow up to Corbomite.

Lots of call-outs to not only the inspiration ("The Corbomite Maneuver") but many other TOS *and* TAS details. At times maybe a little too many things going on, but an enjoyable time with the Enterprise crew.

Good quotes from the book.

“Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations,” said Spock. “It is when different entities combine, when they complement each other’s limitations, that new and great things can be achieved.”

"Every society has shameful things in its past. It’s harder to be judgmental toward others once you recognize that within yourself.”


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Friday, February 16, 2018

Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 3: Legend Lost by Charles Soule

Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 3: Legend LostStar Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 3: Legend Lost by Charles Soule
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Twists, turns and double dealing.

A good set of adventures with Poe and his squadron. Sorting out the mystery of their betrayal, and more about the fate of Dameron's nemesis Terex. Nicely fit in as back story to The Force Awakens.

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The Storms of Crait by Ben Acker

The Storms of Crait (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nice backstory to Crait!

This one-off book shows us Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie investigating Crait (seen recently in The Last Jedi) as a prospective Rebel base. There's adventure battle and double-dealing along the way. Good story, great artwork; very enjoyable.

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Fortress Atlantis by Karl-Herbert Scheer

Fortress Atlantis (Perry Rhodan - English, #52)Fortress Atlantis by Karl-Herbert Scheer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

John Carter lives!

Well, not John Carter, but....

This is my first foray into the dizzying world of Perry Rhodan, the incredible long-running German Space epic. It was... interesting. Reminiscent in many ways of the sword and planet tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs: light on science, long on valiant battle.

My interest in this was piqued by my recent purchase of "Fire with Fire" a Star Trek novel by German authors. This alone is a first - the English publication of a non-English Star Trek novel. Reading about the authors I found at least one had background with the Perry Rhodan franchise, which lead me to start digging into this gigantic SF edifice. As Mr Spock would say, "fascinating!"


(BTW - shout out to archive.org, which has scanned copies of many of the Perry Rhodan books for loan.)

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

End of Games by Kieron Gillen

End of Games (Star Wars: Darth Vader #4)End of Games by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

These books have a dizzying amount of details and plot threads never seen in the movies... and yet, they are generally crafted well - and done well with beautiful art. Anything with Dr. Aphra and her murderous droids is great, and this has them in spades.

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Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon by Jason Aaron

Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon (Star Wars #2)Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon by Jason Aaron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun - multi perspective Star Wars. Hard to describe; I just keep plugging away at these books - there fun, quick reads an have beautiful art.


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Monday, January 08, 2018

From a Certain Point of View

From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)From a Certain Point of View by Ben Acker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This reminded me a lot of Ken Liu's "Legends of Luke Skywalker" - in fact Liu's in here along with 39 others. It's almost a Star Wars devotional, with so many authors providing their meditation on the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

The breadth of styles and thoughts is striking - and excellent angles of view on Star Wars. While it's easy to dismiss Star Wars as "space fantasy" (and it certainly does have that), in the hands of these authors you discover all sorts of deep, light, serious and comic dimensions. It's a fun exploration from many, many points of view!


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Sunday, January 07, 2018

Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity by James Martin

Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and SensitivityBuilding a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity by James     Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a thoughtful reflection on building bridges, particularly about between the LGBT community and the Catholic church. Expanded from a talk Fr. Martin gave after the Orlando nightclub massacre, he does a good job of considering all parties in a dialog among the faithful - both LGBT and not. It brought to mind John Shore's "Unfair," a collection of the testimony of LGBT Christians and how they've sought to live lives of faith.


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Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone, #25)Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton


When I started this, the alphabet still ended at "Z."

Bittersweet to finish this book just after Grafton herself has left this mortal plain. There will be no "Z" and Kinsey will have to live on in A-Y alone.

There were a lot of twists and turns and typical Kinsey-in-danger moments - I certainly enjoyed the book, though, I think it could have been tightened up. I got a little tired of the jumps between 1979 and 1989 as we slowly got details of the original murder in the story.

Still, I enjoyed the story and the am happy for all the volumes in Kinsey's career. I first read these as audiobooks read, like this one, by Judy Kaye. She will always be the voice of Kinsey Milhone in my mind.


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Friday, January 05, 2018

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 8: Mecca by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 8: MeccaMs. Marvel, Vol. 8: Mecca by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

More complicated, more problems - poor Ms Marvel

I continue to enjoy the exploits of Ms. Marvel - they're complicated, and like other super heroes, not easy. This sees Kamala navigating a take over of Jersey City by xenophobic homeland defenders - defending against superheroes. Oh, and the Red Dagger is now in town - maybe she's superfluous and should take a break from all this ... stay tuned.

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The Shu-Torun War by Kieron Gillen

The Shu-Torun War (Star Wars: Darth Vader #3)The Shu-Torun War by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not bad - just a complicated angle of the GFFA I'm not all that clear on...

There is a huge expanse of comic Star Wars material that I enjoy for the imagery, but some of the details escape me. I mostly enjoyed this for the humor with Dr. Aphra's murderous droids (she is NOT in the story, which would have added one or two stars to my rating). Still, a fun entry.

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Artemis by Andy Weir

ArtemisArtemis by Andy Weir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tremendous - "The Martian" was no fluke!

Probably not fair to say "Andy Weir is the new Heinlein" - he's just getting started - but, man!, he is on the right course.

Instead of simply fighting nature as in his first book, Weir sets up Jazz Bashara as a worker on the Moon, sometimes involved in petty crime, who gets caught up in a MAJOR crime. She's smart - like really, REALLY "why don't you live up to your potential" smart, and she works out a great plan. Of course, this being Weir - things don't work out the way Jazz plans. So she improvises - and improvises again... and keeps at it.

Some authors tell good stories - Weir is among them. A very few tell a story that gets you into can't-put-it-down mode - Weir is in that very select crowd.



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Friday, December 29, 2017

The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu

The Legends of Luke Skywalker (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi)The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Magical!

Liu weaves a spell with a multitude of characters telling tall tales about Luke Skywalker. Fiction, fantasy and fact are spun together in a charming collection of stories. Unlike any Star Wars book I've ever read.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Chewbacca by Gerry Duggan

Chewbacca (Star Wars)Chewbacca by Gerry Duggan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An adventure for Chewie!

Like a do-gooder gunslinger passing through town, Chewbacca crashes on a remote planet where bad guys are enslaving the people in a mine - intending to sell out to the Empire. But Chewie's unexpected arrival, and a plucky kid work together to set things right.

A nice one-off Chewie solo adventure, notable for Chewie getting no deciphered dialog. At one point an Imperial droid is brought in to translate, but that never happens.


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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home by Nicole J. Georges

Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me HomeFetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home by Nicole J. Georges
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sweet. Sad. Complicated.

Georges's memoir is certain to tug at the heart of anyone who has given their heart to a pet, especially a dog, not to mention a dog who doesn't always seem lovable. The story is touching and complicated as it skips back and forth in time through her life - pay attention.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Desperate Hours by David Mack

Desperate HoursDesperate Hours by David Mack
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great fun, great background, great story!

Mack does a terrific job with this prequel to the new Star Trek series, Discovery. As he's explained elsewhere - while technically not canon, his book developed (and named!) characters seen in the series. And connecting Georgiu's crew with Pikes Enterprise crew make for a nice bridge between TOS and the new Disco series.


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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