Posts Tagged ‘books’

What’s the Last Great Book You Read?

What's the Last Great Book You Read?

Over the last few months I’ve been immersed in the second book in a series of books called The Green Bone Saga. I just finished it, and I wanted to share it’s sheer awesomeness with you. The Green Bone Saga is set in a world somewhat similar to ours, with one key difference: Their version […]


My Top 10 Favorite Brandon Sanderson Novels

My Top 10 Favorite Brandon Sanderson Novels

It’s rare that I find an author whose novels I consume so voraciously as those of Brandon Sanderson, and even rarer that the author has enough published books to populate a top 10 list. Off the top of my head, John Scalzi may be the only other author I actively and continually read who would […]


Is There a Sweet Spot (or Time) for You to Begin a New Book Series?

Is There a Sweet Spot (or Time) for You to Begin a New Book Series?

Today I was talking to a publisher friend about game expansions, and he mentioned something I hadn’t thought of: When someone learns about a game for the first time, if they also hear that there are a bunch of expansion for the game, they may be too daunted to buy the core game at all […]


Are There Any Trilogies Released Out of Order?

Are There Any Trilogies Released Out of Order?

Okay, random thought about book and movie trilogies: Are there any that are released out of order? I think I was reading The Poppy War recently when this thought occurred to me. While this isn’t the case for the main character in that book, I love books where you meet a fascinating, fully developed characters […]


My Favorite Books of 2018

My Favorite Books of 2018

I still read for 30 minutes or so before falling asleep each night, and that time has added up to 24 novels read in 208 (some of them quite long, others shorter). I love being able to turn my brain off at night, transitioning from work to another world before falling asleep. This year I […]


3 Amazing Science Fiction Novels

3 Amazing Science Fiction Novels

I’m on a hot streak of fantastic science-fiction novels, and I wanted to share them with you. The first is from Brandon Sanderson, who I think might be the best speculative fiction writer working today. And man does he work…every year he has a new book, sometimes more than one. His most recent novel is […]


Have You Read “Children of Time”?

Have You Read "Children of Time"?

I think Children of Time may be the best book I’ve read this year so far. At the very least, it’s the sci-fi book I’ve enjoyed the most in quite some time. If you like far-future sci-fi and you’re looking for a good read, I’d recommend that you take the plunge without reading further. But […]


What Was the Last Author Reading You Attended?

What Was the Last Author Reading You Attended?

Tonight I had the good fortune of attending a reading by one of the most highly acclaimed sci-fi authors in the business right now, John Scalzi, at the St. Louis County Library. He’s most known for Old Man’s War, but he’s written a lot of other fantastic books. I’ve read all but one or two […]


Have You Read Lightbringer?

Have You Read Lightbringer?

I’m always on the lookout for a great fantasy series, as years often pass between new releases in the various series I’m already hooked on. So when I heard about Lightbringer recently, I decided to give it a try. I heard about the series from a YouTuber I randomly discovered who talks about a wide […]


7 Books I’ve Pre-Ordered for 2018

7 Books I've Pre-Ordered for 2018

I use a Kindle as my primary reading device, and one of my favorite things is getting an alert that a book I pre-ordered months ago has arrived on my Kindle. But…one of my other favorite things is anticipating what’s coming. So tonight I took a look at my pre-ordered books. Here’s what I found: […]


Would You Stay at Hogwarts Overnight?

Would You Stay at Hogwarts Overnight?

I’ve never been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but I’ve been fascinated by the idea of it for years. I love the idea of getting paired with a magic wand, and who wouldn’t want to drink fresh butter beer? I was all the more intrigued when a friend informed me recently that you […]


Thunderhead and Other Benevolent AIs in Fiction

Thunderhead and Other Benevolent AIs in Fiction

My go-to novel recently has been Thunderhead, the second in a series of books about a near-utopian future with a dark twist (death is nearly impossible in this version of the future, so certain people have the responsibility of serving as the Grim Reaper). I enjoyed the first book in the series, but Thunderhead really takes […]


My Favorite Books of 2017

My Favorite Books of 2017

I read every night before I fall asleep for about 30 minutes (it depends on how tired I am). As a result, this year I read 17 books, and none of them were misses. In fact, almost every book on my list has at least a 4.5 on my 5-point scale. Maybe I need a […]


Have You Read Artemis?

Have You Read Artemis?

Rosario Dawson read “Artemis” to me on my car ride to and from Virginia last week. It was delightful. Okay, Rosario wasn’t in the car with me. But her voice was–she is the audiobook reader for Andy Weir’s new book, Artemis. If that name rings a bell, it’s because he wrote the excellent book “The […]


Have You Ever Cleared Your Schedule for a Book?

Have You Ever Cleared Your Schedule for a Book?

It’s been a long time since I cleared my schedule for a book. In fact, the last time I truly did that was in July 2007–over 10 years ago. That’s when book 7 of the Harry Potter series was released. My copy was delivered in the morning, and I spent all day reading it. I’ve […]


Pet Please #148: Kindle Samples

Pet Please #148: Kindle Samples

As much as I loved getting wrapped up for weeks or months in a new book (currently We Are Legion [We Are Bob]), one of my favorite things is when I haven’t selected my next book to read and I get to try out the various Kindle samples I’ve downloaded. Let’s back up for a […]


What’s the Best Science Fiction Novel You’ve Read This Year?

What's the Best Science Fiction Novel You've Read This Year?

John Scalzi is one of my favorite sci-fi authors. He has the remarkable ability to introduce a new alien race and describe–within just a few pages of plot, not exposition–a huge amount of detail regarding what makes that race unique, special, and interesting. Becky Chambers, author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, […]


What’s the Most Likely Source for Interstellar Travel?

What's the Most Likely Source for Interstellar Travel?

I’m currently reading an exceptional sci-fi book that I’ll discuss in a day or two. For now, I want to focus on a question raised by the book: What is the most likely source for interstellar travel? Various sci-fi books and movies have suggested these sources: Humans figure it out Artificial intelligence cracks the code […]


Are You Built Well for Time Travel?

Are You Built Well for Time Travel?

Warning: This post contains spoilers from the first 10% of a book. Even just knowing the book paired with the subject line contains a spoiler from that portion of the book. After reading Seveneves last year, I’m all-in on author Neal Stephenson. That’s why I’ve spent the past two months with The Rise and Fall […]


Have You Read “An Ember in the Ashes”?

Have You Read "An Ember in the Ashes"?

Even though I’m a 36 year-old man, I’m a sucker for great YA dystopian fiction. You know, Red Rising, The Hunger Games, etc. It’s a pretty short list, unfortunately. Just recently a friend introduced me to An Ember in the Ashes, and I fell hard for it. The writing is excellent, the story is gripping, the world […]


What’s the Best Novel You’ve Read This Year?

What's the Best Novel You've Read This Year?

I almost didn’t read what is now one of my favorite books of 2017. A few months ago I was browsing Amazon in search of a fantasy novel when I noticed a book called Age of Myth. Both the name and the cover art screamed “generic fantasy,” so I almost moved on…but then I noticed […]


My Favorite Books of 2016

My Favorite Books of 2016

Looking at my list of books read in 2016, I’m surprised to see that there are only 14 books on the list. I read every night, so why so few books? I think it’s because a lot of these are long books. Books that take me 1-2 months to read at my pace of 30-45 minutes per […]


Have You Read the Best Harry Potter Book?

Have You Read the Best Harry Potter Book?

Until a few days ago, I thought the best Harry Potter book was #6 (The Half-Blood Prince). Now imagine how my world has been turned upside down by discovering that not only have I not read the best Harry Potter book, but it’s not even written by JK Rowling. More on that sacrilege statement in a […]


Which Type of Show Are You Most Likely to Binge Watch?

Which Type of Show Are You Most Likely to Binge Watch?

I’ve been fascinated by the idea of “binge watching” for years now. I think it started becoming a thing when entire seasons (and series) of shows became available on DVD, and Netflix has taken it up a notch by releasing entire seasons of new shows all at once. I don’t think I’ve ever technically binge-watched […]