Posts Tagged ‘books’

Have You Read the New Hunger Games Book? (My Thoughts)

Have You Read the New Hunger Games Book? (My Thoughts)

I have a confession: When I heard there was a new Hunger Games books in the works, I was intrigued at best, but not excited. Part of it was timing–I’m trying to read through the Wheel of Time series this year. The bigger part, though, was that I liked each of the original books less […]


I’m Finally Delving into “The Wheel of Time!”

I’ve read fantasy and science fiction novels since I was a little kid, yet I’ve never read what is considered one of the greatest fantasy epics ever, Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time.” Why? Two reasons (one is not great, the other is reasonable): The first time I was ever exposed to The Wheel of […]


Have You Read the Sci-Fi Book “Providence”?

Have You Read the Sci-Fi Book "Providence"?

Over 20 years ago, a friend handed me a tattered copy of a book. “Read this,” he said, “then pass it along to someone else tomorrow when you finish it.” The book was Syrup by Max Barry. As my friend predicted, I read it in one sitting and was eager to share it with someone. […]


Would You Create an Alternate Reality Just to Know If You Made the Right Choice?

Would You Create an Alternate Reality Just to Know If You Made the Right Choice?

A few days ago I read a riveting short story, “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom,” in a collection of stories by Ted Chiang. I’m going to talk about the premise without spoiling the plot in case you want to read it (I highly recommend the book, Exhalation). The core idea hinges on a near-future […]


Have You Read “The Rage of Dragons” or “The Ninth House”?

Have You Read "The Rage of Dragons" or "The Ninth House"?

Lately I’ve been posting a lot about what I’ve watching, but I’ve also been reading some great books. I just finished The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter last night, and I absolutely loved it! It’s kind of like a fantasy version of Ender’s Game, except the protagonist’s abilities are earned instead of bestowed upon […]


Which Fictional Magic System Would You Most Like to Be Real (If Any)?

Which Fictional Magic System Would You Most Like to Be Real (If Any)?

After recently completing the amazing conclusion to the 5-book Lightbringer series, I posed a question to Megan: If any fictional magic system suddenly became real, which would you choose? There are a variety of ways to look at this. Do you make your pick based on the type of magic you’d most like to try? […]


My Favorite Books of 2019

My Favorite Books of 2019

I read a total of 17 novels in 2019, and I loved almost all of them. Most were continuations of series I was already enjoying, though a few were new to me. I have a top 4 list, but leading up to it are some amazing books, all of which I’d highly recommend: Rosewater, The […]


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, […]