Category Archives: Books

Lockstep by Karl Schroeder My rating: 4 of 5 stars When reading Karl Schroeder you’ve got to be ready to put your brain into overdrive to keep up with the ideas and discussions. Deep within this fairly basic story with complex world building, are hidden some real gems to contemplate: Time – it’s everything to … Continue reading

The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is the third book in the Long Earth series and while it was enjoyable, I did not find it quite as engaging as the previous two. It has the same feel in the writing with a good mix of Stephen Baxter’s science … Continue reading

Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence by Jack Kelly My rating: 4 of 5 stars Written by an author who’s relative fought in the Revolutionary War, this book shows you the growth of the leading officers of the Revolutionary War from amateurs to the men we know defeated the British Empire. … Continue reading

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book had been on my to-read list for quite some time, but the recent announcement regarding it’s conversion to a TV show spurred my need to read this. Now that I have, I’m wondering why it took me this long. The story … Continue reading

The Apex Book of World SF 3 by Lavie Tidhar My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the 3rd volume in a collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories by authors not from America. This is a nice glimpse into the much larger world of sci-fi/fantasy authors from around the world and gives … Continue reading

The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774-1776 by Mark R. Anderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Not many people remember what a large part the Canadian campaign played during the Revolutionary War. This book is the author’s attempt to argue that this was more than just an invasion, … Continue reading

Shipstar by Gregory Benford My rating: 4 of 5 stars I love finding science fiction that hearkens back to some of the older classic science fiction from my youth, and Bowl of Heaven and Shipstar are just such a find.It’s full of hard science, as well as a real sense of adventure and wonder. It … Continue reading

The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang My rating: 4 of 5 stars This short novella provides an interesting look into the possibilities of how artificial intelligence may be created, as well as the effort that may be required to allow such an intelligence to grow. I liked that it came at the concept … Continue reading

Defending the City of God: A Medieval Queen, the First Crusades, and the Quest for Peace in Jerusalem by Sharan Newman My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book cover the period of the crusades that encompasses the reign of Queen Melisende and her father. It’s a fascinating real-life Game of Thrones kind of story, … Continue reading

Anomaly by Skip Brittenham My rating: 3 of 5 stars Anomaly is a rather large format book, spanning the width of at least 2 1/2 to 3 hardcover books, which makes it a bit unwieldy while reading it. I couldn’t exactly carry it on the bus with me. But, what’s inside seems to justify the … Continue reading

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