Category Archives: Books

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

The Phoenix War by Richard Sanders My rating: 3 of 5 stars The fourth book in the Phoenix series, this one continues the story right where it left off in the Phoenix Crisis. As I’ve stated in reviews of previous books in the series, this is not bringing anything novel to the science fiction genre; … Continue reading

The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the second book in the Powder Mage trilogy, following up on the events started in ‘Promise of Blood.’ Mr. McClellan keeps the twists and turns of the story going nicely, with fast paced action that will keep you turning the page. … Continue reading

One Way Forward: The Outsider’s Guide to Fixing the Republic by Lawrence Lessig My rating: 4 of 5 stars Most of us spend our time debating politics from the left, right, or middle, but we all seem to keep missing the real problem that has inexorably lead the United States to become less of a … Continue reading

Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon by James Benford My rating: 4 of 5 stars Starship Century is a collection of science and science fiction focused on both what it would take to reach the stars and what it might be to journey on such voyages. It’s writers include all-stars in both the and science … Continue reading

Permanence by Karl Schroeder My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is a top notch sci-fi read, blending new ideas with a classic feel, and has immediately catapulted Karl Schroeder into my favorite authors list. This book falls into the category of hard sci-fi, but with interesting characters, a well thought out story, and … Continue reading

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Imagine what it would be like if your brain suddenly stopped letting you be who you’ve always been, started causing you to have strange and erratic behavior. This is exactly what Susannah Cahalan experienced when her brain was attacked … Continue reading

Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds My rating: 4 of 5 stars Alastair Reynolds is most popular for his hard sci-fi opera type books, but with this one he takes a slight deviation and brings some new elements to the story. Here you’ll find a mix of steampunk, mystery, angels, airships, cyborgs, and a strange tower, … Continue reading

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens My rating: 4 of 5 stars It is difficult not to be moved by the words of a dying man, but it’s even harder when those words come from a man who is so eloquent in his writing. These are the final writings of the late Christopher Hitchens and they hold … Continue reading

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