Category Archives: Reading

Reading the 1944 Retro Hugo Finalists

My reading list for the next several weeks, thanks to the recently announced finalists for the Retrospective Hugo Awards.  Or rather I should say my scavenger hunt because finding some of these stories will be challenging. Update 7/4/2019: Happy Independence … Continue reading

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Book Review: Meditations on Middle-Earth (4 stars)

Meditations on Middle-Earth Edited by Karen Haber ♦ Illustrated by John Howe Essays by Various Authors (see highlights below) First Edition Published: 2001 Read in January 2019 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Excerpt from St. Martin’s Press Synopsis: In … Continue reading

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Reading Resolutions

Happy New Year! My January is fully stocked with reading, book clubs and even a lecture (on a book of course). Tomorrow, I start listening to the audiobook of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles to discuss next Thursday, … Continue reading

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My Reading Recap for 2018

Best Book(s) read in 2018:  The Murderbot Diaries (all of them) by Martha Wells Best Short Fiction: The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata Best Tome: Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright Best Tolkien* Book: The Fall of Gondolin Best Non-Fiction:  Never … Continue reading

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Returning to Tolkien Depths

For the past eighteen months, the Void that is my job, sucked all my spare time and forced me to back-burner several personal projects, including a deep dive into all things Tolkien.  Back in May of 2017, I had just … Continue reading

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Postcards from the Edge of Islandia

The second third of Islandia suffered middle book syndrome even though it’s not actually a middle book.  Yet it is the middle of this book.  The first third had elements of a travelogue, a natural history explorer, a diplomat and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Raven Stratagem (3.5 Stars)

Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee Published: June 13, 2017 by Solaris Books Read: May/June 2018 2017 GoodReads Choice Nominee for Science Fiction 2018 Best Novel Hugo Finalist Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars This time last year I was … Continue reading

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