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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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Four Decades of Fellowship

The Fellowship of the Ring Part One of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien Read in late 1976 or early 1977 Rating:  Five Stars Review originally published at GoodReads This battered well-read edition of The Fellowship of the … 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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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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Field Notes from My Retro Utopian Adventure

I’m in the final phase of my Hugo finalist reading, concentrating on the Best Novel category.  In the right-hand panel of my blog, you’ll find my “Currently Reading” widget which is just the RSS feed for my GoodReads status updates.  … Continue reading

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Reading the Best Novelette Finalists (2018 & 1943)

I predict it will take me longer to get through the Best Novelette category than any of the other short fiction categories.  Most modern novellas and some of the short stories are available in audio format.  Thanks to Heinlein’s continued … Continue reading

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Reading the Hugo Best Short Story Finalists (2018 & 1943)

While I’m waiting on my interlibrary loan requests to be fulfilled for the 1943 Retro Hugo short fiction finalists, I’ve begun reading the current Hugo short fiction finalists, starting with the short stories.  These are easily completed during my lunch … Continue reading

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