Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

This is the kind of book I would ordinarily not read except for the fact it's the selection for January in my book club. I think without the book club my reading would devolve into stories about killing aliens with high-tech weaponry. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Shatnerverse by William Shatner

I know liking Star Trek is often cited as an indication of immaturity, but when I was a sensitive ten-year-old and watched it for the first time,  an episode called, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", it seemed not only adult, but funny, moving, exciting, and smart in equal measure. I still think that. Most actors have the grace to realize that they cannot transcend the roles they create, but sadly, not all...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Year's Best Science Fiction 28, edited by Gardner Dozois

Anything that claims that it contains "more than 300,000 words of Fantastic Fiction" might not be aimed at the discerning reader, but actually...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Home Fires by Gene Wolfe

A friend turned me on to Gene Wolfe about a year ago, with "The Book of the New Sun" series. With "Home Fires" he departs from the sword and sorcery genre, big time.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Doctor Who

By special request, I'm taking a break from the written word. Conor, this one's for you!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

A book club book, I enjoyed it more than the review suggests. Unusually, it was exactly the right length for what it had to say. 
I have to take it on faith that a deep understanding of math is somehow transcendent; I've tried, but apart from a passing fascination with the Golden Ratio, I hit a wall at school which I have never been able to scale.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Otherwise Known as the Human Condition by Geoff Dyer

He just had an essay in the New Yorker about Spiral Jetty recently. He calls himself a gatecrasher; wandering into genres as he pleases. I think that's what makes his insights so fresh.

Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson

Trying a new inking technique. Too slick! I think I'll go back to the good ol' pen and paper. I've also decided to put the star rating system on hiatus because it's silly.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller

I had to read this for our book club, but was pleasantly surprised.  A child's P.O.V. of her white farming family growing up in Africa as African nations won their independence from colonial rule in the 1970s.