I felt trapped, but in a good way: Lock In book review

So, I finished Lock In by John Scalzi the other day, and thought it time to write a review. The book’s all about people that were afflicted with some sort of neurological virus that prevents people from having voluntary control over their bodies. They’re aware, but unable to respond in any way. You can check out the review on the …

Skin Game: Dresden goes on a heist (book review)

Take Ocean’s 11, replace the crew with a wizard, a warlock, two fallen angel-possesed bad guys, a cop, a knight of the cross, and a summoner, then throw in a pinch of Mab, the queen of the winter fae and Uriel the archangel, and you’ve got Skin Game, by Jim Butcher.  Yeah, I know, it’s a mouthful, but if you …

The Martian: what hard Sci-Fi should be (book review)

I actually got through this book a month or two ago, but, for some strange reason, didn’t bother writing a review of it.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me, because this book DEFINITELY deserves the attention. Why?  Because it was awesome; that’s why.  Seriously, this book is fantastic, and, despite being an overly critical person, I would have to …

Divergent suspension of disbelief (book review)

So there’s a movie coming out called “Divergent.” It’s based on a YA book set in a post-apocalyptic world, where one girl must come to grips with the fact that she’s different while fighting against an evil and oppressive faction of society bent on dominating humanity.  Sound familiar?  Yeah, I thought “Hunger Games” when I picked it up too. Anyhow, …

The gradually warded man (book review)

I recently listened to this book because it was one of the top rated fantasy titles on Audible. So, I figured it was worth checking out, and it was (you can read the eBook for free from your library). That being said, Peter V. Brett (the author) claims that this is book the first in a five book series.  I’m …

Why characters die in Game of Thrones

Let me start this post off by stating that there will not be any spoilers here.  I’m going to talk in general terms with Game of Thrones (GoT) as my example because most people are at least passingly familiar with it, and it’s kind of famous for killing off characters. So, why does mean old George R.R. Martin kill off …

Book Review: The Human Division (it’s hard being green)

I finished The Human Division by John Scalzi today, which is set in the Old Man’s War universe.  It’s the conglomeration of a bunch of written “episodes” that were released one-at-a-time Starring John Perry‘s fellow old-fart, Harry Wilson (among others).  It’s like a TV series, except better for your brain. So, how’d it stack up as a back-to-back compilation?  More …