Easily one of the most facinating and compelling stories I’ve read in the past year.
More theory than practice. Will be a good reference.
As she did with The Odyssey, Wilson has done a masterful job here.
Halvorson has a learner-friendly approach to teaching formal logic.
You don’t need to follow Allen’s GTD method religiously to get a lot of benefit out of it.
Book Review: Miso, Tempeh, Natto, & Other Tasty Ferments by Kirsten K Shockey and Christopher Shockey
It’s a pragmatic book that I’ll be adding to my collection very soon now.
Overall, it was a timely and valuable read for me.
The entire book was fascinating and more than once I stayed up too late just to learn more.
Despite its complex and highly scientific topic, it was an engaging read.
I feel I’ve ended my journey with this series, enjoying the first half but not the final.
While I did like this one, of all the Murderbot books so far, this is the one I enjoyed reading the least.
‘The story of adulteration has been a story of the repeated failure of modern politics to value consumer interests above those of the market.’
It was an adequate way to pass the time, but I don’t feel compelled to seek out the next book in the series.
It was enough to give me a better idea of what’s involved in writing grants.
It’s so rare I get the chance to read a work that’s both unique and brilliantly executed.
I read (or at least started and then set aside) 43 books in 2023.
I read the first half, closed the book, and moved to one that would be a better use of my time.
Blodget knows his stuff and is eager to share it.
Chambers is rapidly rising to the upper echelons of my preferred authors.
In general I don’t feel reading this was time lost, but I’m not likely to chase down other works by Talabi.
Book Review: Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures by The National Museum of African American History and Culture et alios
This was a fun, revealing, and vibrant exploration of African American culture, past and future.
Overall this book was such a huge let down. The best I can say for it is that it’s short.
Despite my biases, I gave this book a try and am glad I did.
I enjoyed this a lot, as well as the development of the characters.
A good conclusion, but it felt like a bit of a race to the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and was saddened to learn that my library doesn’t have the rest of the series.
Jemisin’s infused every page with her love for her home.
A gender-swapped Sherlock set in a fantasy world ought to be my bag, but this one didn’t capture me in the least.
It was too gritty, too violent, too angry, and that’s exactly why I read it anyway.
I came here for history, not for rich men’s midlife crises.
I didn’t dislike it like Spiderlight, but I didn’t love it like Elder Race.
Clark continues to entertain and impress me with his stories.
I cut my losses and quit reading when I reached chapter three.
The book is laser focused on an academic audience, not a practical one.
It was an OK book, and I don’t regret my time spent with it.
A vivid and horrifying picture of the trap we’ve built for ourselves.
It was a fun read with some concepts I’ve not seen in other fantasy books.
The entire work is completely charming, in the most magical sense of the word.
On the list of books I want to revisit every few years.
Inspirational and unflaggingly optimistic despite the serious nature of the problem addressed.
Book Review: Our Fermented Lives, A History: How Fermented Foods Have Shapes Cultures and Communities by Julia Skinner
This book was a good read that I recommend to anyone who wishes to consume and create more mindfully.
It’s a solid story with well-rounded characters set in a meticulously crafted world.
The story builds well upon the foundation laid in the first book.
It was an entertaining read, worth seeking out if you’re lowercase-b-biblically inclined.
By the end of it, I was grateful to know that I wouldn’t need to wait more than a few weeks for the second book to be available.
There’s magic! And dimension hopping! And a talking dog!
Liu’s writing remains as skillful here as in his short fiction
A recent acquisition got me wondering, ‘Of all the books that I own, which one is the heaviest?’
If you’re looking for the usual fantasy fare, then this will fit the bill in an inoffensive and diverting enough way.
If you’ve ever wondered about the relationship between macaron, macaroon, and macaroni, then this is the book for you.
I enjoyed every single nibble of this work and was sad when it was finally over.
If you like the comparative literature thing, or folk tales, then you’ll probably enjoy this book.
A valuable work that I want to hand to everyone who mentions they’re on a diet
It’s a Nnedi Okorafor book. Of course I enjoyed it.
This book was a great read. I’m glad I got to it more than ten years after my initial deep dive into failure.
It’s obvious that the author really knows her stuff and is capable of writing an engaging book, but this one was too burdened by her trying to make her writi...
There are people whose interests intersect more closely with the author’s botanical inclination who will enjoy this book. I found myself largely bored and le...
The story is fine, but the pacing really didn’t work for me.
A good read and a lot of good current science about the many ways that the body and mind cooperate to keep everything operating well.
From the very start, this book put me off. Even the ending was disappointing, except that it signified that I was nearly done reading the thing.
It’s a thoughtful piece of work and, while it doesn’t shy from difficult situations and questions, I feel it’s an optimistic one as well.
Book Review: The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris
If you enjoy well-researched books about the history of science, don’t pass this one by. Just maybe don’t read it after eating.
This book still had me asking myself a lot of questions for which I still don’t have answers that I feel I probably should find.
Title: Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 195 Author: Various ISBN: n/a
If you’ve been considering trying meditation—to help you focus, or sleep, or alleviate stress, or whatever—but are turned off by the new age/religious/etc re...
I hope the author fell as deeply in love with the world as the rest of us did and can’t help but explore it in more books and stories.
I have to assume that this book is a good fit for some people, but I am not one of them.
I’m very glad I have the second book in the series handy, and already sad that there are only two of them so far.
There’s not much to making yogurt and it’s easy to do in any home with little to no special equipment.
This was my first ever FandSF issue and if it’s at all representative of the rest then I’m looking forward to the next issue in January.
This book is much more “mystery that happens to be set on a spaceship” than “spaceship where there happens to be a mystery.”
Book Review: Shady Characters: The secret life of punctuation, symbols, & other typographical marks by Keith Houston
Houston steps through the evolution of several different forms of punctuation, and does so in an engaging and friendly way that makes you want to keep reading
Title: Fantasy Magazine Issue 85 Author: Various ISBN: n/a
What if djinn returned to the world in the late 19th Century, settled down, and transformed Cairo into the most modern and innovative city in the world?
While I didn’t get what I was expecting out of my time reading this book, I still think it was valuable and enjoyable time spent.
Title: Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 194 Author: Various ISBN: n/a
The decline of this blog directly tracks the increase of my Twitter usage. Now that the Man-Child King has put that into a nose dive, I have to keep remindin...
If I had no experience either doing or training people in public speaking then I may have found this book useful. With my background, it ended up not being a...
A friend asked for the preserved lemon recipe I use, so I figured it’s as good a reason as any to finish fixing up this site. Gotta put the recipe somewhere,...