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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
You attempt to write a review on Italo Calvino's latest book, 'If on a Winter's Night a Traveler,' but are at a loss for words. You think it's a great ...more
Feb 06, 2014
Dec 10, 2013
I Murdered My Library
This "Kindle single" essay uses narrative to argue physical-book vs. ebook. As the author moves from a large house with numerous shelves, constituting ...more
Sep 08, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
Feature Development for Social Networking
A fun short story looking at a 24-hour-incubation zombie outbreak from two different perspectives: First, Facebook savvy 20-somethings that contracted ...more
Dec 02, 2013
Dec 02, 2013
Lawful Interception
This short story is the next logical continuation in Doctorow's Little Brother and Homeland series. If you like the series, you'll like this story; it ...more
Dec 06, 2013
Dec 08, 2013
Vamping It Up
I don't typically read romance (supernatural or otherwise), but had read the author's previous series and was intrigued enough to give this book a try ...more
Nov 03, 2014
Oct 29, 2014
Inherit the Stars (Giants, #1)
This was a really good sort of "forensic science mystery." It looks like it was heavily influenced by Asimov (his scifi mystery stories) and Arthur C. ...more
Apr 30, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
The Circle
A ham-fisted tale of technology, privacy, and the threat of corporate-backed totalitarianism. It was a pretty straightforward story. There were no sur ...more
Apr 20, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
Homeland (Little Brother, #2)
This book is definitely the sequel to Little Brother. If you haven't read Little Brother (or, like me, if it's been a while), it might take a little l ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)
You might worry because the story starts (and continues through to the end) with a cliché: notes written from a pre-amnesia self. The main character “ ...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
It's not "high art," but it seems as if it's culturally relevant these days. Being a Young Adult novel, the writing. Was written. A little more. Strea ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jun 28, 2014
Thursday's Children: Flash Fiction from 512 Words or Fewer
I usually suffer a slight handicap when approaching short fiction. It takes my brain many pages to context-switch into a story — to get to know the ch ...more
Feb 28, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
Freedom™ (Daemon, #2)
Not bad, but not outstanding. If we assume the events in the previous book, Daemon, were fine and not too far out there for a near-future SciFi story, ...more
May 20, 2013
May 05, 2013
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Another YA summertime page-turner. This one, even more than the first book, focuses on the class differential and politics of the Hunger Games world. ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
Locke & Key, Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom
This volume uncovers a bit more history and a few more keys. In fact, some of the keys and adventure are action-packed single-frame "asides" between d ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
Cloud Atlas
It wasn't bad, but I don't know that I could recommend it with very much enthusiasm. Conceptually, I like the idea. It consists of six nested stories ...more
Jan 13, 2013
Oct 31, 2012
Daemon (Daemon, #1)
It's a page-turner that could easily be made into an exciting action/adventure thriller movie. But like many Hollywood techno-thrillers, the near-futu ...more
May 05, 2013
Mar 19, 2011
A History of the Future in 100 Objects
The hundred bite-sized chapters were both a blessing and a curse. The ones I found truly interesting felt too short. Occasionally, I'd get a few in a ...more
Dec 20, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
Locke & Key, Volume 5: Clockworks (Locke & Key #5)
This volume gives the long-awaited history of the keys: when and how they were forged and what they are made of. The Timeshift Key lets you peek back ...more
Feb 16, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
The Yoga Stripper: A Las Vegas Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Namaste
A quick, fun read about the ups and downs of stripping in Vegas to support writing and yoga practice. Good insight into how the clubs are run and how ...more
Mar 31, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
Pirate Cinema
Being a young-adult novel, it was a quick read and a fun adventure. In places, it felt like a how-to manual wrapped in a novel, but not in a bad or pr ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
This was a decent read. Somewhere I saw it described as "The DaVinci Code, but without the religion." I think that was fairly accurate. It didn't have ...more
Jan 17, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
I heard this story described as a fairy tail for adults. I think this hits it spot-on. It's the magic and the monsters hidden away in the nooks and cr ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 02, 2014
Locke & Key, Volume 2: Head Games
The second of a great series of books. The multi-generational story continues to unfold and the kids discover another dangerous key — one that opens y ...more
Feb 06, 2013
Feb 05, 2013
CSS Transforms An Interactive Guide
Not only is this an informative and useful book on 2D and 3D CSS transforms, but the iBooks interaction does an amazing job of giving you live example ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
Locke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key, #1)
A great story of mystery and horror. This book is just a small window into what seems to be a much larger story — kids stumbling into and toying with ...more
Feb 05, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
Locke & Key, Volume 3: Crown of Shadows (Locke & Key, #3)
The story continues, the mystery grows, more keys are uncovered, and the kids have to grow up a bit more as their mother (rarely, if ever, drawn witho ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
The Ghost Train to New Orleans (The Shambling Guides, #2)
In general, I enjoyed the first book of the series, A Shambling Guide to New York. Although the story fell a little flat at the end, the worldbuilding ...more
Oct 29, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
It's a lot of the same stuff you've probably read in other sources about coding correctly, managing expectations, documenting, automating build/test/d ...more
Mar 31, 2013
Mar 28, 2011
Under the Dome
Good, fun summertime reading. The dome itself, for the majority of the book was just a maguffin. It could have been science fiction, fantasy, technolo ...more
Jun 16, 2013
May 17, 2013
Playing for Keeps
This is a fun read that starts with the "misfit superhero with lame superpowers" story, then proceeds into a realm where good and evil are a little fu ...more
Aug 28, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
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