So these are the story arcs that originally made me notice "Fables" due to their Hugo nominations. Well deserved nominations in my opinion. InterestinSo these are the story arcs that originally made me notice "Fables" due to their Hugo nominations. Well deserved nominations in my opinion. Interesting to see the series try to reinvent itself without a reboot. Seems to work well, and I like seeing the Adversary adjust to his new circumstances. (view spoiler)[Also, didn't realize how much I liked the Boy Blue character until they killed him off. Nice emotional punch there. (hide spoiler)]...more
I enjoy reading the books that my kids are assigned for school, but realized I haven't read many with my 10 year old. She seemed to enjoy this one, soI enjoy reading the books that my kids are assigned for school, but realized I haven't read many with my 10 year old. She seemed to enjoy this one, so I picked it up, too. Then I saw the "Da Vinci Code for tweens" blurb and hoped this wasn't a mistake.
Unfortunately, the blurb was pretty accurate, in that the mystery solving wasn't that coherent. This was better, since it didn't read like a movie script waiting to happen, but the "intuitive" leaps the kids make leave logic behind. Still, the puzzle solving aspect drew my daughter in (she loves Scooby Doo type mysteries, so I guess she isn't necessarily looking for logical clues), and if it acts as a gateway book to better things in this genre for her, I'll bump it up a star....more
My wife checked this out of the library, but then read the true story it's based on online, and decided she didn't need to read the book. In an effortMy wife checked this out of the library, but then read the true story it's based on online, and decided she didn't need to read the book. In an effort to provide more variety to my reading, I decided to read it before we returned it to the library.
I seem to be in the minority, but I didn't love this book. It does seem like an inspiring story, but it was a slow book. Part of it may be that my wife already told me the story. But I even struggled to finish what should have been the exciting part where Taj finds his family. Maybe I just didn't care for the writing style. The main character didn't really develop much over his search. And I was much more interested in his relationship with the American parents, which seemed troubled, but was never explored....more
Simak is another author I've rarely read, only one novel, but one I still consider well worth reading. This book started off with a nice twist, with mankind giving up on space flight. Not your normal classic sci fi stuff. The rest of the story didn't quite live up to the reputation I'd built up in my head for the author, the paranormal tropes from classic sci fi always pull me out of the story to some degree. But the overall themes of prejudice and persecution were very well done....more
My work formed what they called the "Vitality Book Club," which is essentially a collection of 40 books that get you thinking about the business conceMy work formed what they called the "Vitality Book Club," which is essentially a collection of 40 books that get you thinking about the business concept of vitality, often in an indirect way. I was surprised to see I had already read a couple of them, and had a couple more on one tbr list or another. Together that was 10% so I decided to see what other books on the list had to offer.
I think this one caught my eye because it appeared to be one of the most read books in the club. I can see why, it's a short read (essentially just a long list) and has several concepts that easily translate to business. I enjoyed it, although I may have liked it better when I was taking some film criticism classes in college. Some of it was just too technical and film specific for my purposes....more
This volume felt kind of slim for a deluxe edition. On the other hand, this story arc is pretty pivotal to the series. Sure Fly's transformation cameThis volume felt kind of slim for a deluxe edition. On the other hand, this story arc is pretty pivotal to the series. Sure Fly's transformation came out of nowhere, but it still fits in well with the fairy tail setting. Besides, who doesn't like rooting for the underdog....more
When I told myself I should read more plays, I wasn't planning on rereading any Shakespeare. But my daughter was reading this for school and I couldn'When I told myself I should read more plays, I wasn't planning on rereading any Shakespeare. But my daughter was reading this for school and I couldn't resist picking up my favorite from the Bard. I mean I really enjoy Shakespeare. I added a minor in English when I was in college partly because I could take a class about his plays without the guilt of wasting credit hours. (I had a physics professor who said the real reason to minor in English was that the English students threw better parties than the physics students. He wasn't entirely wrong.)
Anyway, I don't have anything new to add in the way of a review. I just love the language, the incredible number of ways you can approach this play, and yes even the dark humor....more
Years ago I decided to take up the common challenge of reading a biography for each US president. I made it all the way to Jefferson. Sure I enjoyed mYears ago I decided to take up the common challenge of reading a biography for each US president. I made it all the way to Jefferson. Sure I enjoyed my picks for Washington (His Excellency: George Washington) and Adams (John Adams), but I got bogged down in a bio on Jefferson I don't even really remember reading anymore. But I recently discovered a great resource: The Best Presidential Biographies blog. So I decided to give it another try.
I decided to be a little ambitious for Washington, and chose this 4 volume biography, which despite its age, was rated highly by the author of the blog. I don't know if I just haven't read that much about pre-Revolutionary War Washington, but this volume felt pretty comprehensive. It was a learning experience, but I could tell I was enjoying it. I would randomly bring up facts I was learning with my family, a habit I had back in school whenever I was learning about a subject I liked.
The book did feel slow when covering the years between the French and Indian War and the Continental Congress, mainly because there's not a lot of action to cover. Still, the author did a great job showing what Washington's domestic, peace-time life was like. Interesting that this book, one quarter of the series, covers more than half of Washington's life. Good reading about the "Forge of Experience" he went through before even entering the path to become a Founding Father. Bring on volume 2!...more
So I've only read one Sturgeon novel and a few short stories,Moving into the 60s in my definitive sci fi reading challenge at www.worldswithoutend.com
So I've only read one Sturgeon novel and a few short stories, but I always considered him a sci fi author worth reading. However, I didn't love this book. In fact, through most of it I thought a 3 star rating was generous. But Sturgeon has a way of making me think, and that always bumps up my rating.
There's a lot here besides the much discussed gender identity stuff. For instance, I found the passage about how the pace of technological changes, not just the changes themselves, affects the way we live. It isn't just about the gadgets, but about looking forward to getting the next gadget. It's about seeing what comes next. Very insightful, even 60 years later.
But the book's main theme is about gender roles. And the author forces you to think about them in society by alternating his story with chapters about a "modern" suburban couple, their family and neighbors. These glimpses into the sometimes subtle, sometimes glaring, assumptions about gender really got me thinking and comparing how different (or not so different) things are today.
(view spoiler)[But in the end, Sturgeon starts to undermine his theme. After all, the alien race has been pared down to one sex, making it look more like "sameness" rather than "equality." And certainly opposite of the non-binary gender identities we hear about all the time these days. We're wading into an area I know little about, so I'll leave it at that.
But what really weakens the idea is the fact that the single-sexed Ledoms eventually admit they are just marking time until "normal" Homo Saps can return. Perhaps this was a way to make readers just out of the 50s more comfortable with the idea, but it felt like they were saying the world needed to return to a certain norm. I'm not arguing for the idea one way or the other, but it did undercut some of his rhetoric. (hide spoiler)]...more
Enjoyed this collection. I find myself liking the stories about the Adversary and the Homelands. The many different artists and styles can sometimes pEnjoyed this collection. I find myself liking the stories about the Adversary and the Homelands. The many different artists and styles can sometimes pull you out of the tale. But on the other hand, it is interesting to see different takes on the characters. I've said before that I like the longer story arcs, but I enjoyed the short short stories included here. Good way to show a quick glimpse of different parts of the Fables' world....more
Nothing like finishing the year's reading challenge as the ball drops on New Year's Eve.
This one felt more like a sequel, with characters from both prNothing like finishing the year's reading challenge as the ball drops on New Year's Eve.
This one felt more like a sequel, with characters from both previous books returning. Still not sure there was a complete explanation of what is going on with the AIs loose in the Matrix, but I like how the author wove the several story threads, which were very distinct to start with, into one story....more
Interesting short stories, but I think I like the longer story arcs better. Good 50th milestone issue, tho, (view spoiler)[with Bigby returning to theInteresting short stories, but I think I like the longer story arcs better. Good 50th milestone issue, tho, (view spoiler)[with Bigby returning to the pack (hide spoiler)]. I still find myself not caring that much about the deluxe features like maps and scripts in hardcover graphic novel collections....more
I found this easier to read and follow than Neuromancer, almost more like an action/thriller novel. And for a sequel, it does well at standing on it'sI found this easier to read and follow than Neuromancer, almost more like an action/thriller novel. And for a sequel, it does well at standing on it's own, with only some minor character and background references to the first book. While the AI behavior was never fully explained to my satisfaction, I did enjoy it. It just pales in comparison to the earlier novel....more