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The Misenchanted Sword by Lawrence Watt-Evans
The Misenchanted Sword (Ethshar, #1)
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The first book from perhaps my favorite fantasy series. The Ethshar books aren't particularly epic or heroic. Magic is another resource, available to those with coin, and society has some differences because of it. When I first read this, I imagined ...more
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If, Then by Kate Hope Day
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This character study looks at four neighbors who are having visions of alternate realities. The premise is interesting and it is a quick read, but the story feels very episodic. The rapid conclusion leads to interpretation, but also feels incomplete. ...more
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Genius At Play by Siobhan Roberts
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Biography of mathematician John Horton Conway in three parts. Enough math and geometry to get the gist of his insights - definitely not overwhelming to the number phobic. Overseen by the subject, who is quoted liberally throughout, this is an interes ...more
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This character study is based on an interesting premise - a reset of a terminal condition. The science of that is glossed over, and this really isn't sci-fi. This snapshot of the first new year of their life is a quick read, and a good first novel.

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Some good information in this short read, but much history is glossed over to focus on the current president instead, leaning at times into hysteria. I greatly appreciated the examples of Russian disinformation tactics used on the Ukraine. Tyranny sh ...more
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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
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Very short book, I've now read it twice. Carlo Rovelli muses on six topics in physics, and while he says no prior knowledge is required, it wouldn't hurt to understand (or at least trust) quantum mechanics. Both accurate and poetic, I suspect it is e ...more
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The first story didn't work for me, and I almost abandoned this collection. Very glad that I didn't, because the middle three stories were worth the price of admission. The last was also a bit rough, but murderous clowns in the land of the dead? Sure ...more
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