The Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu

Ken Liu is one of the major names in modern short science fiction, and I'm a big fan. When I heard he had a novel out I jumped at the chance to buy it--only to be disappointed when I found out it was a fantasy novel instead of sci fi. But I got it anyway, …

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Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Did you grow up in the 80's? Do you like video games and geek culture? Then you might only be a little bit irritated by this book. In the future, a global total immersion video game dominates the worlds economy, with most of humanity spending every available waking hour inside of it. The creator of …

Nano?

Well, it's not November, ¬†but I'm doing a Nano challenge this month anyway. Sort of a half-nano. I'm going to write 22,000 words this month, which is about 700 per day. Doesn't sound like much, but I haven't been writing that regularly in ages, so its going to be a challenge! And if I don't …

The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut

The Sirens of Titan was clever, fun and charming, as is everything by Vonnegut that I've read. And it also says a lot about how the world works. The plot centers on Malachi Constant, son of the luckiest man on Earth, who invested in the stock markets using the Bible as a guide telling him …

Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe

I listened to this recently on Audible, and it was not what I expected. Though this is marketed as a sci-fi, the setting is really more of a medieval/fantasy type world. The prose is also very dramatic, dark and flowery, which seems more fit to a fantasy novel. The main character being a torturer who …