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Extracurricular Activities (The Machineries of Empire)

Shuos Jedao, the Fox in his youth. This quick tale showcases a light element into his past. It’s a very 007-Eske romp and should take you a lunch or two to complete the journey. I enjoyed it, but I feel we lost some of the universes it lives in. Lee’s first foray into this universe […]

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The Freeze-Frame Revolution

Peter Watts has written some pretty interesting tales, and this one has the hallmarks of something amazing, and by the looks of it, it’s the start. Let’s rewind. We have a working kind of generation ship that’s goal is to leave Earth and set up an interstellar highway. The crew, engineered since birth for the […]

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Marked (Alex Verus #9)

Alex Verus, my favorite episodic British mage. Alex has come a long way from his little storefront helping adepts and normies. He strides on the line between Light and Dark. Mainly finding a path of survival through it all for himself and his little band of mages. Not much has changed in that. He is […]

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The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5)

Auri! I am so glad Patrick gave her a moment in the moonlight. During the other books, I would tell my wife how much I enjoyed this girl/woman who would take the inanimate and give them something more. Not quite a life, but a place in the world. It delighted me to read this novelette. […]

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The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2)

Twice as deep as the first book it was absorbed faster than parched ground after a rainstorm. Beautifully articulated as we continue the education, remediation, trials, and tribulations of young Kvothe. The few sticking points I had were time and age-related. In this book Kvothe goes on a journey, there are 3 or so books […]

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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book like this. When I was in high school I read quite a bit of David Eddings work. While I can’t compare works, there was a feeling–something of magic, of growth, exploration, education. A mystery to be solved and great works to be had. This took […]

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Hard to Be a God by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky

I’ve read so much more science-fiction these past few years and it’s been a real pleasure to both jump around culturally and in time with the genre. I really need to go back to Asimov now, I think it’s time–I digress. Arkady’s Russian science-fiction from the 60’s is a culture and technology timepiece. Another Earth […]

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