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4 Star Book Reviews: The Quantum Magician

The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken I hadn’t found a space opera I liked in a long time, so I was very happy to find Künsken’s big, frenetic, furious book. The beginning is a bit cluttered and unfocused. I got … Continue reading

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4 Star Book Review: The Forest and Pale Green Dot

The Forest and Pale Green Dot by Justin Groot This one gets me right where I live. In a mysterious and grand environment, monsters eat people. But the real monsters…are of the human psyche! But seriously, this story is great. … Continue reading

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4 Star Book Reviews: Against Empathy

Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion by Paul Bloom Ah, what a breath of fresh air. This is a book about how to be good. Is empathy (that is, feeling the emotions of the person you’re trying to help) … Continue reading

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4 Star Book Reviews: Perhelion Summer

Perhelion Summer by Greg Egan This is probably the only climate change fiction I can manage. Egan side-steps the politics of the issue by talking about a cosmic accident that screws up Earth’s orbit and stresses the hell out of … Continue reading

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5 Star Book Reviews: The Other Kind of Life

The Other Kind of Life by Shamus Young I could say “gritty Issac Asimov” and you’d be most of the way there. Maybe I’ll say “Rivers of London” to get you some of the rest of way. But honestly what … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Reviews: Underlord

Underlord by Will Wight Imagine that self improvement, pursued assiduously enough, gave you the ability to throw fireballs. Maybe if you throw big enough fireballs, you’ll be put in a position to understand *why* you want to throw them in … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: Unsong

WOW. Uh… one-sentence summary… “Apollo 8 crashed into the heavenly crystal sphere surrounding the Earth and cracked it.” Or “A disgraced kabalist working for an international theonomics corporation runs afoul of the UN agency in charge of policing the use … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Reviews: A Coffinful of Nightmares

Full Disclosure: I edited this book for my good friend Emil. This book is a sweaty, crawly, hairy, bloody, and surprisingly tender collection of stories. There are a lot of horror stories here, but also science fiction, mystery, and a … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Reviews: The City of Brass

A street rat in Ottoman Cairo feels like she’s someone special. She can heal supernaturally quickly and speak every language, including one she’s never heard anyone else use. During one ambitious scam, she uses this personal language to spice up … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Review: Ra

After reading Fine Structure I went on a feverish search for other books by Sam Hughes. And I found out he wrote another book after Fine Structure, and it was even better. If Fine Structure was about “what if technology were a … Continue reading

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