Tag Archives: Book Review

Flights of Foundry Specbio panel

This is the video of the specbio panel I moderated last year at Flights of Foundry. I’m a little slow getting started, but my guests had some excellent things to say, so  please skip ahead a few minutes and hear … Continue reading

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November Newsletter: The Scarf

I fell through the door with a sense of desperation. There wasn’t anything particularly wrong back there in the building, just my office with my computer on the big table and my backpack and slightly uncomfortable chair. I had sat … Continue reading

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4 Star Book review: Paleocene 3

Full disclosure: the author sent me this comic, asking for an honest review. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t review it, but I did, so I am 🙂 I had heard about the Paleocene comic series, but I hadn’t … Continue reading

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May Newsletter: Waste and Sacrifice

There’s a certain mental trap. You’re drawing a map of a far-future Quebec. Or maybe you’re trying to determine a sound change from Proto-Indo-European to Ancient Thracian. In this case,  I was rejiggering an outline. Wealthgiver had hit a block. … Continue reading

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Paul and Dan discuss Becoming Fluent

And now for something completely different. My friend and mentor Paul Venet and I discuss the book Becoming Fluent and our experience learning and teaching languages.

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March Newsletter: I Got Chipped!

My GP is a real pro. I barely felt the needle go in. I looked away anyway, and I kept examining the wall while she gave the jab to Pavlina. I’ve been seeing a lot of needles go into a … Continue reading

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Four Star Book Reviews: Semiosis

Semiosis by Sue Burke Semiosis is less a novel than a book of short stories, each of which recounts another generation of the history of a human colony on an exoplanet. I had trouble with the beginning, but after I … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Reviews: …And I Show You How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes

…And I Show You How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes by Scott Alexander This one is just a short story, but what fun it is! A bunch of twenty-somethings take magic pills that give them superpowers, based on a meme … Continue reading

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5 Star Book Reviews: Cetaganda

Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold I re-read this one for I believe the third time. Miles Vorkosigan untangles terrible interstellar political machinations, this time without a fleet of mercenaries. Just with his cousin Ivan. You probably could jump into the … Continue reading

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4 Star Book Reviews: Braving the Wilderness

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown I’ve watched Brown’s netflix show and a few of her videos on Youtube, but this was the first book of hers I’ve read. … Continue reading

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