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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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4 Star Book Reviews: Soldier of the Mists

Soldier of the Mists by Gene Wolfe Adrian Tchaikovsky calls Wolfe “the master of the first person.” He’s right. Latro is a book supposedly translated by Wolfe from a diary kept by a 5th-century-BC Roman mercenary in Greece who received … Continue reading

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4 Star Book Reviews: Extreme Medicine

Extreme Medicine by Kevin Fong, MD An astrophysicist-turned-doctor writes about frontiers in medicine and human endurance. The tone strikes just the right balance between compassion for the victims of formerly untreatable medical problems and fascination with the techniques that saved … Continue reading

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4 Star Book Reviews: Adrift on the Sea of Rains

Adrift on the Sea of Rains by Ian Sales Adrift on the Sea of Rains is beautifully written and exquisite in its commitment to accuracy. The sharp-lined realism, the towering wonder, and the depths of emotion of an astronaut who … Continue reading

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4 Star Book Reviews: Arrows of Time

Arrows of Time by Greg Egan Greg Egan is one of the few authors whose books I can re-read and Arrows of Time certainly rewards re-reading. The first time, through, it was all I could do to keep track of … Continue reading

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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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