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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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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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