Category Archives: Book reviews

Book Review: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is considered one of the great American novels. If you’re between the ages of 16 and 65, odds are you read it in high school. Harper Lee’s loosely autobiographical portrayal of racial tension in the American … Continue reading

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Book Review: Archangel by Marguerite Reed

I can’t remember the last time I just picked up a book from a bookstore bookshelf without knowing anything about it besides what was on the back cover. In fact, of the many book reviews I’ve written on this blog, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin is one of the best-selling science fiction novels in China and is the first Chinese science fiction novel to be translated into English for a wide-scale Western audience. The translator, Ken Liu, is himself … Continue reading

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Fan Fiction Review: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

A very well-written and scientifically-minded retelling of Harry Potter has just been completed: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. Fan fiction is in the news lately. This genre, in which fans of books, movies, or television shows like Star … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Astronaut Mark Whatney got the chance of a lifetime when he was picked to join the third manned mission to Mars. But after they landed, things went wrong. A freak dust storm far beyond anything the crew anticipated nearly destroyed … Continue reading

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Book Review: Soulminder by Timothy Zahn

I’m a big fan of Timonthy Zahn’s Star Wars novels, but Soulminder is the first non-Star Wars offering of his that I’ve read. I was happy to find it was up to his usual high standards. After losing his young … Continue reading

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Classic Sci-Fi Recommendation: R.U.R. by Karel Čapek

As a sci-fi writer, I read a lot of classic science fiction, since reading is the second most important thing you can do to build a foundation for writing. (The first, of course, is writing.) I don’t normally review these … Continue reading

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