Monthly Archives: May 2013

Book Review: Cold Days by Jim Butcher

ROC
515 pp.

In Cold Days, Harry slowly recovers from the events of Ghost Story. He’s helped along by Queen Mab, whose idea of physical therapy involves periodically attempting to kill him (and unintentionally quoting The Princess Bride). Also present is a young woman named Sarissa, who works for the Winter Court. Once he’s back on his feet, he’s given the task of killing an immortal, something he’s had previous experience doing, but this particular job comes with a number of fun complications. (Yes, things more complicated than attempting to kill an immortal.) Continue reading

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Filed under faerie, fantasy, Jim Butcher, Review: Book, urban

Sometimes I Cannot Words…

Have you ever have one of those moments when you are trying to think of a word and you just can’t? Or have you suddenly stalled while trying to think of a question to ask? And someone expects you to be able to do this quickly, but you can’t? Have you had this happen so persistently that you want to smack the next person who says, “oh, everyone forgets things?” Continue reading

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Damsel in Distress: Part 2 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games

Another really great installment for this series.

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Reading: Godstalk, by P.C. Hodgell Part One

God-Stalk-cover-1small I first found Godstalk back when I was still in high school. It took me a long time to get around to reading it, however. I am an extremely finicky reader, so it took me a while to decide to read it. It also took me a while to fall in love with it. Godstalk is a strange and quirky novel in which the writer does some fun things with various Sword and Sorcery and High Fantasy tropes. Godstalk has a war of Ultimate Good and Ultimate Evil, but the forces of good have had a thirty thousand year losing streak, and they kind of have it in for the God that gave them the job of fighting the Ultimate Evil. (They are mostly still fighting only because of extreme stubbornness.) And the forces of evil aren’t so much Evil as they are alien and inimical to the realities they’re invading. Continue reading

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Book Review: Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper

TOR
467 pp.

Songs of the Earth is a slightly derivative high fantasy of the kind where magic users are persecuted by a pseudo-Christian capital-C Church. (I am in general not very impressed by Fantasy Pseudo-Christian Capital-C Churches. I am particularly unimpressed when it is also mentioned that the persecution is a fairly recent thing that happened after years of having magic users fighting for the Church.) Despite the persecution, the magic users do their best to protect the world from the entities that lie beyond “the Veil” in the reality next door to their own. Continue reading

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Adventures in Bus Riding

I am going to starting work soon! I generally get around via the bus, but the bus system in the Phoenix Metro area was not really designed with actually being something useful for people who need to get to work early in the morning in mind. My shift is going to be 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Thursday. My destination an hour and forty minute commute by bus during a high traffic period of the morning. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross

TOR
349 pp.

The Rapture of the Nerds is one of those books where I am pretty sure it’s supposed to be funny, but none of the jokes hit my funny bone. This is a post-Singularity novel where a good portion of humanity have “uploaded” and left Earth. The rest of the world is pretty okay with this state of affairs except for the USA which has been engaged in the kind of isolationist policy where you actively try to murder anyone who gets within range of your AI-run defense systems.

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