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The Writing Life

A collection of short writings organized by themes which eloquently describe some of the challenges of dealing with words all day long. Enjoyable.

Use of Weapons (Culture)

Well, this one was a bit befuddling. The choice of structure, where the storyline proceeds forward on odd chapters and backwards on even -- while clever -- ultimately made the book more difficult to appreciate. The unnecessary, and not entirely helpful, reversal at the end only distanced me even more. I have to say, the Series as a whole is shaping up to be unexpected and uneven.

The Player of Games (Culture)

I read quite a few books this year that belong on canonical Best of Science Fiction lists, The City and the Stars, The Three Body Problem, and so forth.

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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Writing is simultaneously a delightful and agonizing experience. Anne captures this duality and provides perspective that only experience and hard-fought wisdom can procure. Plus, she's quite funny.

Lord Foul's Bane (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Book 1)

I had trouble overlooking the character flaws of the protagonist which are deliberately pronounced at the outset and reinforced throughout. I'm also a bit out of practice with fantasy, so the excessive Tolkeinesque adaptations of songs/poetry and thesaurus reaching diction were a bit offputting. Other, more avid, Fantasy readers enjoy this series immensely.

The First Draft

It may comes as no surprise, but every time I sat down to write an update about writing Singular, I decided to write Singular instead.

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City at the End of Time

Potentially the most complex piece of science fiction I've ever read. To understand what is happening requires your full attention. Even at the end, I'm not entirely sure I understand the whole thing. Challenging read.

Darwin's Radio

This is an awesome book! Scientific thriller of the first order. Very engaging read. Honestly, if you haven't read Eon, Darwin's Radio, and Blood Music, you should set down everything and read them.

Rendezvous with Rama

I'm not sure I've read a book that conveyed the distilled essence of exploration such as this one. I loved it.

The City and the Stars

In my ongoing quest to find the origin of the "boy wonder" sub-genre of Science Fiction, this remarkable work by Clarke elevates the genre to a whole new level. As I was reading it I was consistently asking myself, "Can this book really be this good?" In short, it is amazing. One of my new favorites for sure.

To Your Scattered Bodies Go

Thorougly perplexing. Anthropological and philosophical, this book explores their junction through the premise of an alien resurrection.

Agent to the Stars

In short, this book was entertaining. If you're looking for a sharp wit, straight-forward humor, and a good laugh, this is perfect.

The Martian Chronicles

I don't believe I was the right audience for this book. I generally don't read poetry, and this read more like an anthology of poems than a novel.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

First off, been a bit busy editing so I haven't been reading as much of other people's work. This was the audio book version and the narrator is fantastic. Enjoyed the book, specifically captivated by her descriptive power and interlaced plots. Fun read.

Programming Phoenix

For free weeks this time around, I'm tinkering with this web framework built on top of Elixir. I'm not sure yet, but it's interesting.

How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy

Better late than never, right? I have read many Orson Scott Card books over the course of my life and have developed a deep and abiding appreciation for his work. Which made it all the more surprising that I had no idea that this book existed! A very valuable read for someone interested in writing genre, and for understanding the life and business of writing as a whole.