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Ysabel

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “You were sitting where you could grab a Coke from the fridge and listen to U2 on your headphones, and then you were in a place where a bull had just been sacrificed and a man had drunk its blood and summoned a woman to life, between fires.” Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay, published […]

Star Trek: Discovery — Drastic Measures

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{4.5/5} “Ribiero simply wasn’t suited to crisis management. On the other hand, Kodos acted as though he was born to do it. Looking back on it, he came off somewhat less emphatic than I remember. Instead, he was cool, almost detached in a way… If only one of us had been smart enough to see […]

Star Trek: Titan — Fortune of War

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{4.5/5} “If you’re selling flotation devices, you add a markup when the customer’s drowning. Any Ferengi child knows that… At least they used to, before Nagus Rom and all his fairness and equality claptrap.” Star Trek: Titan — Fortune of War by David Mack, published in 2017 Twenty years ago the Husnock were obliterated — […]

Star Trek: DS9 Gamma — Original Sin

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{4.5/5} “He wondered how he would be remembered, and what history would say about his role in ending the tyranny that the Avatar brought with her. Many had interpreted The Book of Ohalu, but none had read the prophecies with the clarity and understanding that he finally had.” Star Trek: DS9 Gamma — Original Sin […]

Faller

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{4.5/5} “As he raised his head he caught Storm’s eye; from the layers of expression crossing her face, Faller suspected she almost believed him now, and everything she thought she’d known about the world was collapsing.” Faller by Will McIntosh, published in 2016 The world used to be bigger. But no one knows what happened […]

Four Ways to Forgiveness

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{5/5} “Peace was the true life, the life of working and learning and bringing up children to work and learn. War, which devoured work, learning, and children, was the denial of reality.” Four Ways to Forgiveness by Ursula K. Le Guin, published in 1995 In “Betrayals” Yoss’s daughter and her family have gone off world […]

Lockstep

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{4.5/5} “But what if you could click a pause button when you leave — a pause button for your whole world? And when you get back from your round-trip, you unpause it and it’s like you were never away? That’s the main reason why our whole world winters over. All the Lockstep worlds pause and […]

Reamde

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “Large swaths of the global economy were, it now seemed, being remapped onto their T’Rain equivalents so that they could be transacted in a Medieval Armed Combat setting. Demonstrable improvements in productivity were being trumpeted every day on the relevant section of Corporation 9592’s website (by a medieval herald, naturally, and with an actual […]

Supreme Power

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{4.5/5} “With all the things I can do, all the ways things can go wrong, I think it would be a really good idea if I learned to relate to other people. What do you think?” Supreme Power (3 volumes) by J. Michael Stracynski & others, published in 2004-05 A baby from another planet lands […]

All Clear

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{5/5} “Maybe England was the front, and the real heroes were the Londoners sitting in those tube stations night after night, waiting to be blown to smithereens… And everyone on this train, waiting patiently for it to being moving again, not giving way to panic or the impulse to call Hitler and surrender just to […]