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Station Eleven

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “Arthur lives in a permanent state of disorientation like a low-grade fever, the question hanging over everything being How did I get from there to here? And there are moments — at parties in Toronto, in Los Angeles, in New York — when he’ll be telling people about Delano Island and he’ll notice a […]

Angel & Faith (season 10)

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{4.5/5} “Angel does what he wants, right? But if somebody else wants to do the same thing, he slams the door. Probably doesn’t seem fair. So I’ve thought about it. And I’ve decided… I can live with that.” Angel & Faith (5 volumes) by Victor Gischler, Will Conrad & others, published in 2014-16 Angel is […]

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{5/5} “There are no heroes, Tian Haoli. Grand Secretary Shi was both courageous and cowardly, capable and foolish. Wang Xiuchu was both an opportunistic survivor and a man of greatness of spirit. I’m mostly selfish and vain, but sometimes even I surprise myself. We’re all just ordinary men — well, I’m an ordinary demon — […]

Elements

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{4.5/5} “Alone, she fled Boston, making her way from culverts to abandoned sheds, hiding from the world while building her own place in it. Living off the grid meant no formal education, no military training, no family, no friends. She had constructed a hole in the world and waited for me to join her.” Elements […]

Thunderbird

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{4.5/5} “When it was over, and he was still trying to catch his breath, the chairman knew that his perceptions had changed again. He’d acquired an appreciation for the power and beauty of the universe that could never be acquired through a mere telephoto lens or a slice of poetry.” Thunderbird by Jack McDevitt, published […]

Defenders

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{4.5/5} “His violent nature disturbed her, but hadn’t they made him that way? The human race was alive because Erik and the other defenders killed so efficiently, without fear. All humans bore some of the responsibility for that. In some real sense, the defenders were the blameless ones; they were simply expressing what they’d been […]

Mastodonia

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{4/5} “We did little talking, for talking was difficult, but we did sit together, feeling friendly toward one another, and that seemed to satisfy Catface. Strangely, it satisfied me as well. Contact with him somehow made me feel good. I got the funny feeling Catface was trying to talk with me. I don’t know what […]

Star Trek: Legacies — Purgatory’s Key

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “‘I don’t believe this place exists, at least physically. Instead I think we’re all participating in some kind of… collective hallucination or simulation.’ When she said it aloud, Una realized it sounded more than a bit farfetched. Sarek seemed to ponder this, but only for a moment. ‘A shared mental construct.’” Star Trek: Legacies […]

Star Trek: Legacies — Best Defense

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{4.5/5} “Most galling of all had been the addendum that directed Kirk to take full personal responsibility for the mission — so that if it backfired, it could be dismissed as a rogue operation, the brainchild of a maverick starship captain acting without authority.” Star Trek: Legacies Book 2 — Best Defense by David Mack, […]

Star Trek: Legacies — Captain to Captain

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{4.5/5} “The familiar whine of the transporter, accompanied by a distinctive tingling sensation, sent a thrill of anticipation through Una, who, as always, relished the prospect of exploring a new and alien world. As far as she knew, the landing party would be the first visitors from the Federation to ever set foot on Libros […]