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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

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{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 […]

Superman: Grounded

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{5/5} “If we do the same things, in the same way, over and over, in time, we fall asleep in our own lives.” — Jonathan Kent Superman: Grounded (2 volumes) by J. Michael Straczynski, G. Willow Wilson, Chris Roberson & others, published in 2011 Superman is having some doubts and decides to slow things down […]

Superman: Earth One

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{4.5/5} “They’ll need to see your face so they can see there’s no evil in it… to see the gentleness and decency in you… and know that they have nothing to fear.” — Martha Kent Superman: Earth One (3 volumes) by J. Michael Straczynski, Shane Davis & others, published in 2010-15 Clark Kent has decided […]

Blackout

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “He told me… having two historians in the same temporal and spatial location was too dangerous, which is ridiculous. It isn’t as if we’d run into each other — there were thousands of people in Trafalgar Square on VE-Day. And even if we did, what does he think we’d do? Shout, ‘Oh, my, another […]

Last Year

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “But visitors don’t get into the City for free, do they? The price is paid in gold and silver, and all that gold and silver goes straight to the so-called future, where it lines somebody’s pocket. How they came here is difficult to understand; what they want of us is not.” Last Year by […]

Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault

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{4.5/5} “Elaine might look like an eighteen-year-old with a fifty-year-old’s haircut, but on a scale of ambition from one to ten, where one was a doorknob and ten was a great white shark, Elaine would use the doorknob to beat the shark to death.” All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner, […]

Star Trek: Unspoken Truth

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “‘Unpleasant truths are best left unspoken…’ She raised one hand in a gesture her mentor T’Pau was noted for, but T’Saan wore it more gently than the old aristocrat ever had. ‘Your concern for her safety is noted. You are as protective of her today as you were when you were children.’” Star Trek: […]

Heaven’s Reach

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{4.5/5} “It occurred to me that I was privileged at that moment to witness four of the great Orders of Life in action at the same instant. Hydrogen breathers, machine intelligences, oxy-creatures like myself, and the ‘retired’ phylum — beings who built on such a scale that they thought nothing of husbanding a star like […]