Little Sister

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{4.5/5} “Being in that streamlined, percolating body with its loose joints and eagle vision was an indescribable thrill, beyond anything she had ever felt or imagined feeling.” Little Sister by Barbara Gowdy, published in 2017 Rose runs a movie theatre — she lives with her mother who has dementia, and has a boyfriend she sees […]

Tie-in books

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Here’s an update to this list. Novels Best of the best ENT: Rise of the Federation — Live by the Code — Christopher L. Bennett B5: The Passing of the Techno-Mages #1 — Casting Shadows — Jeanne Cavelos B5: The Passing of the Techno-Mages #2 — Summoning Light — Jeanne Cavelos B5: The Passing of […]

SF & fantasy collections & anthologies

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Here’s an update to this list. Collections Best of the best I, Robot – Isaac Asimov Nightfall – Isaac Asimov Virtual Unrealities – Alfred Bester The Golden Apples of the Sun – Ray Bradbury Keeper of Dreams – Orson Scott Card Maps in a Mirror – Orson Scott Card Stories of Your Life and Others […]

Comic books & graphic novels

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Here’s an update to this list. Best of the best Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller Battlestar Galactica: Complete Omnibus V.1 – Greg Pak Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse – Chris Roberson The Amazing Spider-man (starting with Coming Home) – J. Michael Straczynski Superman: Grounded – J. Michael Straczynski & Chris Roberson […]

Comic strips & collections

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Here’s an update to this list. Always Funny Bloom County — Berke Breathed Calvin & Hobbes — Bill Watterson The Far Side — Gary Larson Gil — Norm Feuti Often Funny Bizarro — Dan Piraro Dilbert — Scott Adams Get Fuzzy — Darby Conley The Oatmeal — Matthew Inman Sherman’s Lagoon — Jim Toomey Surviving the […]

Nonfiction books

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Here’s an update to this list. Best of the best How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams Reflections of Eden – Biruté M.F. Galdikas Blink – Malcolm Gladwell David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell What the Dog Saw – […]

Star Trek

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Here’s an update to this list. I’ve now included all of the Star Trek books I’ve read. The Original Series I don’t read all of these but I do pick up the ones that are written by authors I know or look particularly interesting. I’ve also reread a few of the best older ones. The […]

Best tie-in novels by year

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Here’s an update to this list.   Winner Runner Ups Year Author Title Author Title 2018 Dayton Ward DISCO: Drastic Measures James Swallow DISCO: Fear Itself 2017 David A. Goodman The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard Christopher L. Bennett TOS: The Face of the Unknown       Christopher L. Bennett ENT: Rise of the Federation […]

Star Trek: The Latter Fire

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{4.5/5} “We are captains, and with command comes the implicit truth that we must balance lives against lives, with each order we give… I have done so in the past and I carry the scar that does not heal. I do not need to ask you if you have done the same. I know you […]

Final Report

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{5/5} “I don’t know much about science, but I know this: They didn’t land a spaceship on a comet using anecdotal evidence, and they didn’t calibrate the rate of descent using focus groups.” Final Report by Rick Mercer, published in 2018 This is mostly a collection of Rick Mercer’s rants from his TV show, Rick […]