Some December reading.

Last week I told everybody about my long flight to San Diego and back. A total of 23 hours worth of travel. Not including customs, waiting to board, shuttle, and driving. The good thing about having long flights is that I get to sit back, relax, and catch up on my reading. I managed to …

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The Builders by Daniel Polansky

After about a year or so of hearing Daniel Polansky brought up whenever dark gritty fantasy was discussed I finally got around to reading some of his stuff. I picked up his Hugo-nominated novella, The Builders as a quick read between larger novels. The Builders is an anthropomorphic grimdark western. A band of violent, gun-slinging, talking …

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House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

“To see something marvelous with your own eyes - that’s wonderful enough. But when two of you see it, two of you together, holding hands, holding each other close, knowing that you’ll both have that memory for the rest of your lives, but that each of you will only ever hold an incomplete half of …

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Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan

Fighting off a massive hangover  I couldn't think of a more appropriate activity than to spend a wet rainy weekend in Yokosuka reading a dark and violent cyberpunk novel. Altered Carbon has been on my to read pile for a very long time and after finishing it I am thankful for all the recommendations. Its …

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Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton

I'm a fan of huge novels. Giant tomes of Science Fiction filled with equally massive concepts and ideas. Currently my favorite writer in the Epic Space Opera department is the British Peter F. Hamilton. Best known for his Commonwealth Novels Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained; some of the best post Hyperion scifi. Hamilton writes big. …

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Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

Son of the Black Sword (Saga of the Forgotten Warrior book #1) I don't write reviews for all the books I read mostly due to my lack of time and the fact that most of the books I read have been written about and reviewed by people that consider themselves pro reviewers. But I really liked this …

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10% Happier by Dan Harris

Anybody that knows me can attest to the fact that I am a dedicated skeptic. I suffer no fools lecturing me about politics, religion, spirituality, the supernatural, conspiracies, medical wankery, and all the above cornucopia of silliness. When people start talking about any of the above I have to use every shred of willpower not …

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The Three Musketeers and Modern Fantasy

The Three Musketeers and Modern Fantasy Taking a break from my traditional fare of Fantasy and Science Fiction I decided to jump in and read through Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers. For some reason I overlooked this novel in the past probably thinking that the plot was already spoiled due to all the spoofs and …

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Prince of Fools (The Red Queen’s War #1)

“I’m a liar and a cheat and a coward, but I will never, ever, let a friend down. Unless of course not letting them down requires honesty, fair play, or bravery.” -Jalan I finished 2014 by reading and thoroughly enjoying The Broken Empire Trilogy so I thought it fitting to start 2015 with Mark Lawrence's …

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The Broken Empire Trilogy

The Broken Empire Trilogy After finishing A Dance With Dragons I took a bit of a detour through some lighter urban fantasy and sci-fi to counterbalance all my dark fantasy reading. Mind cleared of AsoIF I picked up Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. The first novel in The Broken Empire Trilogy that follows the …

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