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“There’s just one problem.” The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

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I get the Anthropocene Jitters: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Gailand

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Public Libraries

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John Scalzi and the Powershift Harangue

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Everything is Connected – Timothy Morton

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Unexamined Assumptions in Sci-Fi

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The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer

Thanks to Eric Nyquist for permission to use his art. For more of Eric’s work please visit his site: www.ericnyquist.com.

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Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

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“My Struggle” by Karl Ove Knausgaard

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Blurbed Out

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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

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Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

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The End of Night by Paul Bogard

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The Echo by James Smythe

It’s not often that a novel really gets under my skin, but this one did. Excited to read the final two novels in the series, once they are published.

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Barry Flanagan – Sculptor

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The Common Reader

Listened to a wonderful discussion about today’s Common Reader on the BBC Radio 3 show “Nightwaves” and couldn’t resist doing my own survey in the local train station…

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The Book Shadow

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The Travelling Sprinkler by Nicholson Baker

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Neil Welliver

Occasionally, I do a Comic Crits review of an artist I like. Here’s one for Neil Welliver.

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My Lunches with Orson by Peter Biskind

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Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

Trying a new type face for this Comic Crit to lift out of the European sensibility and place it in the America mode. Or something. Anyway, Dark Eden is a great read and hopefully  it will have a sequel one day although it certainly doesn’t need one. Enjoy.

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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Foundation by Isaac Asimov

It’s a tad unfair to criticize a work that was very much of it’s time, but isn’t S. F. supposed to be NOT of it’s time. As I reread this I wondered if it is Asimov, and his ubiquity, that gave S.F. it’s reputation for bad writing, that sadly still …

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Apocalyptic Earth by Craig Childs

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The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

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Edward Hopper

Trying something a little different this time, part of what I hope to be a new strand, if folks like it: Comic Crits on various visual artists. I’m hoping that they’ll bring a slightly different viewpoint to aspects of well-known artists, as well as introduce new ones. 

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Worth by Jon Canter

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2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Now that I have had a little time to reflect on this review, I feel I was a bit harsh. It’s actually a great book, perhaps even seminal. I just wish I had enjoyed reading it more. For some reason, the characters never lept to life for me, but I …

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Lush Life by Richard Price

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The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

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A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous

Hats off to my niece, living in Bonn, who turned me on to this extraordinary book.

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Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

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The Unread

It’s a bit shameful how many books I start and don’t finish. If books are conversations it feels like I’m snubbing the authors. Oh well.

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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

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The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

This is the kind of book I would ordinarily not read except for the fact it’s the selection for January in my book club. I think without the book club my reading would devolve into stories about killing aliens with high-tech weaponry. Enjoy.

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REAMDE by Neal Stephenson

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The Shatnerverse by William Shatner

I know liking Star Trek is often cited as an indication of immaturity, but when I was a sensitive ten-year-old and watched it for the first time,  an episode called, “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, it seemed not only adult, but funny, moving, exciting, and smart in equal measure. …

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Review of William Shatner’s new book over at Tor.com

Shatner Rules, by William Shatner

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Ready Player One

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Comic Crits now on Tor.com

I’m proud to announce you can read Comic Crits on Tor.com, two weeks before they appear here.

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A Game of Thrones: A song of Ice and Fire, Book 1, by G. R. R. Martin. Narrated by Roy Dotrice, Audible.com

Listened to this one. Fantastic. We started it as a family on a long car trip, and now we are all hooked.

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The Year’s Best Science Fiction 28, edited by Gardner Dozois

Anything that claims that it contains “more than 300,000 words of Fantastic Fiction” might not be aimed at the discerning reader, but actually…

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Home Fires by Gene Wolfe

A friend turned me on to Gene Wolfe about a year ago, with “The Book of the New Sun” series. With “Home Fires” he departs from the sword and sorcery genre, big time.

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Borders liquidates

Not a review, this time…

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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Doctor Who

By special request, I’m taking a break from the written word. Conor, this one’s for you!

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The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

A book club book, I enjoyed it more than the review suggests. Unusually, it was exactly the right length for what it had to say.  I have to take it on faith that a deep understanding of math is somehow transcendent; I’ve tried, but apart from a passing fascination with …

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The Children’s Hospital by Chris Adrian

Thanks to Eric for the suggestion.

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Otherwise Known as the Human Condition by Geoff Dyer

He just had an essay in the New Yorker about Spiral Jetty recently. He calls himself a gatecrasher; wandering into genres as he pleases. I think that’s what makes his insights so fresh.

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Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson

Trying a new inking technique. Too slick! I think I’ll go back to the good ol’ pen and paper. I’ve also decided to put the star rating system on hiatus because it’s silly.

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Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller

I had to read this for our book club, but was pleasantly surprised.  A child’s P.O.V. of her white farming family growing up in Africa as African nations won their independence from colonial rule in the 1970s.

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Kraken by China Miéville

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The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

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At Home by Bill Bryson

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Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

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U by Tom McCarthy

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