• The 2010 Nebulas and Where You Can Find Them

    Well, I did this for the Hugos last year, so why not for the Nebulas this year? Here’s where you can find all the stuff nominated for this year’s Nebulas if it’s available online along with my own personal review. I’m going to read them anyway, so why not you? Enjoy! SHORT STORY ·“Arvies” by Adam-Troy Castro (Full) Thumbs Up! ·“How Interesting: A Tiny Man” by Harlan Ellison (Full) Thumbs Up! WINNER! (tie) ·“Ponies” by Kij Johnson (Full) Thumbs Up! WINNER! (tie) ·“I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno” by Vylar Kaftan (EscapePod Audio Edition) (Full) Skip it ·“The Green Book” by Amal El-Mohtar (Full) Either way…

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    The Books I Read: April – June 2010

    State of Fear by Michael Crichton I was reading this book all through March, trying to get it done so it could be on the last “Books I Read” list. No dice. I love this book. Michael Crichton has pleased me in every book he’s written, of which I’ve read three others (“Jurassic Park”, “The Lost World”, and “Timeline”). He has a way of blending action with scientific education, and he’s famous for it. He can explain complex scientific theories better than any science teacher I ever had. Characters are a bit of a problem for him though. Maybe because scientists in complex disciplines often turn out to be egotistical…

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    The Books I Read: January – March 2010

    How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier It was a light and short book, but the title is misleading. I was looking forward to seeing the characters interact with little, clingy fairies like pet Tinkerbells. It turns out a “fairy” is more like an RPG ability. Like, you have an empty slot, and it gets filled with some bonus ability, like being able to get out of trouble or finding loose change. But you don’t get to choose. Some of these abilities are useful, some are not. Some don’t have fairies, and some try to get a new one, which is where the story comes from. Apparently, this book…

  • What I Got For X-Mas

    Well, Christmas is over and done with and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve never worked so hard on a Christmas vacation. Over the four days I got off, I had to shovel the driveway each day, mop the floor, vacuum all three floors of our house, spent four hours putting together a kitchen playset, set up a weather station, cook a 16 pound turkey with delicious White Castle dressing that was meant to be for 14 people, but only three showed up because of the weather, so no one got to taste how awesome the stuffing was (nor appreciated any of the other stuff we did, plus having to take…