[Book Review] Pulphead

Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Pulphead is more of a 3.5-3.75 star book than a 4 star, but the rating system will not allow me to award partial stars so I’m rounding up. I found Pulphead on the Guardian’s “Best Books of 2011” list and I was itching for […]

[Book Review] Before They Are Hanged

Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie My rating: 3 of 5 stars Ah middle books of a series. Books with neither a beginning nor an end. Nothing but big honking chunks of middle. Before They Are Hanged follows three separate stories with no overlap. Of the three stories, two of them are excellent and […]

[Book Review] The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie My rating: 4 of 5 stars My Dad foisted the Joe Abercrombie books on me as revenge for getting him hooked on Martin’s the Song of Ice and Fire. And, as for a book in the “tits, blood and scowling” genre of fiction, the first book in “the First […]

[Book Review] The Fourth Part of the World

The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Making of History’s Greatest Map by Toby Lester My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read history books the way others read genre fiction. Some of them are well-written and some not, some well-sourced and some not. Sometimes a […]

[RPG Review] Bookhounds of London (a Trail of Cthulhu Supplement)

Bookhounds of London by Ken Hite Available from Pelgrane Press Bookhounds of London isn’t so much a hardcover supplement for Trail of Cthulhu as a tesseract, a sort of space-time aberrant tear where more information exists between the two covers than the physical space inhabited by the book. In no way could so much dense […]

[RPG Review] Trail of Cthulhu

Trail of Cthulhu by Ken Hite from Pelgrane Press In middle school I discovered horror fiction. I cannot remember what was the first book — I suspect Stephen King’s the Shining in used book form — but I do distinctly remember reading anything that had a dismemberment. If it featured splatters of blood, I read […]

Book Review: River of Gods

River of Gods by Ian McDonald My rating: 4 of 5 stars In August in 2047, in the city of Varanasi in the country of Bharat in central India, nine people converge on one singular event that changes everything for mankind. For some, it’s an asteroid containing the alien relic the Tabernacle. For others it […]

Review: Cocoa Programming: A Quick-Start Guide for Developers

Cocoa Programming: A Quick-Start Guide for Developers by Daniel Steinberg My rating: 4 of 5 stars I usually don’t read tech books cover to cover. Typically, they’re used for reference — looking up something here or there, finding a technique and reading the chapter, or just giving up because the book is written so badly […]

Review: Unfamiliar Fishes

Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell My rating: 3 of 5 stars The day Unfamiliar Fishes came out, it was downloaded to my Kindle. I loved Sarah Vowell’s previous books, especially Assassination Vacation. Sarah Vowell has turned into a sort of deep sticky underbelly of American History sort of historian whose books feel like long episodes […]

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