[Game Review] The Esoterrorists

“The Esoterrorists” by Robin D. Laws from Pelgrane Presss. I picked up the Esoterrorists from the IPR booth at PAX East. It is a surprisingly slim, non-pretentious volume at 88 pages. It was also the first dead-tree game I have bought for a while, as all my purchases lately have been PDFs through various outlets […]

Review: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick My rating: 4 of 5 stars "Nothing to Envy" is the most depressing book in the world. Following the lives of six ex-pat North Koreans who, through luck and perseverance, managed to get out through China and to South Korea (where they are automatically […]

Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson My rating: 5 of 5 stars What do I say about this book? The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest the Return of the King of exceedingly trashy thriller novels. Conspiracy! Fraud! Illegal Wire Tapping! Chase scenes! More chase scenes! Good cops! Bad cops! Evil […]

Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson My rating: 4 of 5 stars "The Girl who Played with Fire" has middle book of a trilogy syndrome. It doesn’t have all the setup and introductions and background and exploration of character that the first book has and it doesn’t have the resolution of a […]

Review: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am of two minds about this book. Either: * Everyone in the world should read this book … or … * No one should /ever/ read this book. When The Big Short first came out, I heard about […]

Review: Cleopatra: A Life

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff My rating: 2 of 5 stars "When Egypt Ruled the East" by George Steindorff this book is not. I have read many books on Egyptian history all the way up through the Ptolemies who, somehow, through some sort of rhetorical magic, were made to be as dry and dull […]

Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson My rating: 4 of 5 stars There’s bad, there’s cheesy, and then there is trashy. This book is full-on trashy. I don’t mean that in a bad sense. It’s difficult to attain truly trashy. It goes beyond bad and beyond tawdry, through cheesy, and out the […]

Review: White Teeth

White Teeth by Zadie Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a funny book. White Teeth is about a whole bunch of things — growing up an immigrant in 1980s London, the feelings of displacement at trying to make a living in another country, World War II, Muslim fundamentalism, atheism, science, and alienation. […]

Review: The Windup Girl

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi is the Coen Brothers meets Blade Runner. It’s the 23rd century and global warming has run amok. The great cities of the world are under water. Enormous corporate conglomerates genetically manipulate strains of wheat and rice to […]

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