Thumbs up for How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams. Psychology.

I’m allergic to self-help books—not because I’m not interested in getting better at being a human being, but because almost all of them are full of “follow your dreams and think positively and you will be happy and wealthy” advice, despite all of recorded history amply demonstrating that this is false.… >> Read more


The Last Donut Shop of the Apocalypse by Nina Post. Fantasy.

Can’t review because the author is a friend, but here at least is a taste:

Kelly sat back and tapped her Amenity Tower floaty pen against the desk. Claw & Crutty, the property management corporation that managed the building, had worked out a deal with Kelly for the use of her telepresence robot, which was a gift to her from Don, the Angel of the Bottomless Pit and King of the Demonic Locusts.

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Thumbs up for Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Fantasy.

This is one of those weird books that’s better than it is. My editor-brain—even as I was reading it—kept saying: no, tighten that up, this part drags, I’m pretty sure I’ve read this story a dozen times already, expand that part a lot please—but nevertheless I kept turning pages, and turning, and turning, and when I was done after a marathon reading session I gave it to my roommate and she stayed in bed literally all.… >> Read more

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Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for The Fortuitous Meeting by Christopher Kastensmidt. Fantasy.

Honestly, this was a perfectly acceptable novella in all ways. It just didn’t…stand out. Perhaps the rest of the series is better?

Oludara laughed deeply. “Sorry to laugh at you, Gerard van Oost, but how can one not laugh when presented with such madness? Yet I must also be mad, for I accept your proposal.

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Thumbs up for Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World by Shereen El Feki. Sociology.

First of all, let’s start with: what a brilliantly clever cover! This book, however, is done a disservice by the too-broad subtitle: you’d think that “the Arab World” would be represented by data drawn from many countries, but not so; 90% of the book concerns Egypt.… >> Read more