Category Archives: Book Reviews

REVIEW: Across the Event Horizon

Mercurio D. Rivera’s stories punch you in the stomach with a great idea, toy with your emotions, then leave you gasping for more. In his collection of short stories, Across the Event Horizon, Rivera not only surprises with novel ideas, those ideas will remain days after the reading. Rivera understands there are infinite possibilities (and […]

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Day 4 Meditation Challenge: Bring the Noise

One of the things about a new habit is you don’t know what to expect along the way. The habit I am cultivating is meditating daily at the same time. Last night, I sat in my usual spot at 11:30 PM. Already, it was half an hour later than I like but I wanted to […]

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Movie Review: Looper. With An Explanation of Time Travel from Captain Underpants. Action. Pranks. Laffs.

Admittedly, I’m late to seeing Looper. I saw it last night because Argo was sold out and The Cloud Atlas wasn’t for a couple of hours but I really enjoyed it and I’m glad we saw it. The premise: In 2074, time travel has been invented. It’s illegal but is being used by criminal organizations […]

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Ray Bradbury R.I.P.

It has been a long time — too long actually — since I had read one of Ray Bradbury’s books. I remember reading The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes when I was a teenager. Even though it’s been 30 years, I remember being gripped by fear as I read Fahrenheit 451. […]

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“I refuse to lie to children.” Maurice Sendak, RIP

Here’s the first paragraph of the NY Times obit: …widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche, died on Tuesday in Danbury, […]

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The Final Artemis Fowl

The eighth and last book in Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series will be published later this year on July 1 According to Colfer “Artemis’s story always had to end with him being a hero. He had to go from being a selfish criminal to a hero who is prepared to sacrifice everything for a good […]

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2012 Year of the Dragon – Bad News for Rabbits?

The Year of the Dragon will be terrible for those born in Rabbit years. Actually, rabbits will discard the tribulations and setback of the past year (which was the year of the RABBIT) and the winds of Dragon energy will allow you to rise to the challenge of making good things happen for you Good […]

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Review: THE ETERNITY CODE (Artemis Fowl 3)

Top-secret, highly classified fairy-technology has fallen into the hands of a ruthless, criminally insane businessman. The Lower Elements Reconnaissance Unit (LEPrecon) suspect Thirteen-year-old master criminal Artemis Fowl, who previously outwitted fairies out of a half-ton of gold but helped them quelch a Goblin upwrising. But the master criminal isn’t Artemis, who seemingly has gone straight. Artemis […]

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What We’re Reading – Bye-bye 2011 Edition

Karlos: LUCKY YOU by Carl Hiassen. Didn’t make me laugh as much as other Hiassen novels. I’ve read most all of them and maybe once you get the formula, you get the formula but you keep reading because you want to find out (a) what happens to the idiots (and God there are so many […]

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REVIEW: Scotland as Science Fiction

A few years back, Arthur Herman gave us HOW THE SCOTS INVENTED THE MODERN WORLD: THE TRUE STORY OF HOW EUROPE’S POOREST NATION CREATED OUR WORLD & EVERYTHING IN IT, a pretty serious look at howTthe Scottish Enlightenment (the book’s original title in the UK) and ideas like individualism, democracy and capitalism can be traced […]

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