October Wrap-Up & November Goals

October vanished in a whirlwind of trying to get everything done before leaving for my 10-day trip to Israel, then the vacation itself. Did I get everything done? Of course not. But I had a fantastic time meeting many family members from around the world and checking items off the bucket list, so it wasContinue reading “October Wrap-Up & November Goals”

August Wrap-Up & September Goals

The spouse and I spent a good chunk of August on the road, visiting friends in Atlanta and family in Florida. We stayed as safe as possible (even if we were the only ones wearing a mask in many, many gas stations), but had to treat ourselves to a trip to Kennedy Space Center whileContinue reading “August Wrap-Up & September Goals”

Review: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

I like to joke that I know just enough about science to be dangerous but not particularly effective. Apparently, I also know just enough about science to appreciate all the obvious work that Weir has once again put into what is otherwise a classic SF adventure novel without the pesky burden of knowing whether anyContinue reading “Review: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir”

Review: On the Subject of Griffons by Lindsey Byrd

Disclaimer: I am an acquaintance of the author; however, I purchased this ebook for the full price. The only pseudo-complaint I have about this novel is that it could have been a tiny bit shorter. However, shortening the text would have involved cutting much of the hero’s internal narrative, which is a delightful mixture ofContinue reading “Review: On the Subject of Griffons by Lindsey Byrd”

Review: Unholy Trifecta Series by A.J. Sherwood

How to Shield an Assassin (Book 1) If you love heist stories, you should read this book. If you love the television show Leverage, you should read this book. If you adore found family stories, you should read this book. If precocious children in fiction don’t annoy you too much, you should read this book.Continue reading “Review: Unholy Trifecta Series by A.J. Sherwood”

Review: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #2) by Theodora Goss

My biggest minor quibble from the previous book in this trilogy followed me to this one. I love the conceit of the book characters inserting their commentary into the writing, but it still reduces some of the tension since I know everyone survives to the end. That being said, this was still a tale filledContinue reading “Review: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #2) by Theodora Goss”

Review: Balefire (Whyborne & Griffin #10) by Jordan L. Hawk

Ten is a solid, round number, so I thought this would be the final book in the series. I was disappointed that the grand finale didn’t look like it would take place in the city of Widdershins, but I figured out early in the story that this was not the end of the series. That’sContinue reading “Review: Balefire (Whyborne & Griffin #10) by Jordan L. Hawk”

Con Report: Capclave 2019

Note: If you are here to find a copy of my alternate history presentation, see below! I spent a lovely weekend in Rockville, Maryland, as part of Capclave 2019! Highlights included being on panels with both guests of honor (Robert Sawyer and Martha Wells) and giving my alternate history presentation to a small but participatoryContinue reading “Con Report: Capclave 2019”

Capclave 2019 Schedule!

I’ll be returning to Capclave 2019 this weekend in Rockville, Maryland! Here’s where you can find me. Friday 5:00 PM: Psychos (panel) What is a psychopath and are they really running the world? Do psychopaths have an advantage when it comes to running countries and major corporations? What can we do about it? What ifContinue reading “Capclave 2019 Schedule!”

Con Report: FanX Salt Lake City 2019

Looking for my alternate history presentation to download? Scroll down! As has become annual tradition, the spouse and I celebrated our anniversary by traveling to FanX Salt Lake City. We had a blast this year, both participating in and attending panels, and my alternate history presentation made a successful reprisal. We flew to Utah lastContinue reading “Con Report: FanX Salt Lake City 2019”