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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

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Off the Bookshelf: Winter's End

by Ken Newquist / April 10, 2016

I have a bad habit of saving all of my heavy reading for the summer. Don't get me wrong -- I love my summer reading list, but my brain's happier when I keep reading throughout the year.

Starting around Thanksgiving and continuing through to early March, I aimed to do exactly that. I put together a short (well, short for me) reading list.

Off the Bookshelf: Summer's End 2015

by Ken Newquist / December 29, 2015

Summer is long over, and the end of the year is looming large. Fortunately I can look back on a summer and know -- despite all the long work days -- that I read a hell of a lot of books.

I ended up reading all but one of the novels on my summer reading list, while adding several additional tomes. I planned to read 12 books and five graphic novels. I succeeded in reading 15 books and nine graphic novels.

Top of the Pile: All-New, All-Different (but mostly the same)

by Ken Newquist / September 15, 2015

It's been largely a comic-book-free summer in Easton, Pa. thanks to Marvel's Secret Wars. The publisher canceled all of their existing comic book titles in favor of new crossover Secret Wars books that revisited classic storylines (Civil War, Inferno, etc.) while creating a "battle world" for superhero smackdowns.

Top of the Pile: Axis, Saga, Captain Marvel

by Ken Newquist / December 26, 2014

The comic book pile has grown large over the last few weeks, partly because I was busy with family and work, partly because I knew I'd have time to catch up during Christmas week. Topping it is Marvel's crossover event Axis, in which the Red Skull (augmented by Charles Xavier's brain ... I kid you not) tries to take over the world.

Consider Phlebas

by Ken Newquist / December 19, 2014

Consider Phlebas is a sometimes thrilling, often meandering, always morally gray novel about people caught up in a galactic war. It's antihero is Horza, a human shape changer working for the Iridans, an alien civilization of religious zealots hell bent on breaking the galactic strength of The Culture, humanity's own star-faring civilization.

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