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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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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.

Off the Bookshelf: Fractions, Words of Radiance, Shards of Honor

by Ken Newquist / June 11, 2014

My annual vacation to Lake Champlain is still a ways off, but I've begun attacking my summer reading list with a vengeance. I've completed one book -- Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold -- have have launched into two more: Fractions by Ken MacLeod and Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. I've also found one of the books on my list is caught in the Amazon/Hachette crossfire.

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