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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


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.

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.