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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

Off the Bookshelf

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.

Off the Bookshelf: Ready Player One, Creative Fire, Way of Kings Re-Read

by Ken Newquist / April 7, 2014

Late winter and early spring are my long dark teatime of the soul when it comes to books: I want to read, but I just don't have time (or when I do have the time, the motivation) to do so. Fortunately, I have audio books, a daily commute, and a dog that needs walking. All of these combine to insure that I keep reading in the winter months.

Off the Bookshelf: House of Suns, Ender's Game, Atrocity Files

by Ken Newquist / December 5, 2013

It's a slow time for reading at Nuketown. The frenzy of the summer reading list has given way to the crush of my fall work load (and, if I'm honest, too much time spent playing Civilization 5). Much of my reading these days is of the audio variety, on my way back and forth from work, and it continues to be dominated by science fiction ... though I have snuck in a Lovecraftian spy novel.

Off the Bookshelf: A Memory of Light, The Bowl of Heaven, The Way of Kings

by Ken Newquist / March 19, 2013

It's spring and I've been trying to get back in shape in anticipation of three months spent coaching my daughter's softball team. This in turn has led to a resurgence of book reading as I download new audio books to listen to while working out at the gym or taking the dog for 45-minute walks.

Off the Bookshelf: Existence, Newton's Wake, Mistborn

by Ken Newquist / November 24, 2012

I made a serious dent in my Summer 2012 Reading List, but as always a few books carried forward, and a few others dropped off as we moved into fall. One book I carried forward was David Brin's Existance, a novel of first contact that occasionally gets too preachy for its own good. Summer book The Way of Kings led me to try Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, which is about a truly epic fantasy heist.

Off the Bookshelf: Hull Zero Three, Reamde, New Space Opera 2

by Ken Newquist / March 12, 2012

With the holidays long over and the major work rush of January and early February completed, I've had a chance to dive back into fiction. As has been the case for the last few years, science fiction dominates my reading list, but historical fiction and thrillers keep sneaking in.

Off the Bookshelf: Altered Carbon, The January Dancer, Dreadnaught, In Death Ground

by Ken Newquist / August 11, 2011

 DreadnaughtI've been able to make a serious dent in my summer reading list over the last few months, knocking out four books in two months.

Given how busy work has been, that's not to bad. Of course, it helps that I was on vacation for 10 days, which allowed me to knock out two of the books (Dreadnaught, In Death Ground) and most of a third (The Shiva Option, the sequel to In Death Ground).

The 8-hour road trip to get our vacation spot also allowed me to make a serious dent in the audio version of The Letter of Marque by Patrick O'Brian, one of his Aubrey/Maturin novels about naval warfare in the early 1800s.

Off the Bookshelf: Evolutionary Void, Realms of Cthulhu, iPad Book Readers

by Ken Newquist / December 14, 2010

 The Evolutionary VoidAfter a long hiatus because of too much to do at work, I've finally gotten back to reading fiction ... because of work. Specifically because of the iPad I'm trying out at my day job.

I work at a college, and we're piloting the iPad to see how tablets might be integrated into the academic environment. Part of that is trying out the different e-reading software out there, and that gave me the perfect excuse to get a new book. Or rather two new books: The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton and Realms of Cthulhu, published by Reality Blurs.

Off the Bookshelf: Century Rain, Reversing the Anthology, Temporal Void

by Ken Newquist / June 28, 2010

I finally finished New Moon by Stephanie Meyers, and I have to say the vampire/werewolf/teenager love triangle left me cold. The main character, Bella, is whiny and unsympathetic, and she's exactly the sort of emotional heatsink that I'll be telling my son to avoid in ten years or so.

Finishing the book allowed me to move on to my proper summer reading list, starting with Century Rain and The Space Opera Renaissance. While both books were already on my bookshelf, I did still find myself buying another book for the list: Peter Hamilton's The Dreaming Void.

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