Off the Bookshelf: The Prefect, Big Ships, Things from the Flood

An arrow-like space ship dives in front of a cluster of space stations.

I’m making slow progress on my Winter 2018-19 reading list, partially because I’m still working my way through Getting Things Done and mostly because I got Civilization 6 for Christmas. Nothing devours time like a Civilization game. Nothing. That said, “slow progress” isn’t “no progress” and while I haven’t been reading at my summer pace, I did finish a few … Read more

Top of the Pile: Uncanny X-Men, Spider-Verse, Darth Vader

A close up shot of several different Spider-men.

My comic book pile is almost — almost — current. After a summer and fall of reading comic books almost every day I’ve caught up on everything except for X-Men Blue, a few issues of Uncanny Avengers, and the limited series X-Men Black. I credit my bullet journal’s habit tracker with finally accomplishing this feat. As I wrote over the … Read more

Top of the Pile: Cable, Kate Bishop, Renew Your Vows

A close-up of Kate Bishop, the other Hawkeye. She's wearing purple sunglasses and the fins of her signature arrows appear to her left.

When I started my bullet journal, one of my habit tracking goals to read a comic book a day. Over the summer I stuck to that goal, reading a comic book almost every day. I made steady progress on my pile of comic books but I’ve also taken advantage of my Marvel Unlimited subscription like never … Read more

Off the Bookshelf: Early Summer 2018

Starships battle in deep space.

My 2018 Summer Reading List is under way. It’s been a mixed bag of inspiration, drudgery, endurance, and wonder. Personal Kanban I started off with Personal Kanban (Amazon) by Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry. It’s the first-ever non-fiction book on my summer reading list and it was a useful one. The book’s all about … Read more

Summer Reading List 2018

A stack of three books, with a small garden and white string lights in the background.

Welcome to Nuketown’s 11th summer reading list! As expected, this summer’s list features lots of space opera and a smattering of fantasy, but it also includes the unexpected in the form of non-fiction books related to project management and self-improvement. The spring hit me like a hammer (or maybe like a sack of hammers. Dump … Read more

Off the Bookshelf: Artemis, The Wrong Stars, Ready Player One

A shot of the darkened moon, the right edge lit by the sun.

My Winter Reading List got off to a strong start in December 2017 with Artemis (Andy Weir’s follow-up The Martian) and The Wrong Stars (Tim Pratt’s tale of ancient alien artifacts). My progress was hampered by breaking my ankle, but what really derailed it was my re-read of Ready Player One in anticipation of the … Read more

Building Nuketown’s 2018 Summer Reading List

A close up of starship wreckage.

After a winter spent recovering from a broken ankle, and a spring dominated by recovering from said broken ankle, summer is looking very appealing. So is my summer reading list, which I’ve been slowly compiling throughout the long, cold winter (and second winter, which is what we started calling spring in Pennsylvania). Nothing’s set in stone except … Read more

Top of the Pile: Inhumans vs. X-Men

Two teams of costumed superheroes confront each other, Inhumans on the left, X-men on the right.

Inhumans vs. X-Men, the fight brewing since Marvel’s two main timelines collapsed into one during 2015’s Secret Wars, finally happened. The story lacks the high-stakes punch of Avengers vs. X-Men but this gives it the flexibility to tell a better story. The catalyst is a massive cloud of terrigen mists unleashed by Black Bolt, former king of the … Read more

Nuketown’s Winter 2017 Reading List

A woman holds an enormous blade while standing against a fantastic, pillar-filed landscape.

Christmas vacation is coming up and bringing with it a glorious week filled with family, gifts, and lots of reading. I’ve compiled a winter reading list for the break, which is similar to my traditional summer reading lists except the list is shorter and my reading time runs from mid-December through mid-February. Like the summer … Read more