Book Ratings

Book ratings explained:

* I didn't like it | ** It was OK | *** I liked it | **** I really liked it | ***** I loved it

Saturday, June 02, 2018

ReamdeReamde by Neal Stephenson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun read with jihadists, Russian mafia, mercenaries, spies, and clever people who know a bit about computers.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Day of the Dead (Frieda Klein #8)The Day of the Dead by Nicci French
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review.

Multiple points of view. Tightly crafted.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (The Salvagers)A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Magic in space

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Space opera with magic. Battles galore. Good guys always win. Bad guys always lose.

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Sophia of Silicon ValleySophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy for review.

Anna Yen takes an affectionate poke at the people, brands, and technologies that put Silicon Valley on the map.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Jackson & FranklinJackson & Franklin by Shawn Sprague
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Home run!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review.

As a baseball mom and assistant little league coach, this book brought back memories of when my son played baseball many, many years ago. The book very much captures what it was like to be a child player and what it was like to be the mom of one.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Central StationCentral Station by Lavie Tidhar
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Being an Army brat, having worked for a county government, having worked for a security obsessed foreign corporation, this book hit all the right notes for a fun read about bureaucracy. And the acronyms didn't hurt either.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The AfflictionThe Affliction by Beth Gutcheon
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review.

This is what passes for a murder mystery in the 1% crowd where even the police are happy to have their jobs done for them by wealthy women who have nothing better to do. Although we're meant to assume who the murderer is and what the motive was, we're never actually given any closure on that point.

Mindless, uninspiring read.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Obituary: Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking - who died aged 76 - battled motor neurone disease to become one of the most respected and best-known scientists of his age.

A man of great humour, he became a popular ambassador for science and was always careful to ensure that the general public had ready access to his work...
Mrs. Saint and the DefectivesMrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Monday, March 12, 2018

The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands #1)The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher for review.

If this book were a movie, it would be rated R. Very liberal use of the f-word as well as other colloquialisms for various reproductive acts. It very much reminded me of playing AD&D with a handful of teenage boys back when I was one of only two females playing with a large group of them. It also reminded me of how much fun that was.

The good guys are mostly good guys. The bad guys are slimy, diseased, backstabbing, and just generally unpleasant. There are warriors and wizards, half-orcs and elves and humans. There are big battles and small fights. There is friendship and love and family and loyalty.

I liked it.

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