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The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Ehhhhh. So conceptually, this sounded really interesting.  This is a world where people don’t have to die.  If you’re murdered, you get to come back in a place that feels comfortable and safe, reverted to a few hours before your death.  Our protagonist is a Dispatcher, meaning that he’s on call for things like medical emergencies, tidily “dispatching” the patient so they don’t die from the procedure. I expected to learn more about this world, but honestly, this is more like… an episode of NCIS.  Someone is missing, so a law official connects with another dispatcher to understand how the […]

Posted June 16, 2019 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

I really, really dislike the feeling of: “Oh thank goodness, this is over” when I’m reading a book, but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that was the way I felt after completing this trilogy.  For a series so renowned and beloved, The Lord of the Rings is incredibly boring… and honestly?  The Return of the King is the worst culprit of them all. Why? The Return of the King has the greatest potential for excitement, but the least delivery of the trilogy.  There are so many cool things that are happening here, but the parts I found I […]

Posted May 23, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Where The Fellowship of the Ring dragged on for an age (thanks, Council of Elrond!), The Two Towers swiftly picks up its pace.  The fellowship have now gone their separate ways and are having battles and adventures of their own.  Merry and Pippin have teamed with the Ents.  Gimli, Legolas, and Aragorn connect with an old friend.  And as for Frodo and Sam?  The two Hobbits are following the perilous journey to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. While as a whole I think The Fellowship of the Ring is a more successful novel in that it feels like things are actually getting done, […]

Posted May 1, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein

What to say about a timeless fantasy? I actually reviewed The Fellowship of the Ring a couple of years ago, so I want to keep this brief and concise. My review in 2017 covered a lot of my technical concerns, so if you’d like to read more of a breakdown of the book, I’d suggest heading to that review.  As the technicals are covered, much of this review is going to be reactionary. As I mentioned in a recent post, Lord of the Rings is a classic.  Anyone who loves fantasy should read it – doubly so if you enjoy epic fantasy. […]

Posted April 28, 2019 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

I have a lot of feelings about this book.  On one hand, I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Name of the Wind, but on the other hand, I thoroughly appreciate the world-building here.  I’ve always admired Rothfuss’s magic system and the mechanics of the University, but he has gone above and beyond in The Wise Man’s Fear.  But I get ahead of myself. The Kingkiller Chronicle is a story told by the innkeeper (Kvothe, many years in the future) to the Chronicler.  I love this idea.  Although I don’t find the times in the present particularly interesting, I appreciate the […]

Posted April 8, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The History of Ancient Egypt by Bob Brier (The Great Courses)

The History of Ancient Egypt by Bob Brier (The Great Courses)

While I really enjoyed Myth in Human History, I have to say:  The History of Ancient Egypt is the best of the The Great Courses I’ve taken yet.  Lecturer Bob Brier is not only widely knowledgeable and passionate about the subject, but he makes you feel like you’re in a classroom environment.  There’s a difference in experience when the lecturer makes you feel like he wants to share knowledge, rather than tell you what he knows. I’ve always been interested in Ancient Egypt, but I felt like my knowledge was lacking.  Through my entire academic career, I only spent one unit on Ancient […]

Posted March 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //