Publisher: Crown


Aug 19
Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

This is my Twitter profile: “Anxiously awaiting an alien invasion. Or a zombie apocalypse. Either will do.”  This is on page 4 of Armada: “I had spent hundreds of hours…silently yearning for the outbreak of a zombie apocalypse.”  Zack, the MC, also expresses the desire for humanity to make contact with intelligent alien life sometime during his lifetime, which is a also a desire that I have often expressed.  So I was certain from the beginning that I would feel a… Read more »


Jul 12
Review: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Review: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Here’s what I knew about the Lusitania prior to reading Dead Wake: Germany torpedoed and sunk a passenger ship in the Atlantic during WWI.  Here’s what I know now: a whole lot more, thanks to Erik Larson’s meticulously researched and sourced book.  It’s been a long time since my high school history classes, but I know that not a lot of attention was paid to WWI, and if the Lusitania was mentioned at all, it probably got a sentence in… Read more »


Jul 08
Review: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Review: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

After finishing Bittersweet, I’m wondering if I was supposed to love the MC, Mabel, or to hate her.  I suspect we’re supposed to regard her as plucky and resourceful, but she’s really quite awful.  When we meet her, she’s in the midst of what looks like a Single White Female type of obsession with (or possibly a crush on) her beautiful roommate, Ev Winslow.  I thought that this had the potential to be fun, but that angle is quickly discarded for a ho-hum… Read more »


Mar 19
Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

I didn’t need to read more than a couple of lines of the synopsis of The Martian before I knew I had to read this book.  I love stories set in space, and in this one, the main character is stranded alone on Mars after his NASA crewmates leave him behind, thinking he’d died in an accident.  He has no way to get off the planet and no way to communicate with NASA.  His only hope is to find a… Read more »