Category Archives: fiction

Fellowship of the Ring Book Talk 2 | Tolkien & Memory

Tezi and I are introducing the beginning of a series of videos on The Lord of the Rings in which we hope to discuss various topics that either interest us or in some way bring about a discussion between the two of us. We hope that you find the discussions informative. if not entertaining. We encourage you to read The… Read more »

Fellowship of the Ring | Book Talk, Car Talk!

On our most recent camping trip Tezi and I began reading The Lord of the Rings.  Here we are reading it by the fire on one of the nights out under the stars: It’s been an engrossing experience for me and quite an enjoyable experience for Tezi.  As I’ve noted before on this blog, I have read The Lord of… Read more »

Why I’ve Lost Interest in Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted, by Naomi Novik, is a fantasy novel that tells the nearly fairy-tale-esque story of a girl who is chosen to be an apprentice of sorts to “The Dragon” a powerful wizard who lives to protect the local peoples, including the girl’s family. The story includes magic and mythical beasts, and though the subject matter and basis for the story… Read more »

We Stopped Reading Mindy Kaling’s novel “Why Not Me?”

Why not us?  Here’s why: Last night, Tezi and I started reading Mindy Kaling’s new book Why Not Me. We picked it up again this evening.  We didn’t get that far into it before we realized that we didn’t like it at all. It wasn’t funny. It was … silly. It was trite, insubstantial, and …. pretty pointless. It was… Read more »

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson – summary & review!

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Tezi and I Pick Our Next Book to Read! (February TBR)

Just a couple of days ago, Tezi and I finished The Aeronaut’s Windlass, which is Book 1 of Jim Butcher’s new steampunk fantasy series, The Cinder Spires. (Our review of this book coming soon.) It was a book that we listened to together in audio book format while we drove around town or most favoritely, while we worked on our… Read more »

Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein (Reviewed)

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OK. There were some parts of Sandford’s Saturn Run that I liked a lot. It had its moments, where I was drawn in, intrigued, and even curious. But there were other parts of the story that just fell sort of flat in my mind, and still other parts that bothered me. Stuff I liked: The science in the story is excellent…. Read more »

Making A Murderer: Books On Wrongful Convictions!

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If you haven’t yet seen the documentary MAKING A MURDERER, you’ve probably at least heard about it, or heard other people talking about it. The Netflix ten-part documentary about Steven Avery & Brendan Dassey has a lot of people talking… and talking means thinking! Dive deeper into the story here, you’ll find that the world of wrongful convictions is much… Read more »

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi Summary & Review

Paolo Bacigalupi. Bacigalupi. He’s Portuguese, and I have a lot of fun saying his name. Bacigalupi! 🙂 Also, he wrote a book called The Water Knife, which I recently read and very much enjoyed. I had previously read a great book by Bacigalupi called The Windup Girl, and his writing has only gotten better in this most recent publication. I expected The Water… Read more »

The Force Awakens NOVELIZATION Review!

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Did you know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is also a book? Yes it is! Did you know that you can relive all the fun and action of The Force Awakens reading the novel? Yes you can! Did you know that this novelization by Alan Dean Foster is very much like seeing the movie in slow motion? Yes it… Read more »