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Book Review | The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, by Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, and Nikki Sixx with Neil Strauss

Ooooooh Mötley Crüe….I confess, I can’t be considered a fan. Although after reading The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, and Nikki Sixx with Neil Strauss, (written from the biographical point-of-view of each band member and some extra people involved in their careers, with the help of an actual writer) I feel a desire to actually listen to their songs. And may even be willing to hear a whole album from end to end, just for research’s sake. They’ve always been the screamy and sort-of-catchy band on the radio...

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Book Review | The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham

When I first heard of the science fiction classic The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, I assumed that triffids were aliens. I was a little put off to find out that they were man-eating plants. I expected some serious B-movie cheese when I began to dive in because, frankly, I just couldn’t buy man-eating plants causing an apocalypse as a truly fearful, or even interesting, plot. Thankfully I was wrong. Triffids don’t cause the apocalypse, they just benefit from the fact that a recent meteor shower made almost everyone go blind. The plants are written beautifully into...

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Book Review | Lud In The Mist, by Hope Mirrlees

Lud-In-The-Mist is a high fantasy novel that was written way back in 1926. It’s a pretty short book and an easy read. I heard about it a long time ago, I can’t remember where, but I was intrigued by the idea of a fantasy book that was written pre-Tolkien, and really pre-fantasy as we know it- at least, as I know it and grew up with it in video games and books, etc. It is also written by a woman which excited me as well, especially considering the year of its original publication. While I was excited to read...

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Book Review | My Life in France, by Julia Child

I am not, but perhaps I should be, embarrassed to confess that I knew next to nothing about Julia Child before reading this book. I am highly interested in food and its various aspects but I am not educated about it in any way other than going down my own warrens’ worth of rabbit-holes, a manner of education which is at least as likely as any other to leave one wanting knowledge. In fact, the small amount that James Beard is mentioned in this book is the most I’d ever learned about him, either. In short, this book was...

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Book Review | Islands In The Net, by Bruce Sterling

Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling is a lauded science fiction novel about two yuppies who get sucked into the backdoor of the black market and political intrigues when their corporation gets the blame for a political assassination. The novel starts out mildly enough and Sterling writes in a very approachable manner, so much so that the beginning of the book comes off as a little on the boring side. This part is saved by the interesting futuristic tech, cultural, and socio-political predictions made by the author. The “Net” referred to in the title is, as you might...

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Book Review | Sundiver, by David Brin

Sundiver by David Brin was published in 1980 by Bantam Books, so it is a story with a correspondingly wide array of sweet 80’s sci-fi art on its various covers. If that isn’t motivating for you to take a look at this book then I don’t know what is wrong with you. It’s the first in the Uplift trilogy and it’s a fairly easy to read science fiction novel in a decade of some pretty out there thoughts and writing (although I’m not qualified to say that it’s any more or less out there than the 60’s or 70’s...

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