Review: Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss

Nev­er Split the Dif­fer­ence: Nego­ti­at­ing As If Your Life Depend­ed On It by Chris Voss My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars I found the nar­ra­tor’s voice grat­ing, frankly, and his man­ner of deliv­ery was arro­gant. That might reflect the author’s lev­el of con­fi­dence in the mate­r­i­al, but it was some­what dif­fi­cult for me to get past it. […]

Review: Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy by Jessica Fern

Pol­y­se­cure: Attach­ment, Trau­ma and Con­sen­su­al Non­monogamy by Jes­si­ca Fern My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars This is a won­der­ful book, and it will take an hon­ored place on my short shelf of books rec­om­mend­ed for any­one inter­est­ed in an eth­i­cal­ly non-monog­a­­mous lifestyle.  That said, I’m glad I pur­chased the ebook as well as the Audi­ble ver­sion, as […]

Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapi­ens: A Brief His­to­ry of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars This book is an impres­sive tome, but it’s also clear­ly biased in favor of a par­tic­u­lar polit­i­cal view. I sup­pose it isn’t pos­si­ble for a human to write whol­ly with­out bias, but I found it dis­tract­ing. The nar­ra­tor sound­ed disgusted […]

Review: We Are Meridians by S. Ghali

WE ARE MERIDIANS: BOOK ONE by S. Ghali My rat­ing: 2 of 5 stars There I was, mer­ri­ly read­ing along in this sci­ence fic­tion book. Then WHAM, S. Ghali ruined it com­plete­ly. How? They depict­ed the main female char­ac­ter as hav­ing an irre­sistible attrac­tion to the alien who was her ene­my min­utes before, a mem­ber of […]

Review: Sucker Punch by Laurell K. Hamilton

Suck­er Punch by Lau­rell K. Hamil­ton My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars Bor­ing! If I had­n’t been hav­ing trou­ble find­ing enough to read, I would­n’t have fin­ished it. I thought there was too much talk­ing in Ser­pen­tine, but this vol­ume takes the cake. While Ani­ta is osten­si­bly in a small Michi­gan town because a the­ri­anthrope has […]

Review: Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon

Mar­que and Reprisal by Eliz­a­beth Moon My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars Anoth­er decent, though not amaz­ing, book from Moon. I messed up in not doing my review as soon as I fin­ished, because I moved straight on to vol­ume three in the series, Engag­ing the Ene­my. Obvi­ous­ly, the series did get more inter­est­ing in book two! View […]

Review: Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon

Trad­ing in Dan­ger by Eliz­a­beth Moon My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars I want­ed to like Vat­ta’s War as much as I did The Ser­ra­no Lega­cy, but this one near­ly lost me at some points. Maybe it’s intend­ed for a young adult audi­ence? Con­sid­er­ing the age of the main char­ac­ter, that may be the case. Still, I […]

Review: The Peter Grant/Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch

Lies Sleep­ing by Ben Aaronovitch My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars I just fin­ished Lies Sleep­ing after read­ing the entire series straight through, so this review is about the series as much as about the ulti­mate entry in it. Wow! I’ve been immersed in the mar­velous world Aaronovitch cre­at­ed for us, and it’s a shock com­ing back. […]

Review: The Serrano Legacy Series by Elizabeth Moon

Against the Odds by Eliz­a­beth Moon My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars I just fin­ished read­ing the entire Ser­ra­no Lega­cy series by Eliz­a­beth Moon, and I’m expe­ri­enc­ing fic­tion let­down syn­drome. You know, when you’ve been total­ly engaged in a mar­velous world that’s so believ­able, and then sud­den­ly, it’s over! It’s hard to come back to this world […]

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