Book Review: Full Metal Magic

Full Met­al Mag­ic: An Urban Fan­ta­sy Anthol­o­gy of Mag­ic, May­hem, and the Para­nor­mal by J.A. Cipri­ano My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars I was clued in to this anthol­o­gy by a men­tion in J.A. Cipri­ano’s newslet­ter, which is worth sub­scrib­ing to (hey, the man sends you free reads, and they’re good!). Any­way, Cipri­ano and com­pa­ny are […]

Book Review: Magic to the Bone

Mag­ic to the Bone by Annie Bel­let My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars The Boss Fight! The cli­max to the Samir sto­ry­line that has been build­ing through­out all sev­en vol­umes of the series, this plot does not dis­ap­point. My only com­plaint about the book, as with the oth­er six, is that it’s short. Still, it’s as long […]

Book Review: Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

Bet­ter Than Before: Mas­ter­ing the Habits of Our Every­day Lives by Gretchen Rubin My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars Not quite as good as her first book, but well worth the read. I prob­a­bly should have got­ten the abridged ver­sion, because as usu­al, I got tired of the anec­dotes.  I find her types inter­est­ing — there […]

Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends and Influ­ence Peo­ple in the Dig­i­tal Age by Dale Carnegie My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars I was a teenag­er when my father rec­om­mend­ed Mr. Carnegie’s orig­i­nal book to me, and at 48 I final­ly got around to read­ing this ver­sion. I’m glad that I did, as it was well worth the […]

Review: Attack the Geek by Michael R. Underwood

Attack the Geek by Michael R. Under­wood My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars Excuse me, but SQUEE! More Ree Reyes! More Drake! More East­wood and Grog­nard! Yes, more Geeko­man­cy!  Michael Under­wood is back with a delight­ful novel­la and if I have ANY com­plaints, it’s that this is a novel­la instead of a nov­el. That’s just because […]

Review: Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach

Bonk: The Curi­ous Cou­pling of Sci­ence and Sex by Mary Roach My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars Fas­ci­nat­ing stuff! Vast amounts of sheer geek­ery about sex, sci­ence, and the inter­sec­tion there­of. If you’re look­ing for sex tips or sala­cious read­ing, look else­where. If you’re look­ing to howl with laugh­ter with­out being able to explain WHY to […]

Review: Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships by Tristan Taormino

Open­ing Up: A Guide to Cre­at­ing and Sus­tain­ing Open Rela­tion­ships by Tris­tan Taormi­no My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars I have to be hon­est. When I ini­tial­ly heard about Open­ing Up by Tris­tan Taormi­no, it was in asso­ci­a­tion with some­one I can’t stand, and I child­ish­ly let that asso­ci­a­tion col­or my impres­sion of the book. I […]

Review: Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo by Vanessa Woods

Bonobo Hand­shake: A Mem­oir of Love and Adven­ture in the Con­go by Vanes­sa Woods My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars I near­ly put this book down after the first chap­ter because I want­ed to learn about Bono­bos, not atroc­i­ties in the Con­go. I stuck with it because it was the most inter­est­ing of the audio­books that were […]

Review: Bleeding Out by Jes Battis

Bleed­ing Out by Jes Bat­tis My rat­ing: 2 of 5 stars Woof, I made it. I was­n’t sure that I would, as this nov­el start­ed out nor­mal­ly and devolved into a stream-of-con­s­cious­­ness mess. I was seri­ous­ly moti­vat­ed to keep going, though, because I read the rest of the series and this is the last book in it. […]

Review: Endgame by Ann Aguirre

Endgame by Ann Aguirre My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars Endgame is the final book in the Sir­an­tha Jax series, accord­ing to Aguirre, and it def­i­nite­ly shows. Every­thing gets wrapped up very sat­is­fac­to­ri­ly. Noth­ing new is intro­duced. Jax’s rela­tion­ships with March and Vel are both expand­ed in a delight­ful man­ner, and I love the way that […]

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