National Literacy Month: What book got you hooked on reading?

I’m still clean­ing up the blog, try­ing to com­bat link rot. Some­how, I fell into look­ing at the draft posts. This one is from 2009 and I haven’t the fog­gi­est notion as to why I did­n’t pub­lish it. Today’s prompt is from Barnes & Noble’s Face­book page: Sep­tem­ber is Nation­al Lit­er­a­cy Month. What book got you hooked […]

Do you have to finish books you start?

This start­ed out as a com­ment on a poll over at GoodReads. It got too wordy and I fig­ured it would be bet­ter to turn it into a post. I used to refuse to quit read­ing after start­ing a book, which led to read­ing some things bet­ter left unread, to say the least—Piers Antho­ny’s Por­nu­copia, given […]

Book Review: Blood Lite III: Aftertaste edited by Kevin J. Anderson

Orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished at Ene­my of Entropy. You can com­ment here or there. Blood Lite III: After­taste by Kevin J. Ander­son My rat­ing: 2 of 5 stars This anthol­ogy is sup­posed to be humor­ous hor­ror. I have a mes­sage for Kevin J. Ander­son: gross­ness is not near­ly enough for humor. I hope vol­ume two was fun­nier (I […]

Book Review: Hammered by Kevin Hearne

Orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished at Ene­my of Entropy. You can com­ment here or there. Ham­mered by Kevin Hearne My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars Wow. This book has a non-​​stop pace, for rea­sons that will be obvi­ous to the read­er but can­not be explained to oth­ers with­out spoil­ers. I’ll just say “clear your cal­en­dar” because you’ll not find […]

Fight Brain Fog!

Or, at the very least, give your­self more resources to fight it! Cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties are like mus­cles, in that they have to be devel­oped and exer­cised reg­u­lar­ly, even stretched to keep them flex­i­ble. We can’t nec­es­sar­i­ly avoid the cog­ni­tive deficits that come with some of our ill­ness­es, or as a side effect of our med­ica­tions. What […]

What was your favourite part about returning to school?

The NaBloPo­Mo prompt for today: What was your favourite part about return­ing to school? That’s not an easy ques­tion. It was­n’t cool to acknowl­edge being hap­py to return to school each year, of course, so while I was glad, I did­n’t real­ly acknowl­edge it to myself. As a result, it is more dif­fi­cult to access those […]

Review: All Clear by Connie Willis

Orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished at Ene­my of Entropy. You can com­ment here or there. All Clear by Con­nie Willis My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars Well, this vol­ume moved much more quick­ly than Black­out did! Hav­ing read a brief piece writ­ten by Ms. Willis thank­ing those who stood by her as one book spread into two, I think […]

Maybe It Isn’t the Flu

Katie seems to be feel­ing a bit bet­ter. She slept through most of the day, and just got up a few min­utes ago (right at the end of my and Sam’s date) feel­ing like she could eat some­thing. Sol­id food, even! That’s progress. Since she did­n’t have any antivi­rals, I don’t think this was really […]

An Update Instead of a Book Review!

I looked back at my recent entries and real­ized that it’s been a real­ly long time since I post­ed much of any­thing sub­stan­tive. I’m com­ing out of a long peri­od of being near­ly zomb­i­fied thanks to one of my med­ica­tions. I did­n’t real­ize that was hap­pen­ing, as I’d been on that drug for years without […]

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