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Goodreads Book Review - Fool Moon

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Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I seems safe to say I've become a full-fledged fan of the Dresden Files. I enjoyed the first book, Storm Front, a lot, and liked this one even more. Butcher's writing improved dramatically between books. Yes, a lot of the tropes are still there, but it's a genre story, there are going to be tropes. If you enjoy the genre you expect them and enjoy them accordingly; complaining about them would be like complaining about there being a monster in a monster movie. The characters and plots are fun, as is the dialogue. There are some nice twists. The world-building going on is interesting, and the end sets up further installments nicely. All in all, this is a very solid book. I think I've got a new book series obsession...



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I'm Givin' Her All She's Got, Captain...

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...but I need more time!


Here's a post I've promised for a week now: the one that rants about how there just aren't enough hours in the day anymore for me to do all the things I want to do. There are about six blog posts I've been meaning to write that are just too time-consuming at the moment. Seriously, there's one about TV shows that has grown to include eight different topics... at this point I think I might just wait until it hits ten and make it into a nice, neat list. I'm still hoping to hit a hundred posts in a year for the second time in my blogging career, but I just don't know anymore. And clearly there's no fiction-writing getting done at all.

There are also a stack of comics on my computer going back over a month now that I haven't been able to read. You know, I used to lament the change in writing style that took comics from something that used to take at least ten minutes an issue to read to something that can be breezed through in ha…

Goodreads Book Review - Rogues

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Rogues by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I sort of feel like a broken record when it comes to anthologies; I'm always saying the same things about how hard they are to review because each story is so different and the parts vs. the whole and all that stuff. This one is elevated above most of the other anthologies I've ever read by virtue of the fact that it features stories by George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, and Gillian Flynn, all of which are amazing. I also enjoyed Joe Abercrombie's story, as well as the ones by Scott Lynch and Matthew Hughes, but were mostly disappointed by the rest of them. Still, this is a four-star anthology, one for each of those headliners. In fact, it would be worth it for a story from just one of those authors, let alone all four of them, and with three other good ones in there, it's well worth it.



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Mets Monday: 2014 Subway Series Game 1

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I realize it isn't technically Monday, but last night was Monday and I was at the game last night so I'm writing about it today and calling it Monday. Sue me. Last night's game kicked off the 2014 Subway Series between my beloved Mets and the time from across the city, the Yankees. It was a night of firsts for me: the first time I went to a Subway Series game; the first time I've caught a game at the new Yankee Stadium; and the first time my girlfriend and I have gone to a game together.


It was a fun night. As a little background to last night's game, in last year's entry into the ongoing rivalry between these two teams, the Mets won all four games in a split-stadium series sweep (can you tell how much I really love alliteration?). With that in mind, going into game-time last night, I was hoping for another win to continue the dominance, since the Yankees seem to be the only thing my beleaguered Metsies have been able to dominate in the last year or two, while…

Goodreads Book Review - The Adversary

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The Adversary by Erin M. Evans

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


While this is the third book in The Sundering series, it's also the continuation of the series of stories Erin M. Evans told with these characters before. As such, it's entirely possible there are plenty of other readers like me who had never read any of her other stories and are only reading this one because they started the series with the first entry by R. A. Salvatore. Unfortunately, it seems no one told Evans that, as the first third or so of this book is a jumbled mess of poorly-explained exposition that is only effective at telling the audience absolutely nothing about these characters and their relationships other than that they know each other. It picks up a bit after that once the book's story picks up and becomes more important than the back story; there's decent action and a fun, twisting plot, and the characters are enjoyable. It's a little over-long and drags in places, but the end picks up. Overall…

300th Post: A Tricentennial Retrospective

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That's right, folks. Shootin' Straighter Than a Stormtrooper hits its three hundredth post today. I don't know about you, but that seems like kind of a big deal to me, even if it took forever; my first post dropped on April 16th, 2010, just over four years ago. I'm sure I could have reached this point much sooner, but as I mentioned yesterday, sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day (and yes, that blog is still coming, unless of course it isn't, because of, well, ibid, your honor...), but I digress. As a way to celebrate this milestone, I thought I'd take a look back at some of the highlights my blog has had over the years.

To start, we're going to briefly revisit my one hundredth blog post, where I analyzed my life and my goals a bit. I have no idea why I didn't to the same at two hundred, but whatever. Check that post out for a second, and then come back. I'll wait.

Ready? Okay. Find a job with decent pay and benefits? I think my …

Happy Star Wars Day!

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Clearly, Star Wars is a big thing to me, right? So here we are, Star Wars Day 2014. I wanted to do a big write-up today but, well, I'm in New Jersey on my cell at the moment and there just aren't enough hours in the day anymore (a topic of another blog that is coming soon, I swear) so instead of a write-up, today we'll celebrate with the internet's favorite thing: memes!


For more, some really hysterical, check this page out. And until next time...

May the Fourth be with you!

Goodreads Book Review - Storm Front

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Storm Front by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


For the longest time and without any good reason, I'd avoided the Dresden Files series. Even though the idea of a modern detective wizard plays right into my wheelhouse, I never bothered to give it a shot. Then I read the Dangerous Women anthology and Jim Butcher's short story therein and was immediately interested in reading more... and I'm glad I did. This book is really entertaining. Yes, it falls into a lot of the tropes of the genre and doesn't do much of anything new, but for a first novel from an author just finding his footing, it's not a bad outing at all. Fun characters set in an environment that slowly unfurls around you in a story that is full of memorable scenes and the promise of better things to come once the set-up of the first novel is out of the way. I'm definitely interested in reading the rest of the series now.



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