Book Reviews Archive

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Book Review: Dark Matter

Dark Matter is another book I requested for review thanks to Haley over at I Lay Reading. And much like Haley, I’m having trouble trying to write a review for this book without posting spoilers. So this review is a short one. Dark Matter opens with physics professor Jason Dessen being kidnapped, injected with something, and

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Book Review: Party of One

When I saw Party of One on the Blogging for Books “available for request” page, I became intrigued. Like most people who were teenagers in the early 00’s, I spent my after school hours glued to MTV and Total Request Live. Most of the time, Carson Daly hosted the show. But every once in a while,

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Book Review: He Wanted The Moon

Haley from I Lay Reading recommended He Wanted the Moon by Mimi Baird to me, and from the time I started to read it was clear why. He Wanted the Moon is part scientific narrative and part memoir. (Both are types of non-fiction I thoroughly enjoy.) The book chronicles part of the time

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Book Review: The Fold

I feel I’ve said it time and time again when I write a science fiction book review, but I am so happy to be reading something that doesn’t take place in a dystopian society. Don’t get me wrong, I love those stories. But so much of sci-fi is that anymore, that something

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Book Review: Lights Out

After finishing Countdown to Zero Day, I saw another book about cyberwarfare was available for review and requested it as well. Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath, written by Ted Koppel, is a look into how our nation is prepared for a cyberattack with a focus on taking

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Book Review: Girls To The Front

  Author note: Sometimes I start a blog post and then forget about it for a while. That’s what has happened here. I actually read Girls to the Front a year ago, started the review, and forgot about it until I started looking through my “post ideas” folder on Google Drive! Oh,

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Book Review: Countdown to Zero Day

I’ve had a review copy of Countdown to Zero Day sitting on my shelf for several months now. When I first requested it, I was excited because it’s not everyday a book recommended to you by a friend ends up on an “available for review list.” (Aaron, who wrote about IoT security

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Book Review: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

With the whole Holly Jones/Killroys story still unfolding over public media and right here in Indianapolis, I figured this is a prime time to review a book I read a few months back called So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.  The author, Jon Ronson was motivated to research the topic and write this

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Book Review: The Martian

The Martian has been getting high praise from the geek community for a while now, which isn’t surprising at all. It is a story about astronaut Mark Watney, who ends up stranded on Mars during a mission and must use his skills, knowledge, and wit to survive. This is the kind of

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Book Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

Let’s get this out of the way first: No, this is not as good as Ready Player One. Ready Player One was a story that felt new, a different approach to sci-fi. Armada isn’t that. However, it’s still a good book in it’s own right. Armanda is the story of Zach Lightman, a teenager