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Mind-Over-Matter Using ‘The God Wave’

Mind-Over-Matter Using ‘The God Wave’

‘The God Wave’ starts simple enough — trying to control software on the screen using mental commands or trying to rotate a motor’s spindle on a piece of heavy machinery equipment. Pretty soon, the business partners have a small collection of test subjects who are starting to show efficiency at their various personal skills (such as an artist trying to create art on a screen with her mind). The practical applications begin to appear… and then the company gets noticed. One of the business partners makes a deal with a government agency, and the next thing that’s happening is the project has a secretive side in addition to the more public one. Read More

Sherlock Holmes Book Reviews and News Q4 2015

Sherlock Holmes Book Reviews and News Q4 2015

It’s a good time to be a Sherlock Holmes fan. There’s less than a month before the Season 4 premiere of ‘Elementary’ (CBS), and December is nearing so fans of the BBC show ‘Sherlock’ will get the much anticipated Christmas special that drops Cumberbatch and Freeman into their same roles but jumps back from its modern day setting to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian-era setting. Read More

America’s Last Hope for WWIII? ‘Ghost Fleet’ by Singer and Cole

America’s Last Hope for WWIII? ‘Ghost Fleet’ by Singer and Cole

I’ve read a lot of Tom Clancy over the years (his actual novels, not those books where his name was just added to the cover to encourage sales), and there are probably hundreds of reasons for his popularity — well researched military hardware, believable heroes and villains, and descriptive battles are just a few I believe led to Clancy’s success in military fiction. His novels are almost unique in their style, but I’ve recently finished a new novel that had me flashing back to Clancy and his style of writing. Read More

It’s the End of World… And I Feel Fine

It’s the End of World… And I Feel Fine

There’s a good variety of apocalypse across the triptych. We’ve got widespread devastation due to illness, alien invasion, zombies, a comet, environmental degradation, genetically modified foods, A.I., and many more. The sheer variety in the way these authors ended the world was amazing, as was the diversity of setting and voice. Read More

Book Review: ‘The Library at Mount Char’ by Scott Hawkins

Book Review: ‘The Library at Mount Char’ by Scott Hawkins

I love books that sneak up on you when you’re not looking. I especially enjoy it when it’s from a new author with a debut novel that offers up something unique. Scott Hawkins’ has done this with ‘The Library at Mount Char,’ a mind-bending tale that delivers a contemporary fantasy story complete with its own mythology and rules for how the world works. Read More

2 Spooky New Novels for Your Summer Consideration

2 Spooky New Novels for Your Summer Consideration

Summer is here, and with it comes a flood of new novels. It’s like Christmas on my doorstep–it seems every summer day one or two (the record is four) new novels arrive at my door. The covers scream READ ME, READ ME! My work calendar says NO TIME, NO TIME! I’ve got a pile building on my desk right now, and so far my only summer review was for Ernest Cline’s ‘Armada.’ Time to change that. Read More

Review: ‘The Fangirl’s Guide to The Galaxy’

There are some books whose titles that don’t just grab your attention, they leap up and lock your attention in a choke hold until you start reading them. ‘The Fangirl’s Guide to The Galaxy’ by Sam Maggs, released today, is one of those titles. The second I spotted the book, and its amazing cover, I knew I had to read it right then and there. Read More

‘The Machine Awakes’ – A Sci-Fi Military Thriller Whodunit

‘The Machine Awakes’ – A Sci-Fi Military Thriller Whodunit

I’ve been a big fan of Adam Christopher since I first discovered his novel ‘Empire State’ and its world-twisting take on superheroes. Two additional superhero novels followed (sequel ‘The Age Atomic’ and the stand-alone ‘Seven Wonders’) that are also solid recommendations, but I’m really quite taken with Christopher’s science fiction/supernatural/horror universe that he created with the eerie ‘The Burning Dark’ and now continues with sci-fi military thriller ‘The Machine Awakes.’ Read More

‘The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar’ — Who Said Evil Can’t Be Cute?

‘The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar’ — Who Said Evil Can’t Be Cute?

Sometimes, people just don’t know when to leave things well enough alone. Take Signal Fire Studios in Georgia. They just about caused the end of the world when they released ‘The Lovecraftian ABCs,’ exposing children around the globe to a number of ancient secrets and creating thousands of new acolytes bent on waking untold evils. Thankfully these plans were interrupted by a few well-timed naps and On-Demand episodes of ‘Caillou.’ (Of course, we parents are beginning to suspect that even ‘Caillou’ is a minion of some of the most foul creatures ever to swim the dark ether of outer space.) Read More

Stack Overflow: Whittling Down the Collection

Stack Overflow: Whittling Down the Collection

I don’t think I’ve got it quite as bad as fellow GeekDad Jonathan Liu, but occasionally my book stack starts to get a bit high again and I feel the urge to whittle it down a bit. My reading interests are all over the map, and it’s sometimes difficult to grab enough books in a particular genre to review together… so please forgive me for the mishmash of books below, of which I hope at least one or more grabs your interest and proves a worthy purchase. Read More

Book Review: ‘Touch’ by Claire North

Book Review: ‘Touch’ by Claire North

Anyone who read last year’s surprise hit, ‘The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August,’ by Claire North has probably been eagerly awaiting her next story. Released last week, ‘Touch’ is a similar-style story in that it focuses on a special group of individuals who have a unique talent. Read More

Book Review: ‘Mort(e)’ by Robert Repino

Book Review: ‘Mort(e)’ by Robert Repino

Here’s the setup — the ants have had enough of humans. Over thousands of years, one particular colony has grown in size and intelligence, and the Queen has finally decided to take back the Earth. I know just enough about ants to understand how they communicate and I’ve read here and there (and watched a few video snippets) about their hierarchy and how they declare war on other colonies. This Queen is very intelligent, and she has managed to gain sufficient knowledge of chemistry to grow car-sized Alphas to act as soldier. Oh, and she’s also figured out how to grant intelligence and self-awareness in most every animal type on the planet including pig, dog, bear, raccoon, and cat. Read More