Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (SF novel, 2018). This author’s third SF novel mostly takes place during the final events of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. In this universe, humans long ago fled an environmentally destroyed Earth in a fleet of enormous generational ships. This is by no means a new idea, […]Read more "REVIEWED: Record of a Spaceborn Few"
First up: My somewhat ancient laptop has been pronounced beyond repair and I’ll have a new one in a few days. Accordingly, I expect to be personally, if temporarily broke real soon now (despite the fact that my computer guy is cutting me a nice deal–Thanks, Chris!). Meanwhile, continuing to fall back on my local […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: August 9, 2018"
The Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani (Political/Cultural Essays, 2018). The author, a well-known literary critic and astute cultural observer, here offers “Notes On Falsehood In The Age Of Trump” (to quote the 208-page book’s subtitle). The book is already a best-seller, and deservedly so. It’s a levelheaded look at how respect for the facts, upon […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Death of Truth"
They had a fine crowd at last night’s coffeehouse, which began trickling in even before the scheduled 7 PM opening (including yours truly, right after a quick pizza snack at nearby Bella’s). There was a mix of regulars, occasional drop-ins and brand new people. Live music was provided by 4 locals, beginning with The BirdDoggs, […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, August 2, 2018"
Head On by John Scalzi (SF/Mystery Novel, April 2018). This novel takes place in Scalzi’s near-future universe introduced in his book Lock In. A strange plague called Haden’s Syndrome (after one of earliest, most famous victims) has left one percent of the world’s population physically and completely paralyzed, though they’re still mentally aware. Thus, Hadens are said […]Read more "REVIEWED: Head On"
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot (Memoir, 2018). Already a New York Times Bestseller, this powerful if slender volume is a memoir, though told in highly poetic and richly evocative prose. Ms. Mailhot is a Canadian-born member of the Salish People now living in the United States. She holds a M.F.A. in fiction from the Institute of […]Read more "REVIEWED: Heart Berries"
Clint Eastwood and company were already planning their Escape from Alcatraz when I arrived at the Grand Midway Hotel’s weekly coffeehouse. Interesting caper movie, based on a true story. It had been a moderately hot day and I’d done a good deal of outdoor work, so I started off the evening with a cold drink (Orange Crush). […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: July 26, 2018"