Book Review: Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb My rating: 4 of 5 stars There are  books that you read in which you’re mostly invested in plot. You want to know the what, where, why and how of things. When those stories end it often feels like you’ve been on a grand adventure–maybe the protagonist has been all over the world, overcoming a series of obstacles of increasing difficulty–and you’ve been witness to...

Book Review: Lexicon by Max Barry

Lexicon by Max Barry My rating: 3 of 5 stars Were this the first book in a series, as opposed to a standalone entry I might’ve rated it a little higher. But it’s not, so I won’t. I’ll say up front that I don’t have a problem recommending Lexicon, as it’s an easy, quick* read, that won’t annoy you with what it does. I ultimately liked it, though my review...

Book Review: The Good Dad: Becoming the Father You Were Meant to Be by James Daly

The Good Dad: Becoming the Father You Were Meant to Be by James Daly My rating: 4 of 5 stars I picked this book up at the library based solely on the cover photo catching my eye; it was just a whim, really. It wasn’t shelved, but was instead on a table of other books that someone or someones were trying to highlight that day, and I’m really glad they...

Life

On August 18, 2012, I was the driver in car accident with an 18-wheeler in which my girlfriend lost her life. It’s never been a secret, and most know the basics as I’ve never had a problem talking to friends about it. However some don’t know about it at all, and while I’ll be explaining some portions of it for most of my foreseeable life, this post is in part...

Book Review: A Hungry Heart: A Memoir by Gordon Parks

A Hungry Heart: A Memoir by Gordon ParksMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a book I’d been meaning to read for a few months, but when it was mentioned recently in one of my favorite photography podcasts, I decided there was no time better than the present. If you want the short answer on whether this is worth reading, the answer is a resounding yes, immediately! As I’m...

My Next PC

How many PCs do do you count? Back in 2009, while building my current desktop, I tossed around the idea that unless I was teaching my future children how to do so, this machine would probably be my last complete build. Surprisingly that thought had absolutely nothing to do with us seemingly marching headfirst into the “Post-PC era,” due to the rise of smartphones and tablets. I will always have...

Book Review: Long Division by Kiese Laymon

Long Division by Kiese LaymonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars When a book is really good, I’m excited to get to the end to see what happens, but when a book is great, I’m most anticipating reading it again in the future. In Long Division, Citoyen ‘City’ Coldson is a wave brush-toting, slick-talking high schooler, growing up in present day Mississippi. After getting into a bit of trouble at school,...

I Should Know Yours

My Dear Child,      You’d be about about five months old, today. I can’t tell you your exact birthday, but I can tell you we would’ve shared the birth month of March. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world, when I realized that. Your mother on the other hand, took it as a sign that you were already picking up your father’s habits. Five months would...

Games from the Motherland

While I do still play them, often enough, it’s only by the loosest definition of the word, that I feel comfortable thinking of myself as a gamer, these days. I do, however, still like to keep up on what’s going on with them. This article on the current up and coming cadre of African game developers was one of the more interesting and promising things I read last week, and...