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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Review: Death's End

Death's End by Liu Cixin My rating: 4 of 5 stars Well...that was an interesting ending... It wasn't bad, but it did feel very nihilistic.  I suppose the opposite view might be a continuous renaissance, but still, it felt a bit bleak.  Overall throughout this series, I felt that we were witnessing the increasingly bad decisions of humanity. It was still
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Review: The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation

The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation by Trevor Owens My rating: 4 of 5 stars Caught up on reading this. It's been on the bottom of my pile during the semester. Not bad. A bit of a rehash of things I already knew (given my previous experience), but it provides some interesting information to fill in the blanks. View all my reviews
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Review: The Dark Forest

The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin My rating: 5 of 5 stars A good follow-up to the three-body problem. Earth prepares for the invasion of the Trisolarans, but they are hampered by the Sophons - subatomic particles that are semi-AI. Our technological advancement can only go so far. There are a couple of different options that emerge, but ultimately what saves the day is a decommissioned
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Review: Leviathan Falls

Leviathan Falls by James S.A. Corey My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was a satisfying ending to the series.  I was surprised by the epilogue, but maybe I shouldn't have been surprised? ;-). Of course, Amos was going to make it to the end, one thousand years later!  This book series, to me, is basically about the rise and fall of human empires, and all the humans
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Review: Star Trek: Mission's End

Star Trek: Mission's End by Ty Templeton My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is probably the 4th ending to the original series that I've read or seen on screen (through some fan film.)  Interesting. It keeps with the Strange New Worlds, New Life, and New Civilizations theme.  The mission aliens were not humanoid, they weren't even warp-capable on their own, but
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Review: Star Trek Voyager: To Lose the Earth

To Lose the Earth by Kirsten Beyer My rating: 5 of 5 stars That was a good 'finale' for the Voyager relaunch series of books.  I am not sure if this is a series finale or a season finale, but I am curious to see where things go from here.  It's interesting to see the connections that ultimately make their way to star trek discovery, with species 10-C (which
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Review: Star Trek: Voyager: Architects of Infinity

Architects of Infinity by Kirsten Beyer My rating: 5 of 5 stars OK, this one ended in a "WTF" moment for me?  Eh... whut?On the plus side, I did remember the Kriotians from TNG's "the perfect mate," which made for an interesting sub-plot in the book.  The biodomes on a dead planet were an interesting main plot, but OMG.  You find an abandoned paradise? 
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Review: Star Trek Voyager: Atonement

Atonement by Kirsten Beyer My rating: 4 of 5 stars Good to see a conclusion to the Paris family court drama, which also parallels the conclusion of the Janeway tribunal drama.  Overall, this was a good story.  For the Voyager kids who've entered the academy, it's also interesting to see that college...errr..the academy isn't the only path forward.From the
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Review: Kingdom Of The Damned

Kingdom Of The Damned by Michael Jan Friedman My rating: 3 of 5 stars A collection of stories where Q is being Q and turns the entire crew (except for Data) into Klingons just to mess with them.  Of course, the Enterprise is playing taxi service to a bunch of aliens that don't like Klingons, so Q is getting his laughs in.  Not bad, overall.  I think
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Review: DC Star Trek: TNG: The Pilot

DC Star Trek: TNG: The Pilot by Michael Jan Friedman My rating: 3 of 5 stars Pretty good follow-up.  This collection collects DC TNG 7-12. At least in this one, everyone's not a bodybuilder and the characters seem more true to themselves. I read these separately, but it's easier to mark a collection than to add 50 different entries into Goodreads :-). View
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