Calvin and Hobbes!

Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin and Hobbes CollectionHomicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Recently re-read this stand alone Calvin and Hobbes Collection and I love it so much, If you’ve never read Calvin and Hobbes before I highly suggest you give any of the collections a try. My wife got me the complete collection a few Christmases ago and I’ve been making my way slowly through that as well. Arguably the best comic of all time.

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Dresden Files – Death Masks

Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)Death Masks by Jim Butcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every time I pick up one of the Dresden Files books they just hook me in and I have a hard time putting it down. This was one of my favorite of the series. We get a new big bad, Nic, and learn more about what exactly has happened to Susan. Michael is one of my favorite characters and we get to learn more about the order that he belongs to. Once again Marcone shows up and plays a vital role and we also get some background on him at the very end of the book. I’m so happy I have 10 more of these to read and book #16 coming out in this series soon. Jim Butcher is effing awesome!

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New Crichton, Old Feeling

Dragon TeethDragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was skeptical of this new Crichton Novel when it was first announced but I finally gave in and picked up a copy. I then had a hard time putting it down and ended up staying up way too late to finish it. It was fun, adventurous, and IMO definitely Crichton. He is my favorite author of all time and this new tale did not disappoint. I’ve been working on a reread of all of his works over the past few years and this book has gotten me back in the mood to dive back into it. I wish he was still around to write more amazing stories.

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The Art of War…and Revision

The Art of WarThe Art of War by Sun Tzu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had, much the same as everyone else I’m sure, heard of this famous writing on warfare by the ancient Chinese General and philosopher Sun Tzu. I had never read it though for some reason. From the thickness of this specific edition of Tzu’s writings I thought it would be much longer, but the book is broken up into two sections. The original writings of Tzu are the first section and then the translator’s notes and historical context of the translation are provided in the 2nd half. The writings by Tzu really are timeless when it comes to warfare, even though modern tactics are quite a bit different than ancient Chinese strategies.

I was doing some research for revision that I’m working on with my current novel and I can honestly see myself reading this again and I took quite a few notes and highlighted many passages that I think will help make my book better and more militaristic. With the length of the original writings of Tzu there really is no excuse to not give this a read, you will probably learn something and be entertained at the same time.

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The End of All Things (Old Man’s War Book 6)

I’ll get it figured out eventually how to post my reviews from goodreads to my blog but here it is copied and pasted over.

This was a really fun adventure back into the Old Man’s War universe. The first book will always be the best in the series for me, but hey ya never know there are more coming out one could impress the hell out of me still. This book follows a lot of the same threads and story lines that were in The Human Division and we get to hang out a bunch with Harry Wilson again, which is always good times. I was also very happy to see a lot of diplomatic haggling going on in this book, Intergalactic politics dealing with hundreds of other alien species is really quite interesting. Or maybe I’m just a Poli Sci nerd. Anyway this is probably my 3rd favorite Old Man’s War book. You keep on writing them Scalzi and I will keep on devouring them and giving you my monies.

Book Reviews Switching to Goodreads

So I’ve used this blog a lot for book reviews, but now I’m going to switch all of my reviews of what I read to Goodreads. It’s a nifty little site, please feel free to follow me on their as well. Look up Joseph Cook to find me. I’m going focus my blog more on Harbingers and my book series and try to post my fiction writing, or occassional rant, on my blog, and leave the book reviews to Goodreads!