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computer scientist, mathematician, photographer, human. Debian Developer, Notmuch Maintainer, scuba diver

Much of my "reading" these days is actually audiobooks while walking.

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Another aspect of magic as a narrative device is that it facilitates the heroic narrative better when it is a person casting a shield spell rather than a subsystem of the ship. I'm not sure that space opera really lacks emphasis on the heroism / crucialness of the individual though.

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (Paperback, 2018, Orbit) 3 stars

Furious and fun, the first book in this bold, new science fiction adventure series follows …

Still thinking about magic as a plot device in space opera. It does allow characters to act directly on other humans in fairly arbitrary ways without some technobabble back story like "she hacked my implants". It also seems to provide a crude kind of character shorthand (like character class in a role playing game). I guess the success of stories like Star Wars has proven that there is an audience for sword and sorcery novels set in the future.

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (Paperback, 2018, Orbit) 3 stars

Furious and fun, the first book in this bold, new science fiction adventure series follows …

Content warning violence, gore, kvetching

Light From Uncommon Stars (2021, Tor Books) 3 stars

Good Omens meets The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in this defiantly joyful …

a fun mess, with some touching moments

4 stars

Content warning mild spoiler about ending

Light From Uncommon Stars (2021, Tor Books) 3 stars

Good Omens meets The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in this defiantly joyful …

Cursed violins are more common than one might imagine. The details vary, but most follow a typical pattern of notoriety: the violin is stolen, someone kills for it, dies for it, pulls it from a grave, bathes it in blood.

Not surprisingly, their owners tend to keep quiet. Thus, cursed violins rarely receive regular maintenance. More than a few have been ruined, not by Hell’s Infernal Forces, but by being played without a sound post or with a backward bridge.

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A very nerdy viewpoint.