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Jason Evangelho

KillYourFM@bookwyrm.social

Joined 1 year, 7 months ago

Professional hobbyist. Rabbit hole chaser. 80s kid and 90s music addict. A writer and musician reviving my imagination from my coma. I'm also on Mastodon layer8.space/@KillYourFM

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John Scalzi: The Kaiju Preservation Society (EBook, 2022, Tom Doherty Associates) 4 stars

Jamie’s dream was to hit the big time at a New York tech start-up. Jamie’s …

Amazing premise, shallow characters

3 stars

It was difficult to give this one 3 stars, because it was such a brisk, entertaining read. The premise is fascinating, and I'm craving more information and stories about this world Scalzi has created.

But... and I know this critique is going to sound contradictory when we're discussing a novel about kaiju and alternate earths, but the characters just weren't realistic enough. Not believable or grounded enough. Every single character in the world has the same razor-sharp wit, snappy comebacks, and elevated charisma. As if they were all cut from the same model and then just given different names, pronouns, and histories.

To put it bluntly, while the dialogue is downright hilarious, it just wasn't remotely believable. Regardless of the dire circumstances we see them in, they're cheery and witty, cracking jokes and barely showing any speck of genuine human emotion.

That's just my opinion as someone who really values …

Corbin Reiff: Total F*cking Godhead (2020, Post Hill Press) 3 stars

A promising start and a disappointing end

3 stars

Chris Cornell's unexpected death is, in a beautiful but understandably tragic way, partially responsible for my wife and me connecting and finding love. We bonded over the sadness of his passing and celebrated his ridiculously talented legacy of music. So I dove into this book with what's admittedly some bias, some enthusiasm, and some emotional connections to the material.

My wife read the Croatian version of this book last year, so I knew going in that author Corbin Reiff had been severely roadblocked by various legal issues surrounding Chris's death and estate. In fact, Reiff admits as much in the introduction and isn't shy about expressing his disappointment over seeing so many promising interview opportunities -- some months in the making -- vanish practically overnight.

Despite this changing the scope of the biography, it opens with so much promise. Reiff paints a brief but powerful picture of Chris "liberating" a …

Corbin Reiff: Total F*cking Godhead (2020, Post Hill Press) 3 stars

Review of 'Total F*cking Godhead' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Chris Cornell's unexpected death was, in a beautiful but understandably tragic way, partially responsible for my wife and me connecting and finding love. We bonded over the sadness of his passing and celebrated his ridiculously talented legacy of music. So I dove into this book with what's admittedly some bias, some enthusiasm, and a strong emotional connection to the material.

My wife read the Croatian version of this book last year, so I knew going in that author Corbin Reiff had been severely roadblocked by various legal issues surrounding Chris's death and estate. In fact, Reiff admits as much in the introduction and isn't shy about expressing his disappointment over seeing so many promising interview opportunities -- some months in the making -- vanish practically overnight.

Despite this changing the scope of the biography, it opens with so much promise. Reiff paints a brief but powerful picture of Chris "liberating" …

Robb Pearlman, Jordan Hoffman: The Star Trek Book of Friendship (Hardcover, 2022, Smart Pop) 3 stars

Review of 'The Star Trek Book of Friendship' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

A VERY brisk but delightful read that plays out as a meandering conversation about the iconic friends (and frenemies) in Star Trek. At times it's a little too ham-fisted, as if the authors are trying way too hard to prove they're diehard Trekkies.

But honestly, my biggest complaint is that it was entirely too short, almost as if it was edited way too aggressively.

But it's a little book I'll leave on my desk, because the illustrations alone bring big smiles.

And one more thing: there are certain passages here that may trigger binge-watches of TOS, DS9, TNG, Voyager, and yes, even Enterprise.

Harold Goldberg: All your base are belong to us (2011, Three Rivers Press) 3 stars

Review of 'All your base are belong to us' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Know this going in: All Your Base Are Belong To Us resembles a collection of passionately written, diligently researched, loosely tied together essays, rather than being a true exploration of the video game industry's impact on pop culture. It's alluded to repeatedly, but not explored as deeply as I expected.

And Goldberg's occasional reconstruction of the historical dialogue that transpired (based on his 200+ interviews) sounds stilted, not natural.

Still, it's packed with fascinating facts concerning the origin stories of the pioneers and creatives who paved the way. As someone who's been loving video games since Pong, and covered the industry for more than a decade, Goldberg still managed to unearth a ton of tidbits that surprised me.

Beyond that, I have a new appreciation for the early days of PopCap, Rockstar, and Sierra among many others.

It's an easy-reading page-turner for true video game enthusiasts. Come for the origin …