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Chris Bernhardt: Quantum Computing for Everyone (Hardcover, 2019, The MIT Press) 4 stars

An accessible introduction to an exciting new area in computation, explaining such topics as qubits, …

A good, mathematical look at how quantum mechanics works.

4 stars

A fascinating book and a topic that may be easily misunderstood: the application of quantum mechanics to computing. The author does not shy away from the maths of linear algebra and matrix computations, but if you stick with it and work through or think about the maths, you'll get a better understanding of how quantum computing works, instead of getting a 'hand-wavy' non-mathematical view.

The book starts with the basics of quantum mechanics: how the act of measurement alters the properties of a quantum object like light (photons) or electrons. Next, linear algebra and matrix computations are introduced and it is probably best for the reader to work through or become familiar with this, or much of the rest of the book will be incomprehensible. Next, the mathematics are then used to show how measurements of quantum objects cause them to take on the measured states: this is the 'shut …

Simon Stålenhag: The Labyrinth (Hardcover, 2021, Simon & Schuster, Limited) 4 stars

The Labyrinth is a unique vision of a dystopian future from one of the most …

The end of the world that comes in a series of shocks, and whimpers.

3 stars

On an Earth that is being ravaged by unknown forces, slowly poisoning the atmosphere and the surface, the survivors hide out in underground bases, occasionally wandering out to the surface. The story concerns one expedition, two siblings and a teenage kid, who go on an expedition to collect samples while trying to keep the kid distracted and entertained.

But something is definitely wrong, when the kid begins behaving in a fashion that terrifies the adults. All is finally revealed when the world slowly begins to end and the horrible things the survivors did to survive are shown in both words and illustrations, ending with one shocking illustration that shows just what trying to survive has done to the survivors.

C. L. Polk: St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid (2020, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 3 stars

All magical requests comes with a price. A girl with witchcraft, no friends, and only …

When friendship and magic intertwine.

3 stars

A young girl, whose mother is a witch, feels lonely, and wants to get to know another girl from her school. As their friendships develop, the girl also develops a desire to know magic like her mother. But when her comes into her magic, she discovers magic has been 'hooked' into her friend. Undoing it would lead her into a fight for which she may not be prepared for.

C. L. Polk: Ivy, Angelica, Bay (2024, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

When Hurston Hill is threatened by a suspiciously powerful urban development firm, Miss l’Abielle steps …

A story of magic, but also about repaying kindness.

3 stars

A story of a witch that protects her community with spells that bring luck and fortune. But something evil has come, that wants to redevelop the community, breaking her spells and turning them to use for personal profit. And it may be related to an orphan child that the witch takes in earlier, teaching her the ways of magic and also kindness, that may be repaid when the witch finally confronts the evil that has entered her home.

reviewed Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree (Legends & Lattes, #2)

Travis Baldree: Bookshops & Bonedust (Hardcover, 2023, Pan Macmillan) 4 stars

Viv’s career with the renowned mercenary company Rackam’s Ravens isn’t going as planned. Wounded during …

A fun prequel, with romance, books, and a necromancer involved.

4 stars

A fun prequel to the author's previous book, this one concerns the adventures of Viv the Orc when she was just starting out in the 'hack and slash' business with a group of mercenaries. Injured during a battle against a necromancer, Viv is bundled off to recover in a seaside town in the middle of nowhere.

With nothing else to do, Viv wanders into a bookshop, where she discovers an owner with a very discerning eye for readers, who recommends to her a series of books that Viv is startled to discover she enjoys. Viv then returns the favour by helping the owner to clean up the shop and help advertise it to visitors. Viv also gets acquainted with the owner of a bakery, which turns into a summer fling while she waits to rejoin the mercenaries.

Things take a dark turn when a creepy visitor turns up at the …

Neil Clarke: Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 213 (EBook, 2024, Wyrm Publishing) 3 stars

Fiction: - "Twenty-Four Hours" by H.H. Pak - "Our Chatbots Said "I Love You," Shall …

An average issue of Clarkesworld.

3 stars

An average issue, with interesting stories by H.H. Pak, Caroline M. Yoachim, S.B. Divya and Luc Diamant.

  • "Twenty-Four Hours" by H.H. Pak: a mother spends one day with her daughter, who is part of a war effort. As the story progresses, things don't start to add up, but it is only at the end is the true nature of the mother and daughter's connection revealed as the mother bids farewell.

  • "Our Chatbots Said "I Love You," Shall We Meet?" by Caroline M. Yoachim: a girl is dreading her first meeting with a potential partner: but their AI chatbots have been having conversations with each other for ages and think they make a good match. It would require her to overcome her 'first date' nerves to learn if what the chatbots say is true.

  • "Artistic Encounters of a Monumental Nature" by S.B. Divya: a graffiti artist and her team plan to …