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The Lazy Intellectual

The Lazy Intellectual reminds me of the Bluffer’s Guides series which focuses on individual subject matter, but with a humorous twist. For this book, the attempt to cover so many subject matters resulted in scratching the surface of more than a few. Some parts are repetitive because the subject matters are related, just like the… Read More »

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway

There’s so much “fake it till you make it” vibe in this book that the cup truly runneth over. And chapter 11 took it to a new level of BS with what the author called Higher Self, which “is capable of a high degree of sensitivity and attunement to a harmonious flow within the universe.”… Read More »

The House of a Million Stories

These are my recent haul from BookXcess in Penang. It’s a two-storey book lover paradise in Gurney Paragon. I wasn’t expecting to be buying books on this trip (came for the food) so I was totally unprepared (no $$$, no luggage space). Probably have to come here again sometime in the future. If you’re the… Read More »

Choose Yourself

This “book” started off very promising until you realised that it’s essentially a collection of blog posts rewritten and repackaged to fit a new medium. Which is a shame because there are a few nuggets of gems lost in the meandering fluff. The author used a gimmicky promotional tactic that promises to give your money… Read More »

Star Trek: New Earth – Rough Trails

I don’t normally read a series out of cycle, but my daughter picked up this book for me from the library, not knowing that it’s book 3 of 6. Not wanting to waste her good intention, I decided to read it nonetheless. However, it was an unfortunate coincidence that when I started reading this book,… Read More »

Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory

This book could have been titled “The Adventures of Noonien Soong”. For the greater part of his adventure, Noonien was on the run from Federation space. That’s because he doesn’t seem to have a favourable opinion of Starfleet: “I’m not saying Starfleet doesn’t serve a purpose or do its share of good in the galaxy,… Read More »

Star Trek Discovery: Drastic Measures

Author Dayton Ward seems to have a knack for describing landmarks, directions and actions, unlike Kirsten Beyer who excels with writing dialogue. Characterization suffered as a consequence and many characters fell flat from stereotyping. The excerpts inserted between chapters of the book slowed the pace down considerably, even though they offered a different perspective of… Read More »

Star Trek Voyager: The Eternal Tide

The opening prologue may read like a confusing maze of dialogue if you are unfamiliar with the Q Continuum and its impact on the Star Trek timelines. Unfortunately, I can’t bring myself to finish the book as confusion sets in with the many diversions in the storyline. It also gets boring when you introduce omnipotent… Read More »

Star Trek Voyager: Atonement

Atonement kicked off with a rather disjointed prologue that left anyone wanting to follow up with the ending of the previous Acts of Contrition in a state of confusion, unless you have followed the series from Unworthy. The novel is appropriately titled, because many of the characters set about doing just that, with the exception… Read More »