“Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari

In Modern Romance, comedian Aziz Ansari teams up with sociologist Eric Klinenberg for a humorous exploration of what it means to date and find love in the modern world.  In our grandparents’ era, finding “the one” wasn’t so complex.  You’d meet someone cute in your neighborhood, and before you knew it, you’d be married.  As Ansari explains,Read more

“Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson

It all started with the taxidermied raccoon.  I don’t normally read memoirs or books about depression, even if they do promise to be funny.  A little too real, a little too close to home.  In general, I prefer my books to be set in other worlds, other times, other cultures.  I want to experience somethingRead more

“Redshirts” by John Scalzi

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You know how in Star Trek and other stereotypical sci-fi shows there always seem to be characters who exist only to die in horrific ways in order to create drama and a sense of danger?  In Redshirts by John Scalzi, a group of newly arrived crewmembers on the Intrepid quickly find that everyone’s really weird aboutRead more

Review and Giveaway: “The Brothers Cabal” by Jonathan L. Howard

The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard is the fourth book in the Johannes Cabal series.  Even though it’s not the first in the series, it can function relatively well as a standalone.  I haven’t read the earlier books, but was able to jump into this one quite easily. Johannes Cabal is a necromancer.  He’sRead more

“How to Be Black” by Baratunde Thurston

I bought How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston because I thought it would make a hilarious coffee table book and/or conversation piece.  Race is one of those taboo topics that people (myself included) aren’t comfortable talking about.  Since Baratunde Thurston writes for The Onion, I hoped he’d be able to talk about racial issuesRead more

Mini Review: “How to Survive a Robot Uprising” by Daniel H. Wilson

While shelving books at work, I happened to come across Daniel H. Wilson’s “How to Survive a Robot Uprising.” The title made me chuckle, so I thought I’d give it a read. Written by a robotics researcher, the premise of the book is a humorous look at how robots work and how to thwart theirRead more