Category Archives: Books


So, this happened a while back. I’m not going to digress in this post about the implications of monopolies, etc. For that I think I’m dedicating a standalone post soon.

But for the sake of these news specifically, I’m starting to move away from Goodreads to a great (work in progress, though) alternative: BookLikes.

You can check my profile/book blog/shelves here.

A year+ with my Kindle

So it’s been a year and a couple of months since I was given a Kindle for my birthday. So it’s high time I reviewed my experiences with it.

Let’s just say I can’t imagine my life without it. It has become one of those gadgets that, at least myself, can’t live without. The experience of reading a book on a Kindle is amazing. Dare I say better than a regular book? Perhaps…

The battery life of this thing is huge… Without the wireless turned on (I only need it to sync anyways) it can last almost two months, which is an amazing number!

Since I have it I’ve been reading a lot more, as you can probably guess by the posts in my book blog.

Bottom-line, it’s an awesome gadget, which I simply adore.

My new Book Blog

With the new year, came the usual New Year Resolutions. One of them I’ve already put into motion, which is blog at least once a week.

Another one is to read more. I’ve signed up for he GoodReads 2011 Reading Challenge and set myself to read 30 books this year. I though of setting the bar a little higher but then I though, small steps…

For this purpose, I’ve created a new blog, specifically for Book Reviews, called Reliant Bookwork. I took this idea from my sister, which also has a Book Reviews Blog called Sleepless Bookworm, with already a batch of interesting content. My GoodReads account is connected to the blog, so every time I write a review on GoodReads, it gets posted to that blog.

So let the reading year begin, and happy reading to myself!!

Another book read

Taking Wing (Star Trek: Titan S.)
Taking Wing
After the wholesale assassination of the Romulan senate in the feature film Star Trek: Nemesis, the Romulan Empire is in disarray, with rival factions fighting to pick up the pieces and seize the reins of power. After several factions separately contact the Federation Council – each laying claim to legitimate political power – Starfleet Command sends Captain William Riker and the USS Titan to Romulus to set up a forum for power-sharing talks. But even as the factions take their first faltering steps towards building a new Romulus, civil war looms. Meanwhile the remnants of the Romulan intelligence service, the dreaded Tal Shiar, are regrouping behind the scenes, taking advantage of the political vacuum to mobilize ships and soldiers, threatening to touch off a conflict that would tear Romulus apart. With no other help available, Riker and the Titan crew are all that stands between the shattered Star Empire and a bloodbath.

Another book read

A Time for War and a Time for Peace (Star Trek: The Next Generation S.)
A Time for War, A Time for Peace
After the scandalous Tezwa affair, the resignation of the President forces an election, with the future of the United Federation of Planets at stake. But the fate of the entire galaxy hangs in the balance when the Federation embassy on Qo’noS is seized by terrorists, whose actions expose an intrigue which reaches the highest echelons of the Klingon government. It will take all the skills which Ambassador Worf can muster to keep the fragile Federation-Klingon alliance from disintegrating. And while this potential intergalactic chaos threatens, Commander Riker finds his plans for command and marriage soured by a brutal, high-level inspection of the ship from which none of the crew may escape unscathed.

Just finished

A Time to Heal Cover
A Time to Heal
A cataclysmic war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire has been miraculously averted, and a new government is finally in place on the planet Tezwa. But deadly secrets still threaten the fragile peace accord. Rebels loyal to the old Tezwa regime have captured Commander Riker and are willing to kill to achieve their goals. The mysterious Orion Syndicate is interfering in the rebuilding — and may also be involved in much more than that. But the most devastating revelation of all threatens the very foundations of the Federation itself — leaving Captain Picard to possibly face the very conflict that he laboured so hard to prevent.

Another book read

A Time to Kill
Synopsis: At the height of the Dominion War, the Federation sends devastating weapons to the planet Tezwa, in violation of its fragile treaty with the Klingons, but the plan goes dangerously awry when Tezwa’s ruthless prime minister launches his own scheme for power, and Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise must put things right.

Another book read

A Time to Love
Synopsis: A century ago the long-running conflict between two alien civilizations ended when both of them colonised the same distant planet, becoming instead a shining example of inter-species cooperation and coexistence. Now an investigation headed by Kyle Riker — estranged father of Commander William Riker — has revealed how fragile their hard-won paradise is. Within a few generations, a virus indigenous to their colony planet of Delta Sigma IV will wipe out all its inhabitants. Faced with this threat the delicate shell of harmony starts to crumble…Jean-Luc Picard and his crew, still reeling from the events which have tarnished the career of one of Starfleet’s most decorated captains, must come to the aid of a world which once knew only peace, but now faces violence and chaos. Riker, meantime, must face the fact that his own father may be responsible for the anarchy into which Delta Sigma IV is descending.