James E. Rusler

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (41 of 44)
Location: The South Seas
Birthday: 4 Jan


Top Reviewer Ranking: 761,338 - Total Helpful Votes: 41 of 44
Flashback by Dan Simmons
Flashback by Dan Simmons
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
I'm not a fan of US right-wing politics. Nor do I think well of Dan Simmons's personal politics -- and neither would be worth mentioning if that scatter-shot set of nationalist fear-mongering beliefs weren't reflected so strongly in this book. Nearly every chapter had an awkward, suspension-of-disbelief shattering callback to the current events of 2008-2010. I felt physically thrown out of the story every time I read about Obama's campaign, or a mosque at Ground Zero, or that global warming hoax, or...well, you name it -- if Glenn Beck has cried about it or Fox News has pontificated over it, it's here.

If it were simply a matter of world-building, that would be fine. I found… Read more
I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter
I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I found this to be a compelling and thorough look at Hofstadter's take on consciousness. This is not light reading despite the author's conversational style. The book demands that you think and, perhaps, re-read some of the more challenging sections if they don't click at the first pass. No matter. The subject matter is interesting enough to create an enjoyable experience from even the most challenging concepts.

This book gets credit for the amazing feat of explaining the incompleteness of formal systems (Godel's theorem on formally undecidable propositions) in a way my math-challenged brain can grasp. The philosophical treatment of consciousness flows clearly from this sturdy… Read more
Echo (Alex Benedict) by Jack McDevitt
Echo (Alex Benedict) by Jack McDevitt
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I enjoy Jack McDevitt as an author. Echo is a solid, fun space opera romp which deserves more than off-hand one-star reviews from people who haven't read the book. So I'm giving it five to balance the karma.