Andrea Sefler

Andrea Sefler
Andrea is a consultant and technical writer for various scientific software and instrumentation companies. She has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Berkeley and has never met a genre of music or books that she hasn’t liked. As a gamer since the days of the Apple II, Andrea can relate any number of hair-raising tales about role-playing games stored on 360 kB 5.25” floppy disks and may, someday, put them to paper.

‘And the Mountains Echoed’ the message of service


And the Mountains Echoed helps the reader to understand what a gift it is to be able to aid and positively impact someone’s life. The message it brings home is that if you are offered a door of opportunity to be of service, be sure to walk though.

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‘Venus on the Half Shell’ offers cosmic enlightenment through sex with aliens| review

'Venus on the Half Shell' is fun to read, and very interesting from the perspective of the history of science fiction. But from a feminine perspective much of the sex, and the accompanying quest for erudition, bears more than a passing resemblance to a sci-fi version of Erica Jong’s search for the “ultimate zip-less f**k.”

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Bill Bryson remembers ‘One Summer: America,1927’ | review

Bill Bryson’s latest book, 'One Summer: America, 1927,' describes the major historical events of the summer of said year. But far from being dry history, Bryson’s writing brings it all alive, makes it vivid and captivates the reader without resorting to devices of historical fiction.

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‘R.E.M.’ is a stunning journey into a hypnagogic world


'R.E.M.' is a great example of the wonderful, creative works that can be produced through unorthodox sources of capital like Kickstarter. The sum total of the well-crafted story and stunning artwork of this graphic novel is a reminder of how far comics have evolved as a serious creative genre.

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Something More Than Night | Review


With the combination of a fascinating story, superior wit, and a traditional hard-boiled detective fiction plot swerve at the end, "Something More Than Night" makes for an all-around great read.

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Paula McLain – The Paris Wife | Review


"The Paris Wife" is a meticulously researched account of the life of Ernest Hemingway's wife, Hadley, in Paris prior to the author's rise to fame. For an entertaining story, though, give me the glitzy, “sex-on-a-mink-coat,” jazz-age story of the Fitzgeralds any day over this one.

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Dept. of Monsterology #1-2 | Review


The artwork in "Dept. of Monsterology" is impressive with fabulous drawings by Holden of a wide variety of monsters, and the concept of exploring obscure supernatural myths from a variety of cultures is excellent.

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The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister | Review


The value in "The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister" is that it makes you want to return to the original source and context of the quote whether you’ve already read the books and want to freshen your memory or are approaching them for the first time.

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Is Character Alignment Genetic?


A certain Character Alignment meme I recently ran into got me wondering about a possible genetic predisposition towards certain Character Alignments. Ok, let's collect data: RPG fans, what Character Alignment do you consider yourself to be in real life? And if you have a significant other, how about him/her? What about the kids?

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The Dinner │ Review


'The Dinner' commits the cardinal sin of not having any likeable characters. But if you go in forewarned and willing to absolve Koch of this transgression, the book is worth the steady, hard look it gives a number of unpleasant topics we’d rather not discuss.

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Numbercruncher #1-4 │ Review


'Numbercruncher's storyline itself is what you might call “trippy” but nonetheless enjoyable, with mind-boggling artwork and caustically humorous narration by the pinstripe suited-character Bastard Zane.

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