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Nancy
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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 10:19 pm
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Not sure if you read all her books, but she has a new one coming out in September... Exploring the Levels of Creation.

I don't read them, but I saw it in the Coming Soon section for our book club:)

Thanks, Kelly! This is the first book of hers I've read.

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Post Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:36 am
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Eragon, so I can see how badly they screwed up the movie.

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Post Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:10 pm
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Mistral's Kiss by Laurel Hamilton

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Post Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:59 pm
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The Kitchen God's Wife, by Amy Tan. I've been on a Chinese fiction kick lately, having just re-read The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.

Also wound up with a copy of The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy from our Christmas party and looking forward to re-reading that one in the near future.

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:03 am
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Live & Let Die, Fleming. I gotta say, I'm a little disappointed in Mr. Bond. I mean, he can't make love to the beautiful Solitaire because he has a broken...pinky?!? embarrassed
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Post Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 10:13 am
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Well Loose Chanj, in Moonraker, Bond never "touches" the main female character and at the end, before Bond makes his move, she leaves with her lover to get married in France.

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Post Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:50 am
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Still reading The Garden of Rama by Clarke - seem to be reading rather slowly at the moment.
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 2:14 pm
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Reading an invoice; not very enticing, but if I don't do it, I won't be able to post anymore, so there.
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 4:40 pm
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Just treated myself to a new book for birthday, The Broken Kings - Book 3 of the Merlin Codex by Robert Holdstock.

yummy! It's very rare I buy a hardback book new, but this is worth it!
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 5:35 pm
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God's Concubine, Book 2 of the Troy Game, by Sara Douglas

The main characters are reincarnations of the characters in Book 1

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:06 pm
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My non-fiction recreation of the moment is Salt by Richard Kurlansky. It's a world history that starts near the dawn of civilization, and it's about... well... salt! Good stuff.

I have Richard Kurlansky's Cod queued up as my next history fix. I've heard it's about cod, y'know. Thrilling subject.


Also on my bedstand is UML2 for Dummies but I keep wondering, "What bother?" I'm hoping that John Ringo will publish something new and save me from this.

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Post Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:20 am
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I'm reading the fourth Adrain Mole book by Sue Townsend.They're really funny! lol
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Post Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:26 pm
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I just finished The Humanoids by Jack Williamson. It's in the Easton Press Masterpieces of Science Fiction collection, but it's far from a masterpiece.*

The book starts out well enough with a tense drama of a battle against robots that are enslaving mankind. The robots are programmed to serve and obey humans, and to make them happy. They interpreted this by forbidding humans to study any physical science, taking away all their weapons, and using drugs on 90% of the population to revert them to the mental state of toddlers. Of course there are a few humans that the robots can't deal with, so they are trying to murder the malcontents.

It's going well for a while. Against all odds, the protagonist finally succeeds in developing a (technobabble) weapon with which he can destroy the evil robots.

Then, at the critical moment, Williamson has the hero suddenly learn that the robots are good. Somehow, having robots turning all humans into mindless children is a good thing--the greatest happiness for the greatest number. Of course, the protagonist ends up one of the ruling elite who are not enslaved by the robots. And that's where the story ends, with all humans throughout the galaxy being kept as pets by a horde of mindless, benevolent robots.

I'd give it a petunia in a bud vase for the first 95% of the novel and four flaming bags of poo for the sophomoric ending and sick philosophy.



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*This is not atypical of the Easton Press's Masterpieces of Science Fiction. The books seem to be a collection of books that sold well interleaved with absolute crap published by friends of the folks at Easton Press.

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Post Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:18 pm
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I think it's the first 95% that got it into the collection. I think it (and the sequel or two) sold for the concept of robots taking over. Yes, the end sucks. Any clue who the original publisher/editor was? Maybe they were applying the "don't destroy the sandbox" concept so they could put out a sequel?

Now I gotta dig that one out and re-read it.

Hm, will have to think about this book in terms of The Matrix ...

P.S. Humans will never allow themselves to remain in any state of happiness. Gotta eat the apple, ya know!

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 2:13 pm
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The Silmarillion by Tolkien. I tried to read it twice years ago and failed. I finally got my own copy for Christmas so I'm tackling it again. I do enjoy the Lord of the Rings. I also have the History of Middle Earth books to work through after this.
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