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Postby roda havet » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:53 am

4. Sub-Human (Post Human Series book 2) By David Simpson
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Postby pls » Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:48 pm

1. DANCE OF THE DWARFS - Geoffrey Household - ***** - (week ending March 25, 2017)
2. PYLON - William Faulkner - ***** - (week ending April 30, 2017)

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Postby maplington » Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:04 pm

On Writing - Stephen King - ***** - An invaluable read for any aspiring writer and one that is sure to be entertaining even for those who are not.

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Postby DrG2 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:53 pm

17. What Might Have Been, edited by Benford and Greenberg. **** Twelve stories involving alternate history stories related to war. It starts with a very nice story by Nancy Kress involving time travelers who have kidnapped Anne Boleyn because it will stop a war, and ends with a story by Mike Resnick about Teddy Roosevelt forcing Woodrow Wilson to let him go to war in WW I. In between, it’s a mixed bag; some are just excuses to have a battle scene or are clearly just a vehicle for hypotheses. The best involve real consequences for the characters One story is by Winston Churchill, hypothesizing if the South won the Civil war.

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Postby cjr1977 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:06 pm

Books 16-18 I'm a little behind on my postings

Book 16: Frey by Melissa Wright
Book 17: Pieces of Eight by Melissa Wright
Book 18: Rise of the Seven by Melissa Wright

Overall good reads and waiting for book four to come out. It's available for preorder through some ebook platforms but not kindle yet so I'll have to wait. There were some bits of information I thought the author could have expanded on. One of those where things are mentioned but never expanded upon and for the most part seemed like it would have added to the plot quite nicely if it was more than a passing mention.

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Postby DrG2 » Thu May 04, 2017 7:18 pm

18. Rose Madder, by Steven King. ****. A woman runs away from her abusive husband and starts a new life 800 miles away; but he's a cop who has a knack for finding people. I thought the story was good enough without the paranormal bits (portal fantasy, husband becomes a monster).

19. Creating Characters, by several Writer's Digest Writers. **** I liked this, particularly the first 2/3 of the book. It is a collection of essays published in the magazine or as chapters in Writer's digest books. Some of them are the usual culprits: Card, Kress, Bell, etc.

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Postby DrG2 » Fri May 12, 2017 10:32 pm

20. Fleet at Full Tide, by James Hornfischer. **** I know the author. It's the history of about the last year of the war in the Pacific in WWII.

21. The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells. ***** Maybe I need to read more classics. I had seen movie versions, but had never read it.

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Postby DrG2 » Mon May 15, 2017 4:26 pm

22. From Where Dreams Come, by Robert Olen Butler. ***** A writing book from a Pulitzer-prize winner. Definitely different from any writing book I've read, I definitely advocate it, but not as the first (or second or third) writing book you read. I think you need to have a bit of perspective before you read this.

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Postby DrG2 » Fri May 19, 2017 7:34 pm

23. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain. Billy is making a tour of several US cities after he became famous when his squad in Iraq was videoed by FoxNews during a firefight that earned a boatload of medals for the survivors.
Basically, it's set in Dallas for a Thanksgiving day Cowboy game. The guys deal with people that want pieces of them, including justifying their own views of the war ('Merica!).

There are good or funny bits here, but I hated much of it. "Inauthentic" is my one-word review. The voice, the characters, and the plot all seemed inauthentic.

I had seen ads for the movie, and thought it was a gung-ho America First kind of thing, but it's the opposite of that.

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Postby DrG2 » Wed May 24, 2017 6:43 pm

24. A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick. In a near-future (relative to time of writing, 1977), a character is both an undercover cop and a drug dealer/user because his mind has split. Dick writes well, but I skipped 1/4 of this book because the story didn't do anything for me. seemed to be an anti-drug diatribe.

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