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Stirling’s Change
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The Change series by S. M. Stirling is a great example of a series that holds your interest through compelling characters and situations. The series is based on the premise that a disaster strikes the Earth in the form of … Continue reading

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The (Extremely Long) Song of Ice and Fire
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In 1996, I bought and read A Game of Thrones, the first book of the saga by George R. R. Martin, The Song of Ice and Fire. It was interesting and had some new ideas and different characters. The center … Continue reading

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Two Fun Fantasies
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Diana Wynne Jones wrote the delightful Howl’s Moving Castle in 1986. In 2008, she published the equally charming sequel, House of Many Ways. I picked up the second book first, but on learning that it had a predecessor, I decided … Continue reading

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Unfinished Books (first in a series)
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I used to finish every book once I started it whether I liked it or not. Then, I realized what a waste of time that was when there were so many other books out there waiting to be read. Now … Continue reading

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Norby–The Mixed-up Robot
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Janet Asimov (with assistance from her husband, Isaac) wrote a set of delightful novellas about a silly (but loveable and useful) robot named Norby and his human friend and companion, Jeff, a cadet in The Space Academy. They’re perfect for … Continue reading

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A Surprise Mystery
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I picked up Dark Jenny by Alex Bledsoe on a whim. I usually don’t like “private eye” stories much, but this one turned out to be different. Bledsoe used the Arthurian story of Queen Guinevere and the apple. In the … Continue reading

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A Different Approach to Mordred
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In The Book of Mordred, the author, Vivian Vande Velde, gives us a different view of Mordred, Arthur’s son/nephew, who, according to the traditional sources, usurped and destroyed Arthur’s kingdom. In this version, Mordred is a sullen, yet honest, young … Continue reading

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When H.A.R.L.I.E. Was One (Release 2.0) vs. the Original
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I recently picked up David Gerrold’s When H.A.R.L.I.E. Was One, (Release 2.0) because the promotional blurb on the cover said it was “a totally new version of the groundbreaking novel.” I had read the original When Harlie Was One back … Continue reading

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Terry Pratchett–Humor with Meaning
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Terry Pratchett is one of the best writers of fantasy. Every book is a new adventure and a new metaphor for our own lives. Mr. Pratchett looks at fantasy creatures in an new light and there is always a new … Continue reading

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Gene Wolfe–Home Fires
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I was really disappointed in Gene Wolfe’s latest book, Home Fires. Often his science fiction is really terrific–thought provoking and unusual. This time, however, what he wrote is really just an adventure story about a hijacked cruise ship that could … Continue reading

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