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Old June 6 2012, 12:22 AM   #173
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Re: What SF/F Book Are you Reading? .. Redux

I also like Brin, but it's not like anyone's mistaking him for Gene Wolfe.

Finished Edgar Pangborn's 1954 classic A Mirror for Observers... what a lovely book, a tad sentimental and old-fashioned but also still timely. It concerns Martians who have been on Earth for 30,000 years and are observing humanity until we mature enough for them to reveal themselves -- though some of them abdicate that role and actively look to help us destroy ourselves as we're a lost cause, centering around a young boy who has the potential to be a powerful force for good or evil. It's written in a first-person style and has beautiful language and some trenchant observations about human nature.

Speaking of Gene Wolfe, I think I'm on to his novel Peace, one I've never read though it's from the 70s.
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