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Old February 22 2014, 10:04 PM   #3316
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The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.

Spell check knows "Jinni", but not "Golem"?
I really liked that book.

And spellcheckers can be weird. One was giving me trouble with "realtor" earlier today.
My auto-correct never let's me write "Hell" at the beginning of a sentence without constantly changing it to "He'll" instead, yet whenever I type the more obscure word "TiVo" it never fails to capitalize the letters in the more commercially-approved fashion.
WordPerfect used to try to change "Cardassian" to "courtesan," which somewhat changed the meaning!
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Old February 22 2014, 10:20 PM   #3317
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I really think spell checks tend to do just as much harm as good at times.
I finished reading The Dark Crysta: Creation Myths vol. 2 last night.
My review:
A great followup to the first volume. I enjoyed getting to see the events that lead to the separation of the Urskeks into the Uru and Skeksis. The dialogue was very well written, and the art is gorgeous.
My rating: 5/5.
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Old February 22 2014, 10:49 PM   #3318
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Finished Vanguard: Reap the Whirlwind.....

General Order 24..... What. The. Hell? That was unexpected. The series continues to be wonderfully ambitious. It's one of the few times when a story has taken advantage of the medium, sure you could do Vanguard as a TV series but you'd need one hell of a budget to do it!

So onto Book 4, Open Secrets - and have just ordered Precipice!
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Old February 23 2014, 06:37 PM   #3319
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I'm read ing a science fictionstory anthology 2041 edited by Jane Yolen .There's some really interesting stories in this book by various authors.
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Old February 23 2014, 07:34 PM   #3320
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Finished up Typhon Pact: Paths of Disharmony today. Pretty good all around. Probably the strongest of the four main Typhon Pact novels. I do think some of the computer hijinks seem pretty amateur hour, if it were this easy to take over a ship, it seems like it should have possible to send the ship on a Warp 9 journey out of the system. (I don't think any actual engineering officer solves an engineering related problem the whole book!) I do wish the Andorian issue had been a stronger undercurrent of the four books, climaxing here. As it is, it feels like things go pretty far south in just a few days over the course of one book. Still, this was probably the book that understood its characters the best and the extended Enterprise sequence for the first 100 pages was a nice change of pace from the "Right into the plot" nature of the other three TP novels. Choudhury really stood out to me this time, a really great character. T'Ryssa Chen wasn't even annoying on this outing and I was quite taken with her scenes and interplay with Taurik. I do wish the Enterprise's security detail were less human, though.

Now onto Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within.
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Old February 23 2014, 08:58 PM   #3321
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I'm working on the last of the Double Helix novels. I will be happy to finish this series. The first two novels weren't that bad but the story quickly lost it's way with the Carey and David offerings. I'm at the point where I just don't care about the virus anymore.

I was finally able to finish the Bloodwing saga from Diane Duane. The Empty Chair was good in sections but you need to be prepared for overly wordy segments of battle planning and reflections on the loneliness of command by both Kirk and Ael. I'm not sure this one really needed 420 pages to tell the story it did.
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Old February 24 2014, 03:27 AM   #3322
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Finished out Typhon Pact: Struggle Within pretty quickly. The Talarian stuff was interesting, but felt too constrained by the short space. I couldn't really engage with the Kinshaya stuff, too many characters in too short a time. Really, this should have been a full novel so that these stories could breathe a bit. It's a shame they didn't stick with the original idea of doing one focus novel on each of the Typhon Pact members.

Anyway, I think I'm going to take a brief respite from Trek Lit and plunge into Galveston by Nick Pizzolatto and probably also The King in Yellow by R.W. Chambers.
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Old February 24 2014, 09:31 AM   #3323
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It took a while (and a major accomplishment for my slow reading abilities) but I finished "Great Expectations" by Dickens; then, I also completed "The Long Night" by Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch (1990, ST-DS9 #14). It was hard finding the book for my e-reader among the porn. Well not that hard. Star Trek does kind of stand out. Still, getting the omnibus SCE books is sometimes time consuming. Maybe I shall start the SCE series soon. Or more modern books. Hmm...

I was looking at the lists of Star Trek novels ... wish lists, and, I happened to see in "Objective: Bajor" by John Peel (1996) which I might start reading, that, in the list, there is the item "Demora" for ST-TOS #76 and it looked odd, so, I went to my copy of "Gateways: Doors into Chaos" by Robert Greenberger (2001) and looked at the list for ST-TOS and find that it has "The Captain's Daughter" for ST-TOS #76. Are there different books with the variant titles?

I also noticed that my KOBO e-book for "The Long Night" gives the copyright as 1990. This must be a mistake as books around that time are dated 1994 to 1997 or thereabouts. How can this be, I wonder?

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Old February 24 2014, 11:49 AM   #3324
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I was just trying to read the mind of the girl that was just over at my place. Since I'm posting here that was obviously a failure.

Back to "Warped" I guess. Almost done, still really like it.
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Old February 24 2014, 12:17 PM   #3325
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I finished yesterday Indistiguishable from Magic, swallowing the last 200 pages within a day!

I hoped to start Absent Enemies today, but £3.99 here vs. US$1.99 on the other side of the pond (where I can't buy) changed my plans to Cold Equations: Book 1.
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Old February 24 2014, 12:31 PM   #3326
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I finished Cress (Book 3 in the Lunar Chronicles) and have started Mrs. Queen Takes The Train by William Kuhn.
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Old February 24 2014, 07:54 PM   #3327
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in the list, there is the item "Demora" for ST-TOS #76 and it looked odd, so, I went to my copy of "Gateways: Doors into Chaos" by Robert Greenberger (2001) and looked at the list for ST-TOS and find that it has "The Captain's Daughter" for ST-TOS #76. Are there different books with the variant titles?
It's the same book. Demora was Peter David's original title for the book, and I believe it was initially solicited with that title. It was changed late in the game to The Captain's Daughter.
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Old February 25 2014, 12:31 PM   #3328
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Thanks. That may very well be my next purchase. Currently reading "Walden Two" by B. F. Skinner (with preface from 1976). Interested in the rosy future sites and the thorny future websites. "Daybreak Magazine" (rosy not like the novel with same title) and "Dark Mountain" (thorny but perhaps still part of the rose). Of course, I discovered "Endgame (Volumes I and II)" by Jensen after taking my name for this site and read "Agenda 21" materials long ago. Who would have ever thought that research into the future would be so uncertain? I wonder what Lucksly and Dulmur would say. Perhaps uncertainty increases just like entropy. Do the two covary maybe inversely? More entropy, less uncertainty? Maybe not.
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Old February 25 2014, 01:40 PM   #3329
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Third Book of the Vanguard Series is now done and dusted and I think Reap the Whirlwind is my favourite book of the series by far.

Anyone interested can find my review here.
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Old February 25 2014, 02:09 PM   #3330
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Just started "The Shocks of Adversity."
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