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View Poll Results: Rate The Rings of Time.
Outstanding 27 33.33%
Above Average 36 44.44%
Average 11 13.58%
Below Average 7 8.64%
Poor 0 0%
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Old February 11 2012, 01:15 AM   #61
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About 3/4 of the way in -- I'm really enjoying it!
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Old February 11 2012, 04:42 AM   #62
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Just finished it. Really enjoyed it. I love these time-bending stories, and I enjoyed the twists even though I figured out two of them ahead of time. What I didn't expect was...



Random side note: the book I started reading after this was Aaron Allston's last entry in the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi series, Conviction. I was mildly amused to learn both Cox and Allston had the same agent (uness there's two guys named Russ Galen who are agents for writers).
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Old February 11 2012, 06:23 PM   #63
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Random side note: the book I started reading after this was Aaron Allston's last entry in the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi series, Conviction. I was mildly amused to learn both Cox and Allston had the same agent (uness there's two guys named Russ Galen who are agents for writers).
As far as I know, there's only one Russ!
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Old February 11 2012, 08:53 PM   #64
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Just got to Kirk being arrested and in the airlock.
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Old February 11 2012, 09:09 PM   #65
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I voted Above Average.

A pretty decent book, though to be honest I found myself enjoying the 2020 storyline more than the 2070 one. I'm not saying there was anything wrong with the 2070 story, it's decent enough. I just found the 2020 one better.

It's probably because the 2020 one is essentially creating a new world (Earth a decade from now) so it was fun exploring this setting and learning about a world which is so similar but noticeable different to the one we live in.

My only real complaint was that the revelation about a connection between two particular characters was far too obvious as soon as both were introduced.

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That was the impression I got as well.
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Old February 12 2012, 10:18 PM   #66
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My impreesion is the same as the spoiler and The Wormhole. I figured out before the end that it was necessary to switch minds to resolve both missions successfully. I am uncertain how much that detracts from the rating of the story. Another full reading may help.
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Old February 14 2012, 02:30 PM   #67
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My only real complaint was that the revelation about a connection between two particular characters was far too obvious as soon as both were introduced.
I guessed at the connection early, because I couldn't help but see



That, unfortunately, drew me out of that facet a bit more than I would have liked.
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Old February 14 2012, 02:45 PM   #68
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^^That I didn't catch onto. Just that the two characters shared the same initials and therefore assumed they had to be related.
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Old February 14 2012, 04:12 PM   #69
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I finished reading it yesterday and loved it, I actually learned something about Saturn, since I didn't know there were a strange storm on its surface. The fact that we can see actual photographs of the phenomenon makes the story strangely real.
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Old February 14 2012, 04:19 PM   #70
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That's the implication, but
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Old February 14 2012, 05:15 PM   #71
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That's the implication, but
Bingo.
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Old February 14 2012, 05:57 PM   #72
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I am reading this one as we speak, concluding it actually as the only thing left to do is get Kirk and Christopher back to thier bodies. So I'mma finish this up then post some more thoughts, but it was nice easy read, and it was fun! Only nitpick Lady Gaga will be considered classical music. Um how could a type of pop music ever be considered classical. Classical music was orichistral music written from the mid 1700s unitl 1900. (Well the classical period anyway there are other periods as well...that go back much earlier...Renaissance 1400 to about 1600 then Baroque ..) There is a distinct style of this music, which in itself differs from orichistral music, which often can be heard in soundtracks to many films. The common misconception with orchistral music is that it is all classical music which it is not. But to hear someone refer to the dribble of Lady Gage as classical music stikes me as total absurdity. Why would this character think this? I am at a total loss. Besides this is supposedly 8 years in the future. Let me think roughly 10 years ago who were pop aritist who are no longer relevant? Christina Agulera, Britney Spears, the Spice Girls. I'm not certain that this Lady Gaga would even be remembered in 10 years from a mainstream media p o v. (roughly).

So not only would it be like saying that in tfuture the Rolling Stones will be refered to as Rap. Or in the future Pearl Jam will be considered Jazz, or the rap guys Run DMC would be considered HEavy Metal, of Led Zepplin would be Dubstep.... its just wrong. Inaccurate.

Other than that i really enjoy the tale~ and can't wait only 8 years unitl the impulse engines are done! Horray I thought that Obama would destroy NASA for good! But it seems the program will surivie after all~ yay!
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Old February 14 2012, 06:14 PM   #73
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^ In my defense, it should probably be noted that that was just a throwaway wisecrack on Shaun Christopher's part and wasn't to be taken too literally. It's not like we actually saw a 23rd-century orchestra performing the classical works of Lady Gaga!

But will Gaga still be popular a mere eight years from now? That struck me as plausible, but I guess we'll have to wait and see . . . .
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Old February 14 2012, 06:18 PM   #74
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In one of her novels (probably The Wounded Sky or My Enemy, My Ally), Diane Duane has Mr. Athende refer to Devo as classical music. Sure, "classical" is used today to refer to a specific period, but words can change meaning over the centuries. Especially if vernacular usage differs from formal, technical usage, as it does with "classical" today.
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Old February 14 2012, 06:40 PM   #75
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In one of her novels (probably The Wounded Sky or My Enemy, My Ally), Diane Duane has Mr. Athende refer to Devo as classical music. Sure, "classical" is used today to refer to a specific period, but words can change meaning over the centuries. Especially if vernacular usage differs from formal, technical usage, as it does with "classical" today.
Or I'll just concede that neither Shaun nor I were being terribly precise in our musical terminology!

(Hey, he's an astronaut, not a music critic.)
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