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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Dead of Night: Randy Wayne White

I read this book while flying to CA. It made for a good read, but I thought it might take me longer. Now I have to figure out what I will read on the way back. I could grade papers or buy another book. I'll look through the posts and see what I can find.

I guess this is a sort of eco-thriller set in Florida. It includes a plot to introduce harmful exotics into the states. Florida is portrayed as a breeding ground for potential exotics that would find a great home to thrive in. The protagonist of the story tries to solve the case with the help of his family and friends. I think he has one two many lives, and I was really thrown by the ending. I don't think it was really plausible but tell me if you think I am wrong.


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Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley

Another 40's LA detective story starring Easy Rawlins. Easy needs some cash to send his daughter to see a specialist who may be able to save her. He is just about to take a "job" with mouse, but fortunately a case comes his way. He has an opportunity to earn the money in a more legitimate manner. Unfortunately the case turns ugly and dangerous. It is fortuante that most of his family is out of town because they too could be in danger with the way things are going. Sex, Violence, Racial issues, Hippies.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Semi-live Book Discussion: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow

We are discussing this book from the morning of Monday, Oct. 23 through the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 24. Please post your thoughts on the book in the comments section. Check back and post responses frequently over these two days.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

The Poet: Michael Connelly

Fast read, scary premise, only cost me a buck.

If you like "on the track of a serial killer, who may actually be hunting YOU" stories, let me know and I'll send it to you.


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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Winkie: Clifford Chase

Amanda summed it up quite well, or as best anyone could have, in her previous review. And if you don't trust our recommendation of the book, Stephen Merritt, the genius behind the Magnetic Fields band, was oddly enough a blurb on the book. Satire and serious, this book made me simultaneously ponder Guantanamo Bay while missing my security blanket (name aptly and not racially "Whitey") and beanbag frog, "Froggie."

Oh Winkie. I'm sorry.

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Under the Banner of Heaven: Jon Krakauer

Brilliant, I thought. Two stories, one of a recent murder of an outspoke (mainstream) Mormon woman and her baby daughter, as well as the history of Mormonism and Fundamental Mormonism. Fascinating, bizarre to me, and scary in the end, it got me thinking about religion in general and talking and thinking and doubting whether religious and non-religious people (and ever shade in between) can ever really co-exist. I highly recommend.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A place so foreign and eight more stories: Cory Doctorow


I enjoyed about half of these stories. I recommend

  1. Craphound: it is about an alien who roams around looking for good junk at yard sales, what is not to love.

  2. 0wnz0red: definitely worth the price of admission. You are not in control (of yourself), or are you?

  3. Return to Pleasure Island: Interesting, but I found it a bit slow. I do like books that talk about the private lives of amusement park castmembers.

  4. A place so foreign: Showed some promise. The background is that different time periods have ambassadors to other time periods. I liked the future of 1975. I felt that the end was a letdown though

  5. Shadow of the Mothaship: just didn't grab my attention. There were 2 other stories in the same "world" and I only liked one of them because of a strange character who thought he was the reincarnation of Nicola Tesla. (Home Again, Home Again)

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Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town: Cory Doctorow



I enjoyed this book, although it does require a great leap of faith. I won't give the premise because it should be a shock to you like it was for me. I was well into like the second chapter when I read a sentence, and assumed the author was just taking some creative license with images he was trying to convey. I soon found out that he actually meant what he was saying. Never quite got what he was trying to actually say, but it was interesting. If nothing else you get a look into the subculture of people who are actually willing to put themselves on the line and do things.

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