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Subject:Book review
Time:05:17 pm
Tom Swift and His Airship (Tom Swift Sr, #3)Tom Swift and His Airship by Victor Appleton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I never got to read Tom Swift when I was younger. This was the first of his books that I've read. It's too bad that I didn't get there sooner, really, since I think the young inventor might have been one of my heroes. The writing is simple but charming. On the downside, Appleton's method of writing out almost unintelligible dialect for some characters is distracting and, in some cases, potentially offensive. Race relations were probably intended to be idealized (for the time period in which it was written) but may be offensive to African Americans. A good book, but dated in a lot of ways.



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Subject:Book update
Time:10:25 am




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Subject:Another book review
Time:09:17 pm
The Scarlet Plague (Science Fiction Collection)The Scarlet Plague by Jack London

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Very short. A remarkably insightful book, even if its view of the future is a bit dated now. It's a curious coincidence that the plague hit in 2012, the much hyped ending year of the Mayan calendar. Nothing on par with Earth Abides or The Stand, but still not a bad plague novel.



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Subject:Book review - Burn by James Patrick Kelly
Time:09:09 pm
BurnBurn by James Patrick Kelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Not a bad read... Had some clever ideas regarding the future of human society. An event or two strained credulity.



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Subject:First quiz in a long time.
Time:10:17 am


Prepare to Die



Score: 90% (9 out of 10)

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Subject:New book review: How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It
Time:02:19 pm




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How to Survive the End of the World As We Know ItFoundationPilgrimage to HellArcadian's AsylumStar Wars, Episode IV - A New HopeThe Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

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Subject:Book review: A New Hope
Time:09:02 pm
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Star Wars, Episode IV - A New Hope Star Wars, Episode IV - A New Hope by George Lucas


My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I'll confess to a love for the Star Wars universe. The Empire Strikes Back was the first movie I recall seeing on the big screen. Despite all the things that make me want to say that this novel was great, I have to confess that in my opinion, George Lucas just is not a very good novelist. He told the story better in the film, and there are not many stories that I would say that about.

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Subject:Book review: Tiberium Wars
Time:12:02 pm
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Command & Conquer (tm): Tiberium Wars Command & Conquer (tm): Tiberium Wars by Keith R.A. DeCandido


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A decent realization of the Command & Conquer video game world. Well enough written, but I wasn't really grabbed by it.

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Subject:Finished "The Magician"
Time:02:08 pm




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The MagicianEragonInto the Looking GlassStar Wars: The Force UnleashedRelentlessA Field Manual for the Amateur Geologist: Tools and Activities for Exploring Our Planet

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Subject:Book review - Lost Fleet: Relentless
Time:09:10 am
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Relentless (The Lost Fleet, Book 5) Relentless by Jack Campbell


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Gah! I thought this was the last book in the series, but it turns out there's one more still pending. The series is so engaging that it'll be hard waiting the two months for the next installment.

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