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Old Jun 5, 2010, 11:01 PM   #691
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Diving into the Wreck (Kristine Kathryn Rusch, 11/2009) - 4/5
read another well crafted space opera from Rusch, and once again found myself wondering why she doesnt script-write for movies instead. i think of her as a slightly less brilliant female version of Frank Herbert. All she needs to do is get really epic, get slightly more (seriously) mystical/religious, and i think she could rival him in a few years.

Dead & Gone (Charlaine Harris, 4/2010) - 1.5/5
I must say - coming back to the book storyline of "True Blood" after a long hiatus, and having watched S1 and S2 in between....... well. All I can say is: I felt like Harris was ad libbing her way thru the storyline, and kind of making it up as she went along. There were several times during reading that I thought very clearly, "Are we going anywhere, or are we going to keep talking about the weather??" And that's not so bad really, until you get to the part(s) where she obviously places serious emphasis on a place, or someone's clothes or temperament - all of these places and persons having featured in the TV series, True Blood. None of this is problematic, except that it felt like she was pointedly trying to either re-imagine her characters, or course-correct the TV versions by nailing them down into a rigid box. It was kind of pouty. And thin on real plot. The entire book plodded along until it gave a little fizz, and burned out at the ending - certainly not the fireworks you might hope for.
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Old Jun 8, 2010, 02:54 PM   #692
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Currently reading: Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man by Daniel Boyarin

Awesomely eye-opening so far. This thing is giving me new and interesting insights on topics as diverse as the gender dynamics in my family and the unfortunate psychological/cultural origins of Zionism.
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Old Jul 30, 2010, 05:26 PM   #693
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I'm looking for a physical collection of Harlan Ellison stories and it's proven more difficult than expected.
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Old Aug 21, 2010, 07:49 AM   #694
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Have you tried Amazon?
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Old Sep 6, 2010, 07:32 AM   #695
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This novel is da bomb. I adore this series.
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Old Sep 6, 2010, 11:22 AM   #696
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I'm about to crack into this:

I don't think it will make for light reading.
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Old Sep 7, 2010, 04:13 PM   #697
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Brought to Light was a bit underwhelming. I think maybe because I'm just a little too young to find any of it shocking.

That aside, the visual tally it keeps - the infamous swimming pool of blood, and how many the CIA has filled, figuratively - is striking at first, but eventually it only serves to diminish the significance of the numbers involved rather than reinforce it. A red swimming pool is a far less immediately powerful image to me than twenty thousand bodies, twenty thousand faces, or twenty thousand names, even and especially when those swimming pools start to multiply.

Worth reading, but the actual events it documents have lost a lot of their punch, and Moore's own stamp on it isn't quite distinct enough to recommend it in itself.
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