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Old 02-01-2013, 09:51 AM   #15511
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Finished reading Cryptonomicon and enjoyed it although the story felt a bit weak. Loved the characters and writing style. Not quite sure what to tackle next.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:41 AM   #15512
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On now to "Dead Water", the 23rd book in Ngaio Marsh's "Inspector Alleyn" series.
Originally published in 1963. Alleyn investigates the death of a woman on a small island at a spring with reputed healing powers. Very enjoyable - the best in the series for quite a few books, to my mind. As with all of Ngaio Marsh's books, it's the characters rather than the crime which make the book worth reading. Recommended.

On now to "How Firm a Foundation", the 5th book in David Weber's "Safehold" series.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:28 AM   #15513
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Straight onto Asimov's SF, March 2013 by Dell Magazines
A little bit better than February's issue, but again, nothing outstanding.

Now onto a collection of short stories, Limits by Larry Niven, which was the November 2012 freebie at http://www.phoenixpick.com/

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Old 02-02-2013, 12:01 PM   #15514
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I finished Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which I wasn't that into, and I'm going to move onto Third Shift. Yay for another Silo book!
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:22 PM   #15515
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I finished Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which I wasn't that into, and I'm going to move onto Third Shift. Yay for another Silo book!
Still waiting for Third Shift to be released as a standalone here in the UK .

Just finishing Suspect by Robert Crais, and about to move on to A Town Like Alice.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:47 PM   #15516
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Leviathan Wakes proved to be a really good read! I became really invested in the characters and the ending was a real surprise and not at all what I expected. I'm gonna' invest in the sequel, Caliban's War. Oh, and I loved the ship the protagonists flew.
Also I read a Nancy Drew mystery, The Bungalow Mystery, between chapters (revisiting my youth) and will probably continue doing that with another one while I'm reading Kim Harrisons new release, Ever After, the 11th in The Hollows series.

I finished Ever After yesterday and am now in the middle of The Secret of the Old Clock, the first of the Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene. I'll start on Third Shift - Pact by Hugh Howey when I finish and then on to another Nancy Drew mystery (revisiting your youth is fun).


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Old 02-02-2013, 02:56 PM   #15517
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Currently reading Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. So far it's wonderful. A reminder that the English language can be beautifully written.
What a treat that was! Beautifully brilliant. Many of his passages were especially moving. Steinbeck can say so much in few words. There were moments of sadness, drama, humor and mystery. However, I enjoyed Of Mice and Men better but I'd still rate rate Cannery Row an A [5 stars].

Unsure of my next read but will probably be a sci-fi from the library.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:06 PM   #15518
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What a treat that was! Beautifully brilliant. Many of his passages were especially moving. Steinbeck can say so much in few words. There were moments of sadness, drama, humor and mystery. However, I enjoyed Of Mice and Men better but I'd still rate rate Cannery Row an A [5 stars].

Unsure of my next read but will probably be a sci-fi from the library.
Thanks for that!
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:38 AM   #15519
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What a treat that was! Beautifully brilliant. Many of his passages were especially moving. Steinbeck can say so much in few words. There were moments of sadness, drama, humor and mystery. However, I enjoyed Of Mice and Men better but I'd still rate rate Cannery Row an A [5 stars].

Unsure of my next read but will probably be a sci-fi from the library.
I just took in a bag of paperbacks to the used book store and planned to pick up pback copies of Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat, plus Tyrannosaur Canyon by Douglas Preston. The only one they had was the Preston book.

Of Mice and Men and The Red Pony are among my favorites by Steinbeck.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:01 AM   #15520
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Waiting anxiously to receive "Sutton" by J.R.Moehringer in the mail. This time not an ebook but a signed-by-author hardcover. There are some books you just want to have, to keep, to look at it and to touch!
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:38 AM   #15521
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I've been powering through the Mack Bolan, Deathlands and Rogue Angel books that have been piling up on my shelf.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:38 AM   #15522
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Waiting anxiously to receive "Sutton" by J.R.Moehringer in the mail. This time not an ebook but a signed-by-author hardcover. There are some books you just want to have, to keep, to look at it and to touch!
I got my dad that for Christmas, I haven't heard back from him what he thought yet (he may not have even started it yet). Please report back on what you thought!
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:21 AM   #15523
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The Robot Rocket by Carey Rockwell {pseud} published in 1956 was the last of the Tom Corbett Space Cadet stories. The first seven are all available in a Megapack volume and these are well-formatted and enjoyably nostalgic to read.

The final volume is still under copyright restrictions but is easily available as a cheap paperback. So if you are a completest it is worth getting.

As to the quality of the story telling, it is really just average. Much of the brio and excitement of the earlier books is less apparent. The team is broken up as Roger is sent off to Mars. His replacement, "Thistle", is really very little different from Roger, so the change seems pointless. A fourth new member is added to create some bonding issues but little else. Ideas in the earlier books are rehashed and one gets the feeling that the series is just running out of steam. I got the book because I am a completest and it is satisfying to have the entire set, but otherwise one could do without it.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:06 AM   #15524
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Carey Rockwell - Also try our Library for some free titles in this series.

Here's the one from Amazon with the most reviews, the one I also own:

http://www.amazon.com/Corbett-Space-...tt+space+cadet

There are many to choose from, however.


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Old 02-03-2013, 08:16 AM   #15525
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I loved Tom Corbet space cadet when I was a kid!

I'd be kind of afraid of re-reading them for fear of destroying the memory...

and....just saw this, in looking at that:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Tom-Swift-...d_sim_kstore_2

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