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Old 02-03-2013, 09:17 AM   #15526
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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...
They are a very inferior copy of Heinlein's classic juvenile novel "Space Cadet". The original is better in every way, I think.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:31 AM   #15527
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http://www.amazon.com/The-Tom-Swift-...d_sim_kstore_2
I bought the entire series as p-books at a library sale about 30 years ago. Each book in perfect condition! I gave them to my son when he was 12, and he has them today, carefully wrapped, waiting for his yet-to-be-born son (expected this Spring) to pass along the great stories. I wonder if, when his son is 12, he will think an 'electric runabout' is usual?


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Old 02-03-2013, 09:37 AM   #15528
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I'm thinking of getting an electric runabout myself....they are almost becoming affordable/useful!
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:20 AM   #15529
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I'm thinking of getting an electric runabout myself....they are almost becoming affordable/useful!
....ah, yes, that would go back to Victor Appleton (the first).

I was able to pick up a few of the old, turn-of-the-[last!]-century Tom Swift titles and was amused by some of the titles.

Anyway [he ejaculated], I'm outta here!



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Old 02-03-2013, 10:34 AM   #15530
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....ah, yes, that would go back to Victor Appleton (the first).

I was able to pick up a few of the old, turn-of-the-[last!]-century Tom Swift titles and was amused by some of the titles.

Anyway [he ejaculated], I'm outta here!



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I collect turn of the 20th century children's books, and have a complete set of the original "Tom Swift" books. They are among my favourites, although naturally they do reflect the cultural norms of the time, which can come across as offensive today. Eg, one of the regular characters in the books is a black man who speaks like a caricature, calling Tom "Massa Tom", and so on.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:36 AM   #15531
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I started. "Murder at the vicarage" by Agatha Christie today. I love het books!
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:40 AM   #15532
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....ah, yes, that would go back to Victor Appleton (the first).

I was able to pick up a few of the old, turn-of-the-[last!]-century Tom Swift titles and was amused by some of the titles.

Anyway [he ejaculated], I'm outta here!



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Yes, the first.. An author friend of mine wrote one or more of the more recent releases in that on-going series.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:13 PM   #15533
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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!
Sure will! I started to read in the bookstore and I read enough to get excited about it.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:00 PM   #15534
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Have you ever read a book where you keep reading and reading and reading but you feel like you're not getting anywhere?? That's what reading The First Confessor is like! I mean, it's not bad, it just feels like it's never going to end! It's LONG. LOL
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:23 PM   #15535
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My favorite books when I was a kid were the Mushroom Planet books. I wish they were out on e-book. I'd love for my kids to read them.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:37 PM   #15536
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Have you ever read a book where you keep reading and reading and reading but you feel like you're not getting anywhere?? That's what reading The First Confessor is like! I mean, it's not bad, it just feels like it's never going to end! It's LONG. LOL
Yep, I've read a few stories like that just today...when they become that way I start skipping ahead and if they continue then I'm done...

Some writers just don't know how to tell a story. (or they are intentionally stretching/padding what should be a much shorter, better story)
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:21 PM   #15537
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My favorite books when I was a kid were the Mushroom Planet books. I wish they were out on e-book. I'd love for my kids to read them.
When I was either in kindergarten or before I had gotten old enough for kindergarten (so I wasn't yet reading books) we got our first TV, a 7 inch model with a wooden cabinet that was darn near the size of a dishwasher. My favorite TV show was Tom Corbet, Space Cadet. I know now that Heinlein hated it so much that he had his credit removed from the show. But that sure wouldn't have bothered me then if I'd known. I believe that the books were a spinoff of the TV show.

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Now onto a collection of short stories, Limits by Larry Niven, which was the November 2012 freebie at http://www.phoenixpick.com/
Which was excellent. Highly recommend to anyone who likes SF short stories.

Next: Tiger by the Tail by John Ringo.

I've found this completely over the top series enjoyable. I look forward to whatever fantasy he's concocted now for "The Kildar".

If you've not come across this series before, I recommend the review here: Oh, John Ringo, No!
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:29 PM   #15539
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Tiger by the Tail was a good read. They are over the top but, sometimes I just like to read over the top books.
It is definitely one of those books you wish the next one was out so you would not have to wait.
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Tiger by the Tail was a good read. They are over the top but, sometimes I just like to read over the top books.
It is definitely one of those books you wish the next one was out so you would not have to wait.
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