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Old 03-09-2013, 02:25 PM   #15856
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Just finished The Panther by Nelson Demille. It was good although not near as compelling as his earlier books. He has replaced his talent for setting very suspenseful scenes with John Corey's bland and annoying sarcasm. The book was 500 plus pages long but cut out the boring sarcasm and it would have been a lot faster read.

And he makes a geographic error early on placing Dover Air Force Base in Maryland when it, in fact, is in Delaware. Which is probably why it is called Dover and not Baltimore Air Force Base.

Anyway, good read with a great ending.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:02 PM   #15857
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Just finished The Panther by Nelson Demille. It was good although not near as compelling as his earlier books. He has replaced his talent for setting very suspenseful scenes with John Corey's bland and annoying sarcasm. The book was 500 plus pages long but cut out the boring sarcasm and it would have been a lot faster read.

And he makes a geographic error early on placing Dover Air Force Base in Maryland when it, in fact, is in Delaware. Which is probably why it is called Dover and not Baltimore Air Force Base.

Anyway, good read with a great ending.
I was born at Dover AFB. I always thought I was born in Deleware.
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:02 PM   #15858
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I'm about 10% into Ready Player One and really enjoying it. It's odd how distant and "historical" the 80's seem nowadays.
I've read Ready Player One. I found it very good. I loved all the eighties references.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:41 AM   #15859
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Just finished The Mote in god's eye - not as good as I thought it was going to be, not much of a story.....

Just started The City and the Stars by Arthur C Clarke
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:58 AM   #15860
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I've read Ready Player One. I found it very good. I loved all the eighties references.
I got a BIG kick out of the reference to Dungeons Of Daggorath. I spent many an hour on that game.

Also, I finished the book, and while the author didn't end up where I was expecting, I did enjoy it.

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I really thought Wade might destroy OASIS at the very end in an attempt to save humanity. The world dieing of neglect while everyone is jacked into the far preferable simulated reality is a strong theme in the book.

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Old 03-10-2013, 08:42 AM   #15861
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Starborne by Robert Silverberg. This month's Phoenix Pick freebie.
Hmm... Not so good. I wasn't fond of the literary style of the story-telling, and we had at least three impossible things. A rather weak ending, too.

Next up: The Harriers, Book One: War and Honor. A series created by Gordon R Dickinson, with stories by various authors. Originally published in 1991, I bought it in the March 2013 Baen Monthly bundle.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:48 AM   #15862
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I've just finished "Sporting Chance", the 2nd book in the "Heris Serrano" series by Elizabeth Moon. This follows directly on from the first book, "Hunting Party", and continues my project to read or re-read my old Baen Webscriptions purchases. A rollicking good story. Heris's employer, Lady Cecilia, has been put into a coma by her enemies, and Heris must try to find a cure for her illness, while at the same time trying to carry out a secret mission for the King which makes her and her ship outlaws in the eyes of the world. A complex and enjoyable plot - I'm looking forward to the next instalment, which is "Winning Colours".

Another detective story next, although I've not yet decided which one.

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Old 03-10-2013, 10:10 AM   #15863
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I was born at Dover AFB. I always thought I was born in Deleware.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:16 AM   #15864
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Next up: Paaz by Myrthe van der Meer
This was again a good read. It's about a girl who ends up at the Paaz, a phychiatric hospital. Her struggle with phychiatrists, medication, the other patients and life in general provide for humorous and emotional moments.
Next up: Spying in high heels by Gemma Halliday.
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:58 PM   #15865
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Finished Arms of Nemesis by Steven Saylor. This story takes place 8 years after his first title during Spartacus' slave war. I enjoyed the well-researched Ancient Roman references and details; Marcus Crassus, painting, cuisine, resort villas, galley slaves, funeral customs and general Roman laws. The mystery part was weak but better than his previous book. Word skill and dialogue were improved also. Rate C- [3 stars].

Next will be The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz.

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Old 03-10-2013, 07:33 PM   #15866
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:43 PM   #15867
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Restless In The Grave was really good and I also read the 2nd novel in Tom Corbett Omnibus, Danger in Deep Space by Carey Rockwell which was a quite nostalgic and very enjoyable read.

Now on to the 7th Mercy Thompson novel, Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs. I'm also reading the 13th Nancy Drew Mystery, The Mystery of the Ivory Charm.
Frost Burned was quite good and was a really enjoyable read, as was The Mystery of the Ivory Charm.

Now onto the 3rd selection in the Tom Corbett Omnibus, On the Trail of the Space Pirates by Carey Rockwell and the 2nd of the Steampunk series, Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding, The Black Lung Captain.


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Old 03-11-2013, 07:55 AM   #15868
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I am currently reading a freebie from Amazon and Stackpole Books.
On the Canal:The Marines of L-3-5 on Guadicanal 1942.
It is a first person account and is a good read. Unfortunately it has so many OCR errors that should have been fixed.
An Example, 21 errors on page 48.
fir its = for us
it = a
it = a
japanCSC = japanese
it = a
ofl" = off
blinker = bunker
hint = him
I Ic = He
111) = up
(:anal = Canal
]late = hate
it = a
front = from
it = a
ill = in
Ave = we
fin-sure = for sure
ill = in
its = us
it = a
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:56 AM   #15869
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That's shocking. I'd ask for my money back!
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:42 AM   #15870
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Amazon should PAY YOU to read this, and I would suggest that you charge high rates. You should also make an example of the author and the publisher (whoever else is complicit) in this. Make it a public embarrassment.

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