The Creepshow by Adria J. Cimino

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Wanda Julienne is a successful investment broker at Whilt Investment Services. Everything is going smoothly until she takes time off for maternity leave. When she returns she learns how hostile to woman her work environment is. Suddenly she finds herself struggling to find balance between her career and her responsibilities to her baby while fending off the sexual harassment of her boss and the sexism at Whilt. Read the rest of this entry »

Europa Journal by Jack Castle

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Europa Journal by Jack Castle is a science fantasy adventure story set in our future. The story centers around “Mac” O’Bryant and her crew as they struggle to survive on an alien world after crashing their intrastellar spacecraft. The first chapter is excellent and did well at hooking me into the story to find out more. How the characters got into this mess. How they’re going to get out of it. The first chapter makes a big promise of an action packed science fiction adventure. However that promise sets the reader up for a feeling of disappointment when the story goes outside their expectations. Read the rest of this entry »

Jackdaws by Ken Follett

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I only occasionally read historical fiction1. However, a new friend spoke well of Ken Follet so I grabbed a sampling of his books from our public library to try. I started with Jackdaws which is set in 1944, primarily in Nazi-occupied France. It turned out to be an excellent read, and the only thing preventing me from reading it in one sitting yesterday was that I had other things I had to get done2.

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Tritcheon Hash by Sue Lange

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Tritcheon Hash isn’t actually my kind of book. I’m certain this is a case where what I think is cool and what the author, Sue Lange, thinks is cool, doesn’t match up. We have different tastes in humor or I don’t actually know the right cultural references to get some of the humor. There is a well-executed and subtle pun I particularly enjoyed. Be careful–it is liable to sneak past you!
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The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years by Chingiz Aitmatov

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I like sampling fiction, particularly science fiction or fantasy, from other cultures than my own. However, I rarely have any idea how to identify or select works that would interest me. So when a Hungarian acquaintance recommended the Russian author, Chingiz Aitmatov, and his book The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years, I wasted no time tracking down a copy I could read. My thanks to the Inter-Library Loan system and Pickler Memorial Library for loan of the book. An enjoyable read but not at all what I expected… Read the rest of this entry »

Questionable Content, Volume 1

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There are many webcomics available on the web and while I’ve tried many of them, there are only four that I’ve liked, and only two of those that I read regularly. Questionable Content (QC) is one of those two. I love reading this comic. I love enough that I was eager to purchase both of the printed collections. Read the rest of this entry »

The Demon’s Apprentice by Ben Reeder

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Many teenagers’ worries involve grades, sweethearts, and their successes or failures in extra-curricular activities. Not so for Chance Fortunato, unless peddling under-the-table black magick counts as an extra-curricular activity. “Apprenticed” (sold to) to a demon at a young age, he’s more worried about incurring his master’s wrath and the state of his soul than whether he’ll “make the team”. Read the rest of this entry »

Harry Harrison’s West of Eden

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Playing “what if” with the fate of the “dinosaurs” is certainly not new, Harry Harrison is in good company with the likes of Verne, Burroughs, Doyle, and many others. Each have done their own spin on “What if the fate of the dinosaurs was different?” Harry Harrison’s answer to the question, West of Eden, is excellent. Read the rest of this entry »

Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass by Vera Nazarian

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I recently received a review copy of the Kindle edition of Vera Nazarian’s The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass. I’m cross-posting this review here, on Library Thing, and Amazon. Read the rest of this entry »

Candle? Torch? Nope…Kindle!

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One of my Christmas gifts this year was an Amazon Kindle. I’ve had my eye on the Kindle ever since they released in 2007, but I couldn’t get past the price ($399!?!). This past year or so, Amazon has reduced the price a couple of times until they released the Kindle 3 in July1. The bottom price-point for the Kindle 3 is $139 which has made it very tempting to me the past six months…when I got some Christmas money this year, I said “this is the time to do it.” I ordered the lowest priced one (has WiFi but no 3G support, that was $50 more). As I write this, I’ve had the Kindle for about a week and I love it already.

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