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review 2017-12-06 15:03
On How to Spin a Top-Notch Yarn of Bullshit: "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" by Robert A. Heinlein
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein

The usual pretty crude pneumatic sex-fantasies cropped up... But women actually have a pretty dominant role in Heinlein's lunar society... It's a penal colony, and Heinlein reckons that means there are going to be far fewer women then men there - so he's come up with a system called 'line-marriage'... wherein a few women in a household share numerous husbands... And the head of the household is a woman... and women call the shots... Meanwhile, outside the home, women are treated with far more respect than they are on earth because they are so rare and precious... Obviously, he's not going to get any badges from feminists, but he does at least ask a few interesting questions about the way women were viewed in his own world...The characters explicitly reject using patriotism as a method to revolution.  

 

I think that Prof De La Paz's 'rational anarchism' is also expressed by Jubal Harshaw in 'Stranger', though not in as straightforward a manner. Both seem to say that it's not that hard to figure out what ideal behavior should be but expecting actual live humans to live up that is impossible. After accepting that point, they both want to move on. Yep, humans are hypocritical and sometimes hard to live with. What of it? The other big point of this is that only the direst situation (near term cannibalism here) justifies butting into other people's business. Sadly, this attitude is pretty rare today. The characters explicitly reject using patriotism as a method to revolution. 

 

 

If you're into SF, read on.

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review 2017-04-07 13:00
Nope, nope, nope
X-Force (1991-2002) #1 - Fabian Nicieza,Rob Liefeld,Rob Liefeld

There's very little setting in this: I'm not sure when this happened in relation to the general Marvel world, and this gives me very little to go on.   Truthfully, being so insular wouldn't be so bad, but this gets convoluted, and bored the hell out of me.   Add to that fact that I didn't feel the art was spectacular enough to really grab me, and I'm not looking to read more of this series. 

 

Freebie.  Either free on Comixology or via the digital codes, and I won't be reading more of this series. 

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review 2016-11-11 12:55
Nope.
Foolkiller (1990-1991) #1 - Steve Gerber,Joe Brozowski

All set up. 

 

All boring.   

 

No, thank you!

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review 2016-02-11 14:01
By Nancy Thayer - Everlasting (1991-03-1... By Nancy Thayer - Everlasting (1991-03-16) [Hardcover] - Nancy Thayer

Everlasting  by Nancy Thayer
Have enjoyed the author's other books.
Katherine Elliott, it's Christmas and she wants to leave. She's had enough of the girls boarding school and wants to venture out.
She comes to New York and finds a job working at a flower shop.  She travels to Paris and has a fling but returns back to her job in NY, not hearing from kit.
Her father drops a bomb on her and she strives to help them all out financially.
Story also follows her parents and her siblings along with her own career. So many struggles and heart ache, betrayal as each wants something more from her.
Loved hearing about all the flower arranging...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
 

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review 2015-03-09 14:07
Free at Last! Diaries 1991-2001 by Tony Benn
Free at Last! Diaries 1991-2001 - Tony Benn
bookshelves: spring-2015, fraudio, epistolatory-diary-blog, published-2002
Read from August 12, 2014 to March 07, 2015

 

Description: The late politician Tony Benn was famous as a diarist, and although far to the left of his party, was totally committed to Parliamentary democracy. A wonderful observer of people and events, these 5 extracts from his diaries, read by Benn himself, cover his final years as an MP.

Regardless of your political views, these make for fascinating listening, with Benn's wonderful use of words, suggesting that he could have been a great writer rather than an indifferent politician.




The nearest encounter with TWB was in Durham 2002, whilst waiting for the bands and tapestry carriers to pass so I could get over to the book-crammed charity shop on the other side of the road. He sat back in one of those slow-driven big-windowed black cars doing wrist rotations towards the crowds, then delivered me a hammy, huge slow wink.

I didn't like his politics but he does seem to have been a great grandfather and loving husband.
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