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review 2018-03-28 14:43
An enjoyable collection from start to finish
Roads Not Taken: Tales of Alternate History - L. Sprague de Camp,Mike Resnick,Robert Silverberg,Gardner R. Dozois,Gene Wolfe,Harry Turtledove,Gregory Benford,Bruce McAllister,Stanley Schmidt,Greg Costikyan,Shelly Shapiro,A.A. Attanasio,Michael Flynn

Short-story anthologies can often be a mixed bag consisting of both the good and the bad.    This is one of the reasons why Gardiner Dozios and Stanley Schmidt’s book stands out; taken from the pages of both Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and Analog Science Fiction and Fact, it offers a stronger than average collection of alternate history tales.  The book consists of the following stories:

 

"Must and Shall" by Harry Turtledove – In 1942 New Orleans, a federal agent works to head off an rebellion in a South still occupied by government forces.

"An Outpost of Empire" by Robert Silverberg – A Byzantine noblewoman reconciles herself to the reunification of the two Roman empires.

"We Could Do Worse" by Gregory Benford – Two FBI agents undertake an assignment in an American where McCarthyism rages unchecked.

"Over There" by Mike Resnick – Theodore Roosevelt puts together a new group of Rough Riders to fight in a very different conflict.

"Ink from the New Moon" by A. A. Attanasio – A man’s letter to his wife reveals a very different America.

"Southpaw" by Bruce McAllister – A Cuban pitching for the Yankees wrestles with events back home.

"The West is Red" by Greg Costikyan – A Soviet scientist is present as the United States grapples with the consequences of its defeat in the Cold War.

"The Forest of Time" by Michael F. Flynn – In a very different Pennsylvania, a scout comes across a man traveling from another world.

"Aristotle and the Gun" by L. Sprague de Camp – A scientist learns a valuable lesson when he attempts to set scientific discovery on a proper path from the beginning.

"How I Lost the Second World War and Helped Turn Back the German Invasion" by Gene Wolfe – In 1930s England, an American diplomat inspires a very different conflict between Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill.

 

Though not all of the stories are to everyone’s taste (there are a couple that, having read them, I doubt I will revisit again), the overall quality is quite good, much better than in most anthologies.  With an introduction explaining what alternate history is, this is an excellent book to give someone seeking an introduction to the genre, as well as a good addition to the bookshelf of any fan of the counterfactual tale.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-16 09:18
To Seduce and Defend
To Seduce and Defend - Deborah Camp

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To Seduce and Defend is my first book by Deborah Camp. It’s a Western Historical Romance I picked up on a whim while checking the author’s backlist on Amazon. I had no idea what to expect, but was really surprised how well-written it was. I can truly say that I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would!

Jennie arrived to Guthrie from St. Louis to stake a claim on the land her recently deceased husband Charles had supposedly bought for them. Like other people searching for a piece of land in this small but surely budding town, Charles came in search of a piece of land to settle down. They didn’t have a lot and Jennie had to be the leader in their marriage because Charles wasn’t up to the task. She was tired of living a tedious life with her in laws and wanted better for their only child, Oliver. When Charles returned, things hadn’t been the same with them until his death by illness a few months later. He said he wasn’t able to buy any land and his distant, melancholy demeanor, Jennie thought, was because he thought he’d failed them. After Charles’s death all she could do was to think of getting away from her in laws. When she found the deed to the land Jennie was thoroughly surprised, but she also saw an escape to a place she’s never been to before.

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text 2018-03-14 07:13
7 Tips for Writing an Essay

Is writing an esay impossible task for you? Firstly, you should identify the type of an essay for which you must write content. Essays come in all times ranging from for and agnist essays, cause and effect essays to problems and solutions essays. Each essay type comes with a different style and writing technique, and at the same time, different essays have a common feauture and one writing scheme. Following 7 tips can help you produce an original essay or Coursework Assistance:

 

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  1. In the first place, you should identify the essay type that you are required to write. You must recognize the style, the structure, and the linking words that you need to pursue for your essay type. You should make a scheme for an essay and follow it when you are writing an essay.

 

  1. You should take some time and brainstorm for ideas that you want to utilize in your piece of writing. You must make notes of ideas, words, and phrases that come to your mind.

 

  1. You should group all of your ideas that you have come up with in a logical order. You should eradicate ideas that are irrelevant to your essay topic.

 

  1. You must put your ideas in a separate paragraph; this will make the layout for your essay. An essay layout is comprised of introduction, body, and conclusion. You need a short paragraph in the beginning of an essay, and that will be your introduction. An introduction should be created in a way that attract readers. Body of an essay is comprised of two to five paragraphs. In conclusion, you should be succinct while giving your point of view.

 

 

  1. You should adopt a proper writing technique to make sure that you get A for all of your efforts. Technique that you choose should make your essay interesting for the readers. You should think how to start your essay, develop your ideas, and make a cheerful end to it. Do not make use of rhetorical questions if you are writing a formal essay.

 

  1. You should not use difficult words in your essay if you are able to link words and phrases in your essay. An essay must be easy for readers to understand. You can use a variety of adjectives, verbs, and adverbs to make your essay look interesting for the readers.

 

You should know how to edit an essay. Proofreading will help you eliminate grammatical and spelling mistakes in your essay. You can also take help of a friend or family member to proofread an essay for you.

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text 2018-03-09 14:33
Kill Your Darlings (Yellow team)
Meat Camp - J.T. Warren,Scott Nicholson

 

Adapted from Scott Nicholson’s original horror screenplay.

I hope the movie was better.

 

A fun story about last chance kids going zombie.

The goat made me laugh.

We never do find out exactly what caused it though.

The moldy biscuits?  Then what about the dog?

 

Not for the squeamish.

 

Suspect:

 

 

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text 2018-03-08 03:02
Reading progress update: I've read 63%.
Meat Camp - J.T. Warren,Scott Nicholson

 

 

The cook is cooking up his own intestines while they're still attached.

EEEwww!!    LOL

And he's worried about the biscuits going moldy.

 

I really need to read more by this author.

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