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review 2019-03-30 13:04
Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library - Et... Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library - Eth Clifford

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Found this in a Little Free Library and was intrigued by the title. 

Overall, this was an entertaining book. Obviously it is a bit outdated as pretty much all of the problems presented could have been solved with the incorporation of cellphones. Because of this, I think some young readers may have a difficult time with the book. 

Honestly, I was a bit annoyed at the start, because the kids just make silly decision after silly decision. That's probably just me being a grown up. Young readers may have an easier time seeing the story from the children's perspective.

It was also a bit silly that the reader knows about the presence of the librarian from the second chapter. Without this knowledge, I think the story would have been spookier and the situations seem more dire. Knowing there is an adult is right upstairs (and being able to guess what the scary stuff was) made the plot a little dull.

However, halfway through the book, I found it very interesting. I liked the scenes in which they explore various areas of the library and Jo-Beth's idea on how to save the building. The ending was heartwarming and made me smile. It really kind of felt like two separate stories from beginning to end, one spooky and one adorable. 

Overall though, I thought it was a good story that was well-written and interesting. A bit out of date, but could still be followed today with the knowledge that cellphone usage wasn't as prevalent when the story was written and children definitely weren't walking around with there own phones.

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review 2019-02-20 14:14
Review of Way Station by Clifford Simak
Way Station (A Collier Nucleus Science Fiction Classics) - Clifford D. Simak

This was a Hugo Award winner and a book I would never have looked for but it was on sale as an ebook recently and I thought I would give it a shot. I am glad I did as it was an enjoyable read. It was a slow burn type of story that has a main character acting as the gate keeper of a way station on earth that aliens use as a stop on their travels through space. The main human character is the only person on earth who knows about this and much of the story revolves around his thoughts on his role in the universe and alien cultures. Worth the quick read.

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review 2018-11-06 16:29
Shoddy SF: "Why Call Them Back from Heaven?" by Clifford D. Simak
Why Call Them Back From Heaven? - Clifford D. Simak

(Original Review, 1980-11-28)

In response to a SF fan query about computers that can interpret law, I just finished "Why Call Them Back from Heaven" by Clifford Simak. Although a minor feature of the story, the law of the land dictates the use of jury trials in which the jury is a machine. A couple of paragraphs is devoted to a discussion of how the use of machines has caused lawyers to stick strictly to the letter of the law and objective facts instead of the "sympathy tricks" and other appeals to emotion that are often used in modern day jury trials.




If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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text 2018-06-17 18:32
Reading progress update: I've read 250 out of 507 pages.
Rattle - Fiona Cummins

got tons of this done, in one big gulp this morning; it’s riveting, I like it, but the killer is vile and some of this book is disturbing. I make a point to get to this kind of Crime Thriller only every now and then.

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text 2018-06-16 20:58
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 507 pages.
Rattle - Fiona Cummins

one story from the Lansdales’ book next, and then...let’s see I want a long scary-looking Crime novel by a woman and not one from any of my recommended-reading Lists but rather it’s time to make time for something I bought while browsing and have since been putting off...ah, this will do!

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