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photo 2018-09-16 21:36

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Cat with pumpkin: Read and called

Cat = Read but not called

Pumpkin = Called but not read

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review 2018-09-16 21:21
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The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett

The first time I read this book,  I thought it was okay.  Not the best Discworld, but okay.


But each time I re-read it, I like it  more.


I mean, there is the Pern parody that is great.  There is the kick ass daughter who inherits.  There are the riffs on heroes.


And yet, there is the fact that we are all Rincewind.  I know, I know, I'm an American, so I should be Twoflower.  But Rincewind is what we would all be if we were in LOTR.

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review 2018-09-16 21:12
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Muse of Fire - Dan Simmons

For me, Simmons is a historical horror or sci-fi horror writer first, and then a straight forward Sci-Fi writer.  But this book is about stories, poetry, and religion


A group of performers is forced to perform Shakespeare's greatest plays and if they fail, the human race is  doomed.  Doomed, doomed, doomed.  Wiped out.


Simmons does a wonderful job capturing the fear and stress of the needed performances.  But the world building is good as well and the various levels of aliens as well as the space ships provide reasons for a look at religion.  


What I really enjoyed was how he captured all the ins and outs of the personal lives of the performers as well as rivialries but without making anyone into a trophe or sterotype.

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review 2018-09-16 18:00
13 Square
The Guest Cat - Takashi Hiraide,Eric Selland

 This is more a series of short stories/essays about more than one cat. The narrator and his wife are not cat people and slowly become so.

It is not particularly gripping, but it is a good cat story. So if you like cats, it is worth reading. Just be warned - pet death.



I also read Lucky Cat #1 for the 13 square.  That is a very short story, 13 pages, about  a stolen black cat.  No pet death in that one.  It was sweet.

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review 2018-09-16 17:55
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House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski
I'm not quite sure what I just read.

On one hand, this is a haunted house mystery. On the other hand, it is a family drama. On a third hand (or on a foot), it is a story by two men(?) who may be losing it.

But parts of it are quite scary. 

Do not read in ebook format.

It takes a bit to get into. But once you let yourself get into the book, it does take you away. 

It is very, very, very, very, very male driven.

But what I enjoyed best about wasn't the horror or the plot. It was the mocking of literary and film criticism. That is really the most brilliant part of the book, especially the interview section. Parts of the book scare you half to death, and then you burst into laughter.

Either way, you stand a good chance of peeing youself. Fair warning.


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