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review 2020-01-30 16:02
Phases of Gravity, Dan Simmons
Phases of Gravity - Dan Simmons

This slender, largely understated and unpretencious novel shows Simmons at his best; it's not bloated, doesn't have irrelevant lit. crit. essays stuffed into it and quietly grips despite mostly pretty low stakes.


You go to the moon; you walk on the moon; you come back. Now what? Richard Baedecker did it as part of the Apollo programme. Years later he's drifting, divorced, estranged from his son, unable to understand the personal significance of what only 12 people have ever done. Enter the Manic Pixie Dream Girl - except she does defy the cinematic trope in a couple of significant ways.

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text 2020-01-28 19:03
Reading progress update: I've read 134 out of 218 pages.
Phases of Gravity - Dan Simmons

I perked up when the ex-astronauts decided to climb Uncompahgre Peak in Colorado.

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text 2020-01-25 17:05
Reading progress update: I've read 55 out of 218 pages.
Phases of Gravity - Dan Simmons Not sure there's gonna be an actual plot in this book...
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text 2019-11-12 02:55
Fan Cast: Double Love by Francine Pascal
Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1) - Francine Pascal

Elizabeth/Jessica - Lili Reinhart

Steven - James Maslow

Todd - Timothee Chalamet

Enid - Joey King

Lila - Danielle Campbell

Cara - Sofia Carson

Bruce - Gregg Sulkin

Mr. Collins - Armie Hammer

Alice - Laura Dern

Ned - Patrick Warburton

Ken - Brandon Larracuente

Winston - Joey Bragg

Caroline - Shannon Purser

Tricia - Katherine McNamara

Ronnie - Lucas Hedges

Emily - Lulu Antariksa

George Fowler - Jeff Goldblum

Hank Patman - Dominic West

Dana - Dove Cameron

Mr. Russo - Ralph Macchio

Rick - Kian Lawley

Mr. Cooper - JK Simmons


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review 2019-10-07 21:04
Carrion Comfort ★★☆☆☆ (DNF)
Carrion Comfort - Dan Simmons

This wasn't a terrible book. It started off well, and has an interesting premise, and was really good for regrettably brief moments. But it was a struggle - there were long passages of boring in between and the ick factor was high with repeated graphic rape/sexual assault and violence scenes. Gratuitously frequent, that is. I get it, the psychic vampires are terrible people, but they seem to be included for titillation rather than actually furthering the story or revealing character.


Anyway, after 8 hours of slogging through this, I'm done. I can't face another 31 hours of it. Enough. DNF at 21%


Audiobook, via Audible, which I have returned for my $7 refund. The audio performances by Mel Foster and Laural Merlington were fine.


I was trying to read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Vampires: Vampires, preferably non-sparkly, in all of their glorious fictional permutations. Fortunately, I have a good backup ready to go, They Thirst - Robert R. McCammon,Rowena Morrill.



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