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review 2020-05-28 04:04
Review: A Murder of Manatees
A Murder of Manatees - Larry Correia,Rymor Publishing Group;Jerald Tuck Jr;Don Bilger;Carl Roehrich;Kimberlee Bowen;Larry Milton;Cindy Baldwin;Jennifer Luxmoore;Stacie Turner;Jane Parillo;Jimmie Espo;Adam Flaherty;Paul Legault;Karen Hyde;Marietta Giorno;Courtney Wetzel;Stacy O'

This was a hoot. It was full of camp and ridiculousness and it was fun to listen to.  It's a stupid funny space multidimensional adventure, and I recommend.

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url 2020-04-13 08:08
Best SEO Company in Delhi | Best Digital Marketing and PPC Services in Ghaziabad
Marketing To The Social Web: How Digital Customer Communities Build Your Business - Larry Weber

We provide the best Amazon SEO service to Rank our client’s products on the Top Position of Amazon. We have several years of experience and a vast background in the Amazon SEO Service. We use negative and positive keywords to boost up the page on the Top Position with 100% safety & gradually increase sales. We are the best all digital marketing company in Delhi NCR.

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review 2019-08-06 00:00
Shipstar
Shipstar - Gregory Benford,Larry Niven ‘Shipstar’ continues the adventure started in ‘Bowl Of Heaven’ where the crew of SunSeeker encountered a solar system-sized bowl-shaped construct powered and propelled by its own sun. SunSeeker was a ramscoop spaceship en route from Earth to colonise a planet called Glory with the crew were mostly in cold sleep. The Bowl has been voyaging for millennia and seems to be run by a elephant-sized bird-like creatures called the Folk. They have captured other species which they call the Adopted, who inhabit and maintain the Bowl.

The Folk control the Adopted by indoctrination and, when necessary, pain or death inflicted by microwave bombardment. What works on the aliens doesn’t work on the humans but they re-tune to the correct frequency and it does. Folk Memor inflicts pain on Tananareve, her prisoner, to test the new wavelengths and when she has finished writhing in agony tells her it will help negotiations. She asked him if he would die for a cause. He says no, dying is pointless as if you die you cannot make use of the outcome of the act. She asks him if he would die for his beliefs and he says no, they might be wrong. A refreshing point of view in the age of the martyr.

As in ‘Bowl Of Heaven’, there is plenty of intelligent conversation between intelligent characters. This crew of scientists encountering a cosmic construct full of astonishing aliens gets involved in discussions about ecology, biology, engineering, palaeontology, sociology and much else. It’s certainly much more stimulating than listening to the conversation of real-life celebrity dingbats on television. The writers can pull off this tour de force because they are themselves both smart scientists. Why they even feature those gravitational waves which are making the news this past week! However, it’s by no means all chat and there is plenty of gripping adventure, too, as our heroes, in fear of their lives, are pursued by the Folk and aided by some of the Adopted. As the novel develops, the big picture just keeps getting bigger and ends up in the closing fast-paced chapters on a truly galactic scale.

The characters are a varied bunch. I particularly liked Captain Redwing, whose point of view we get to see now and again. In general, Beth and Cliff still dominate the storytelling though there is substantial input from others, most notably the alien Memor. Despite the fact that she inflicts pain on humans and kills some, too, the story manages to make her almost a sympathetic character. She is doing what she has to do within the constraints of her job and her extremely hierarchical society.

It’s generally nicely written and this volume seems to have more lush description than ‘Bowl Of Heaven’. Oddly, there are clumsy word repetitions here and there. I didn’t make note of them but, now and then, the same word comes up consecutively in a fashion not usual in polished English. Writers usually find a synonym for the next sentence. It’s not really a flaw, just a stylistic anomaly. One of the dangers with quest stories – characters journeying through strange lands – is that they can turn into an endless parade of wonders. There are a few slow spots in the middle where the story flags a bit but not for long.

Reviewing loads of short stories, one forgets the pleasures of the big Science Fiction novel. The large frame leaves room for big ideas and big thinking. You simply cannot do this in the limited wordage of a short. ‘Bowl Of Heaven’ and ‘Shipstar’ are packed with science, philosophy, sociology and deep thought, all rendered through the medium of convincing human characters. The aliens are pretty convincing, too. All in all, it’s a nice piece of work.

Eamonn Murphy
This review first appeared at https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/
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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker reading “Chicago Treasure” by Larry Broutman, Rich Green, and John Rabias
Chicago Treasure - Larry Broutman,Rich Green,John Rabias

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker enjoyed learning more about Chicago Treasure from President and CEO Dr. Janet Szlyk during his recent tour of The Chicago Lighthouse. This inclusive children’s book features photographs of Lighthouse preschoolers with and without visual impairments, along with a diverse cross-section of Chicagoland youth. Author proceeds from Chicago Treasure are donated to The Chicago Lighthouse and Access Living, helping to provide necessary programs for children, families, and veterans living with disabilities.

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text 2019-06-20 18:45
25 Essential Reads-Char's Horror Corner
Boy's Life - Robert R. McCammon
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell,Matt Godfrey
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Elaine Hedges
The Fisherman - John Langan
Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
The Cormorant - Stephen Gregory
The House Next Door - Anne Rivers Siddons
The October Country - Ray Bradbury
Blue World - Robert R. McCammon

 

 

Per M.R.'s guidelines, they don't have to be classics, but some of mine will be, solely because I loved them, not because someone made me read them in school. 

 

1. Boy's Life by Robert McCammon should be read by everyone, I believe. This book helps to explain what happens to that magic you felt as a kid, but no longer feel as an adult. 

 

2. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. This might be on some lists of classics, but it will always be on mine. The best opening paragraphs EVER. 

 

3. Blackwater: The Complete Saga by Michael McDowell. An epic covering several generations of an Alabama family. And a river monster! 

 

4. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. A fictional story based upon how women were treated by the medical profession, back in the day. 

 

5. The Fisherman by John Langan. This is a fine, fine piece of  literary, cosmic horror.

 

6. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. A true American western. 

 

7. The Cormorant by Stephen Gregory.  A literary and chilling quiet horror story about a bird. 

 

8. The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons A quiet haunted house story. Or is it? This was the only book of this type that the author ever wrote. 

 

9. The October Country by Ray Bradbury. A classic collection of stories from Bradbury-a few of which I'll never forget. (The Scythe, especially.)

 

10. Blue World by Robert McCammon. A more contemporary story collection, but with a wide, wide variety of tales. "Night Calls the Green Falcon" makes me cry every single time I read it. (And I've read it 4 times.)

 

11. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. My heart broke for poor Lily Bart.

 

12. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The classic revenge tale. 

 

13. Bubba Ho-Tep by Joe Lansdale. A totally hilarious story about an Elvis impersonator and a man who believes he is JFK. They're both fighting a mummy in a nursing home. It's hilarious, it's touching and it's gross, all at the same time. 

 

14. The Secret Life of Souls by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee. Every dog lover should read this book.

 

15. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Heartbreaking. 

 

16. East of Eden by John Steinbeck. So. Damn. Good.

 

17. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin. In stark, staccato prose, Levin brings home this tale of motherhood gone wrong. 

 

18. The Auctioneer by Joan Samson. There's nothing overtly horrific here. It's just a building, building and ever building case of dread.

 

19. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. This book taught me that I could hate every single character in a book, but still be hypnotized by the story.

 

20. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. A classic that taught me that poetry could be fun and whimsical.

 

21. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. A faith based story, which really isn't my thing...but it's just beautiful.

 

22. The Alienist by Caleb Carr. Historical fiction based in NYC and focused on the start of criminal profiling and or psychology. 

 

23. The Sandkings by George R.R. Martin. Long before Game of Thrones, he wrote this rather moral tale. (He also wrote another favorite of mine: Fevre Dream. Vampires on the Mississippi!)

 

24. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Another case where my heart was broken. 

 

25. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I loved this coming of age tale where a boy is trying to save his mother. 

 

 

 Thanks go out to M.R. for coming up with this idea. It was fun and it gave me a chance to talk about some of my favorite books. What book lover doesn't love that?

 

 

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