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review 2018-06-15 04:03
1968: Today's Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change - Susan Campbell Bartoletti,Marc Aronson

I received this book for free through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers. 

 

1968 was a fascinating year. This book was not. 

 

I was really looking forward to reading this book because I wanted to learn more about this pivotal year in history. So many important events happened in that year and I was hoping to find some interesting insight into them. Unfortunately, the book left much to be desired.

 

The book consists of essays from different authors. None of the essays resonated with me. I kept waiting for one to really hit me, but it never happened. Even the ones about the topics I was especially interested in (ex. Kennedy assassination and Mexico City Olympics), didn’t leave much of an impression on me. 

 

There were a few things I liked. One was that the last essay did provide a conclusion to the book. Sometimes with nonfiction books, there’s no wrap up at the end when I feel like there should be one. Luckily, this book did provide some closure.

 

I also liked the Nightly News segment at the beginning of each section. Those were one of the more interesting pieces to read. 

 

Lastly, the parallels the book made comparing 1968 to 2018 were very interesting and thought provoking.

 

Overall, the book provides a good baseline to the events of 1968, but ultimately did not manage to do it in an engaging way. 

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text 2018-06-11 19:02
Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 298 pages.
Stargate Rebellion - David Fox,Bill McCay

I feel like, right off the bat, I have found a massive plot hole. And because of this plot hole and the fact we are dealing with O'Neil with 1 L, not 2, this is just not for me. Maybe I'm setting myself up for failure. Maybe I'm being negative. But I'm finding the fact that Jack just walks back to Abydos without hesitation and Daniel doesn't want to know WTF he's doing back is just too much. The plan was to tell the Earth the gate was destroyed so that nobody would mess with Abydos anymore. And Abydos was supposed to bury their end of the gate. But neither of these things happen and nobody questions this. Too many ex machina holes in the story.

 

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text 2018-06-11 18:22
Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 298 pages.
Stargate Rebellion - David Fox,Bill McCay

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text 2018-06-11 02:07
Reading progress update: I've read 41 out of 298 pages.
Stargate Rebellion - David Fox,Bill McCay

I'm surprised Jack just went back to Abydos. But then again...

 

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text 2018-06-10 01:31
Reading progress update: I've read 0 out of 298 pages.
Stargate Rebellion - David Fox,Bill McCay

I really don't know how well I'm going to take this series because I only half liked the original Stargate movie. It's most redeeming quality was bringing us SG1. I didn't care for Kurt Russell as O'Neil. And James Spader will just never be as cool as Michael Shanks playing Daniel Jackson. 

 

But this is a direct sequel to the movie, and I did what I always do: I jumped the gun and bought all 4 books in this series. So I hope it's good. I will just have to picture Richard Dean Anderson. But it won't be the same without Captain Carter and Teal'c.

 

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