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text 2017-05-06 21:36
Consider Phlebas - Iain M. Banks  
Consider Phlebas - Iain M. Banks

Adequate space adventure but Banks enjoys elaborating on the grossest parts, and I do not. I like the Culture, but there is just too much nauseating gore. So, I feel like I can safely scratch the rest off the List.

Library copy

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text 2016-05-01 19:46
Native Son - Richard Wright
Native Son - Richard Wright

I may never finish this. Getting through the first two sections was a slog. Veronica and I talked a lot about it as we were going on (she was reading it for school), and it is clear To me that i fundamentally did not get it. Veronica said the third section was good, and I believe her, because our taste in books has a huge area of overlap, but I disliked reading the first two so much I couldn't bring myself to carry on.

This tells you several things: Veronica is a much better student than I ever was, because while she might complain of an assignment, she does always finish it. Also, that I am really not good at doing things that are "good for me". And beyond that, sometimes I cannot for the life of me figure out what an author is trying to convey. I am glad I tried to read it, though because talking about it with Veronica was worth putting up with Bigger.

Personal copy.

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text 2015-04-15 18:35
John Green eSampler
The John Green eSampler - John Green

I've heard a lot of good things about this author, and found this sampler of some of his books.  Will be loading it next onto my Kindle!

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text 2015-01-15 15:21
The saga of the samples

In case anyone remembers my posts about taming my samples collection, I'm under 100! It's a constantly fluctuating number because I add new ones too easily, but I read a few at a time when things are happening around me that make it difficult to sink into a proper read (thereby putting all samples at a disadvantage) and slowly, slowly I'm getting through them.


I'm still doing the alphabetical thing and I'm up to 'L'. :D


This includes playing catch up when I add new samples that fall earlier in the alphabet, which of course gets more frequent as I go along.


There are some tasty looking samples in 'W' that I'm looking forward to reading, but it's a constant uphill struggle It's also a good motivation to keep making progress, interspersed with actually reading whole books of course.


I'm winning, but ever so slowly. This is my reading challenge for this year, to get all the way through my samples and then keep them under control. Then I get to part two: The free books. Yes, I will be doing the same with those. Making myself start each one and either continuing or discarding, using the same criteria as on the samples.


In between of course I'm also reading the books I've paid for! Wouldn't it be awful if there was an apocalypse and no more electricity and I never got to read them? I can't let that happen...

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review 2014-09-04 03:55
Review: Hugo Award Winning Fiction
Hugo Award Winning Fiction - Greg Bear,Octavia E. Butler,Samuel R. Delany,George Alec Effinger,Harlan Ellison,Fritz Leiber,Robert Silverberg,Theodore Sturgeon

This collection, put together by Open Road Integrated Media, is a sampler of Hugo Award winning stories. Like any collection, there are some samplers that really interested me, and ones that were just a little blah. The interesting ones were good enough that I purchased one of the full sized books immediately after I finished the sample, so I suppose the sample book did its job!


Blood Music starts out the collection and introduces you to a Vergil Ulam, a researcher at Genetron. Vergil is secretly doing unauthorized work on biologics: autonomous organic computers without the necessary safeguards to work on mammalian chromosomes. As you can guess, his boss isn't too happy when he discovers the extracurricular work.


The next story, Bloodchild, seems to be set on Earth (or another world where humans were originally dominant). It features an alien race that has ulterior motives for wanting to spend time and bond with children, especially as they reach maturity.


The next few stories I wasn't thrilled with, so I'll skip to I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream - this is a freaky AI-type story where a group of humans are trapped inside a sadistic computer.


Swords and Deviltry seems to be, from the sample, you standard thieves and magic type story. It may have promise, but the sample was too short to let me determine if it proves itself to be unique.


While I'm not sure if I would be interested in buying the majority of these books, it was neat to read a sample of some Hugo Award Winning stories that I hadn't had a chance to pick up before.

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