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Apparently I am working through the recommendations in WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK SO GREAT

I’ve never read much Arthur C. Clarke. I read lots of other golden age writers: Bradbury, Bester, Simak, Asimov, Heinlein, Pohl, Kornblutch, etc. But not Clarke. Can’t think why. I suppose I just wrote him off because the movie 2001 was so boring, and the book of his that was in all the stores, Rendezvous […]

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Feeling ill, so short post today

I’m reading Jo Walton’s The Just City. Maybe it’s just me, but even though this book came out four months ago, I’ve heard zero buzz about it. I don’t know why. There’s something really fun and ridiculous about it. This is a book about Pallas Athena (yes, the Greek goddess) transporting 300 philosophers from throughout history […]

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My Real Children

I liked Jo Walton’s latest so much that I thought about just posting the last page of the book on here, because I’ve rarely seen one that was finer. Well, except for the last line, which turned the screw a bit too much. Posting the last page of a book is the kind of thing you […]

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Jo Walton’s, _Half a Crown_ is good fun, but it’s not quite the fascist dystopia I’m looking for

            Just finished reading Half a Crown, which is the concluding volume to Jo Walton’s trilogy of books about a post-war Britain that’s slowly succumbing to fascism. I’m now going to spoil the book (and the whole series) pretty heavily, so don’t read any further if you care about that sort […]

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