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Friday, February 15, 2019

Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove


Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove

Never thought I would be bored with anything Turtledove wrote but alas, I found this book boring.  The Spanish Armada was successful and England is now held by the Spanish.   A rebellion formatted by William Shakespeare is the theme.  Action didn’t ensue until the last 50 pages or so.

The story was interesting but for me it dragged until the end.

First Turtledove book I recall that I didn’t really like.


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Sunday, February 10, 2019

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher


I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book.  I must say I was delightfully surprised with what a good book it was.   It is a post apocalypse novel.  The world is burnt out and there are a very few survivors.  The story is about Griz.  Griz and a stolen dog fuel the plot.
The author does a great job keeping a secret until not far from the end of the book.  The character development is well done.  The story moves well and has a w

The state of the world is loosely explained.

The book was captivating and well done.

I highly recommend.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Record of a Space Born Few by Becky Chambers

This book details the lives of a group of survivors of Earth’s demise.   Their diaspora was fueled by the eventual desecration of Earth and the cannibalization of the remaining infrastructure to build a fleet of arks.  The remnants of Earth roamed fruitlessly until they were discovered by a wealth of aliens.  This book is a collection of the narratives of individuals of the Fleet.

There is very little action in this book.  It takes a look at the impact of a nomadic life on the individuals spotlighted by the author.  Chambers even looks at society through the eyes of an  alien.  

The book is not compelling, but it really is a good look at human nature and motivation.


I enjoyed it 

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Friday, February 1, 2019

The Log of the Flying Fish by Harry Colllingwood


This story had the feel of old time SciFi.  The Victorian aspect gave it the H.G. Wells feeling.   The Flying Fish is a dirigible made of a mysterious metal alloy and powered by an equally mysterious element.  As much of the older SciFi, there is no attempt to make either of those facts’ probable.   The ship is built and staffed by four English gentlemen and their two man servants.  The story is their trips abroad.

The story suffers somewhat by the overly wordy descriptions and the
sattitudes and language of the supposed Victorian time period.  I cringed as they slaughtered animals for sport but that was normal for the time period depicted.

It was an interesting story but not gripping.


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