More sci-fi hi-tech fun

Book title: Timeline
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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At first I was a little disappointed with the technology that Crichton was using in this story. The idea of not actually traveling back in time but going to an alternate location wasn't what I expected the book to be about. After a while and reading further on, it all sort of grew on me and became more interesting. The concept being many evolving universes beside each other; or multiverses. The story became exciting when the team was sent to 14th century France to save a colleague. Crichton uses a vast knowledge acquired of these dark ages to enhance and describe the happenings in this era. Crichton seems to have a knack for hi-tech sci-fi thrillers such as "The Andromeda Strain" and "Jurassic Park". "Timeline" is right up there with the best of them. This was a fun book to read.

EAN: 9780345417626
Pages: 512
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Michael Crichton

Baxter Beat Me To It!

Book title: Voyage
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Voyage - book cover picture

You have to ask yourself if the alternate history scenarios portrayed within this amazing book would have meant a more glorious space program. Would sacrificing half of the Apollo lunar missions, the Viking landers, the Voyager probes and the Space Shuttle have been worth it for one, single flight to Mars? That is a question Baxter makes you ask yourself through implication. This novel is one of the finest creations of 1990s science fiction. But I was a bit annoyed when I read it, as I was researching to write a very similar book to this! (aw, shucks) All the flashbacks within the story should have been annoying but Steve Baxter makes it all work brilliantly. In an ideal world with lots of funding, ALL the Apollo lunar missions would have been retained, there would have been a series of Skylab space stations (unlike the International Space Station, which is practically a boondoggle)and mankind would have worked and lived on Mars. All this before the 21st Century. SIGH...

EAN: 9780006480372
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd
Stephen Baxter

1984: It should outsell the Bible

Book title: Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics S.)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics S.) - book cover picture

Most everyday at school, I am assigned reading. It never crossed my mind that a book with such power and meaning, 1984, could be read in a parochial school. I read it as a Sophomore last year, and now, as a Junior, am able to now fully understand the book and its tribulations.

Orwell is the master teacher, and we should consider ourselves to be mere pupils, desiring to learn the craft of excavating the truth.

EAN: 0051488032007
Pages: 6
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
George Orwell

DAUGHTERS validates the spiritual cypher of women's rituals

Book title: Daughters of the Dust
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Daughters of the Dust - book cover picture

I appreciated being able to continue the journey with the Peasant Family and deepen and widen my personal relationship with them. Julie Dash and her creativity continue to nurture the American African experience by re-membering our collective consciouusness through language, image and ritual. I look expect to see a film manifested from the amount of energy Sister Julie released into this project and send her much love and light toward her endeavors.

EAN: 9780452276079
Pages: 320
Publisher: Plume Books
Julie Dash

A fabulous find

Book title: The Promised Land (Penguin Classics)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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It is hard to believe I never was required to read this wonderful book, and I am thankful to have discovered it as a result of reading a children's book based on it (by Rosemary Wells, also highly recommended) to my children. The circumstances of its writing are remarkable; the images luminous and the prose unbelievably beautiful for any author, especially for a recent immigrant. But it is the insight into her personality, culture and psyche which appeal to me the most. You will also like the personalities you meet through her. This book should be read by anyone who loves the English language, loves America, or just loves a window into the soul of another.

EAN: 9780140189858
Pages: 368
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Mary Antin
Werner Sollors

A Wonderful Book!!

Book title: Shades of Gray (Paranormal Romance)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Shades of Gray (Paranormal Romance) - book cover picture

This is one of the best books I have read. It is right up there with the "Twilight" series by Maggie Shayne. I just couldn't put it down. I read the whole book in a few hours. The characters were wonderful. I could see myself as Marisa. I almost belive I could hear Grigori call. Or feel the evil the came with Alexi. It is someone that is very talented who can hold someones attention and make them feel the joy, sadness,anger,terror and the love that the characters are feeling. I didn't want the book to end. Cathy

EAN: 9780505522436
Pages: 400
Publisher: Love Spell
Amanda Ashley


Book title: Holes (Readers Circle)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Holes (Readers Circle) - book cover picture

Holes is an excellent book. When I started reading this book, it was simply to pass time at work. (FAO Schwarz before they all closed...*sighs*) I don't want to give away the story, but I had no idea that I would enjoy the book as much as I did. My intention was to simply have something to do when I had a break from helping customers, but I was in for such a surprise. When I started reading it, I could not put it down. As much as I hated having down-time, I found myself looking forward to having down- time throughout the day just so I could get back to Stanley's adventure. It was great. I read it in two days. I look forward to seeing the movie and hope it is very closely related to the book.

EAN: 9780440228592
Pages: 288
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Louis Sachar

What is with the impatientce?

Book title: Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, Book 4)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
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You know what really gets on my nerves. Impatient people. For all the people who didn't like this book especially because of length and irrelevence should stop reading it now. So what if we didn't learn too much about the Dark Tower, we probably won't until the last book of the series. That's sort of the point.
This book has made me want to be a part of the ka-tet walking along the beam and frankly, Rolands flashback was the best part of the entire series so far and that, my friends is saying a lot. For those who can't take some tragedy and misery, welcome to Roland's life. That is what we were meant to get out of the flashback. We found out why Roland is the way he is and how he started his quest for the Dark Tower
If King had tried to make this series short and sweet, it wouldn't be nearly as spellbounding as it is, and it definately is the best series I have ever read. Take your time Stephen King, some of your fans like detail.

EAN: 9780140866889
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Stephen King

Searing, Honest, Triumphant

Book title: Project Girl
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Project Girl - book cover picture

A friend suggested this book, so I thought I would check out the reviews on before I purchased it. Thank GOD I did not allow some of the negative reviews to influence my decision. I came away thinking that Ms. McDonald's story was brutally honest, frank, compelling and often very sad, but I think in the end triumphant. Would I make the same decisions she made, probably not. But I think the main point is that this book is a MEMOIR about HER life, and I am glad she decided to share it.

EAN: 9780520223455
Pages: 231
Publisher: University of California Press
Janet McDonald

Hard SF at its Best.

Book title: Revelation Space
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Revelation Space - book cover picture

Some of the best and the hardest science-fiction at the moment is coming out of Britain (Stephen Baxter, Ken MacLeod, Peter F. Hamilton etc.) and Alastair Reynolds is right up there with them. This, is the first novel in what looks like being an almost Xeelee-esque sequence of novels (continued in Chasm City, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap (forthcoming)) lots of hard-science, mysterious aliens etc.This story starts out as as an archeological novel but rapidly turns into something else as assassins and the crew of a derelict space craft become more and more involved in the ultimate question; where are the aliens?This exploration of the Fermi Paradox treads on familiar territory to anyone who has read any of Stephen Baxter's recent works and comes up with a new and wholly satisfying answer. It also blows the door wide open for it's sequels.If you like superior space opera and can cope with the jargon and the science give it a whirl.

EAN: 9780441009428
Pages: 592
Publisher: Ace Books
Alastair Reynolds

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