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Over the Wine Dark Sea

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Over the Wine-Dark SeaOver the Wine-Dark Sea by H.N. Turteltaub
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is an interesting way of portraying an average man’s perspective on life during the time after the death of Alexander The Great, with the generals fighting and scheming, and the little men caught in the middle. Not that life wasn’t already a difficult proposition, especially for a tradesman of the sea, before the knowledge of celestial and magnetic navigation had made the notion of aiming for a destination with any hope of accuracy actually possible.

On to the second book….

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

I’d seen the hype, but wasn’t planning on getting around to reading it any time soon, until a friend put it on their top-10 of the year list. Ready Player One is a fun read, full of pop-culture references from childhood, most of which I got, but plenty I didn’t too. Never having been a fan of text adventures when they were new, the Zork bits just never clicked with me, but the Atari 2600 bits did, a little. One thing is clear, this is a book that will never be made into an official movie. Getting licenses for all the other-properties that appear in the text would be a nightmare-squared, between greedy owners and mysterious orphaned works. But about the time that we have an internet like they describe, making an unauthorized flick will probably be a simple task for the average desktop.

King David’s Spaceship

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

The first time I tried to read this book, I nearly burnt down a motel in New Zealand, because I was so into reading the book, I didn’t notice a fire on the stove until my Dad came into the kitchen yelling at me (and taking away the book).

I am quite certain I did eventually finish it, though I don’t remember when.

This time reading through, I’m noticing a few things I didn’t think about before, like how much of a ‘sci-fi’ novel is really just a historical military fiction, set in a far away place, but otherwise basically low-tech. The other part that’s standing out is an assertion near the end, wherein the authors basically say that the end of the age of slavery had more to do with the technology of the horse collar, than it did with any societal change of heart over the treatment of fellow mankind.

That and I really need to get around to reading the mainline of the Moties books.

Among The Hidden (BR)

Monday, January 12th, 2009

There’s been this book sitting on the breakroom counter at work for months now, Among The Hidden. I finally felt sorry for the poor little guy and took him home and started to read.

Turns out it’s a pretty engaging story of future police state population control madness. It ends on a depressing note, so I was glad to see it’s only the first book in a series. Too bad they aren’t available on the kindle. =(