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Just Finished (For the third time) - 'Mirror Dance' by Lois McMaster Bujold

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I've been doing a little maintenance on the site as you can see.  It means I had to re-post all of my reviews so far on the blog instead of as stand-alone pages.  At least I'm doing it now when I only have a few reviews instead of a little down the road when I might have quite a few more.  I also organized the reviews by decade.  They're still over on the right, you'll just have to click on the decade you want to see to get to the reviews now.  I figured while I'm doing maintenance I might as well get that over with.  I have some four hundred books I intend to review and I can't have all of them just sitting unorganized on the side of the site.  Hopefully this will make things better. I left 'Farthing' by itself over there as it's the last review I wrote, once I finish another review I'll put 'Farthing' in the proper place.

All that aside I feel a little like I've been slacking in writing reviews.  It's going to take me a long time to write reviews for the books I've already finished, I just didn't realize how long it would take to write a hundred reviews.  Turns out it's a really long time.  I'll post another one soon, and maybe set a goal to write a new one every week.

Right now I'm reading 'Stations of the Tide' by Michael Swanwick.  So far it seems like exactly what I was looking for when I set out to read all the books nominated for the Hugo or Nebula Award.  I don't know if you can really say a book is a hidden gem if it won the Nebula award but I'd never heard of it.  So far it blends fantasy and hard sci-fi in a manner I've never seen before.  I'm only about a hundred pages in so it can really go either way but I'm liking what I see so far.  I'll try and post a review as soon as I finish.

On a side note my wife has been giving me a book a day leading up to Christmas, all of which she took off my list of unread nominees.  So far she's given me 'Lord Valentine's Castle' by Robert Silverberg and 'The Orphan' by Robert Stallman.  I'd never heard of Stallman before so it'll be interesting to read that, and it's always nice to have another Silverberg.   I showed my wife the wikipedia page for Silverberg and she just about threw up, I swear that guy wrote all the time.  His bibliography goes from science fiction to regular fiction to non-fiction to pornography over the span of a year and a half.  The guy must not have taken a break to go to the bathroom.  He's got some great work out there, and some not so great, but more hits than misses.  About what you would expect from a guy who was writing so much, but you have to respect the body of work.

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