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

Monday, May 6, 2013

I've put up a new review for 'The Masks of Time' by Robert Silverberg.  This novel, along with Bester's 'The Demolished Man' had a pretty big effect on my reading of SF.  I read both novels when I was a kid, both introduced me to some new ideas for a kid, and broadened my horizon somewhat.  I actually remembered Demolished quite a bit better than Masks of Time, I forgot the title for Masks for several years there.  And when I looked it up on wikipedia it brought back a few plot points that I'd completely forgot.

I don't know if the review I wrote for 'The Masks of Time' is what you would call a 'good' review.  This is a book that I read when I was a kid that had a pretty profound impact on my enjoyment of SF, I can't really take a very critical eye to it, or rather I don't really want to.  Also I don't really want to read it again, in that it's kind of like 'Stranger for a Strange Land' in that I'm reluctant to read it again and be relieved of all the good feelings I have for the book.  Sometimes we just have to acknowledge that we don't exactly have the most objective standpoint for why we like a certain book.  This is one of them for me.  So take the review as it is.

In my last post I said I was going to try and put some ads up on the site.  Apparently that didn't work out, they won't let me put ads up.  The only thing I can think is that my review for 'The Void Captain's Tale' is a little too sexually explicit, I know it barred me from looking at the site from a public computer or two.  Oh well, I liked that review, thought it summed up my thoughts on the book pretty well.  So there won't be any ads showing up on my website just yet.

I ordered several more books from thriftbooks recently, and though I know I'm kind of a shill for that website I can't help but blow their horn one more time.  They even sent me a 15% discount for my birthday, which I thought was pretty cool.  Which is good because I'm apparently out of the Kindle business.  My Kindle just broke, it was my third one, so I think I'm gonna let the technology go for a little while until it's durability catches up to it's usefulness.  I even tried to dismantle the two broken ones I had and switch around components, either the components for the different brands of Kindle are incompatible or my technological prowess is not what I though it was.  It's a toss up between the two.

I'm reading 'Bones of the Earth' by Michael Swanwick.  Mostly because I find it hard to believe that the author of 'Stations of the Tide' could write a book about time travel and dinosaurs.  I'm not very far into it so I expect it to get pretty weird.

On a note completely unrelated to SF I just read an article about a New York politician and Bail bondsman, a woman who passed as a man her entire life.  She came over from Europe dressed in boys clothes and for the rest of her public life acted entirely as a man.  She was married twice and even adopted a daughter.  That she was a woman only came to life on her death and, get this, the part that shocked people the most was that she had been able to vote.  This blows my brain, and I find it kind of embarrassing that women haven't even been able to vote for a hundred years.  That story is better than any SF I've read in quite awhile.  I tried to find a book about the person, Murray Hall, but apparently no one has written one.  That's really too bad.


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