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Book Review: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O'Brien

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I'm reviewing "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" because the original novel is much more like science fiction than the Don Bluth movie made from it was. In fact, it's really very good juvenile science fiction.

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Book Review: Existence, by David Brin

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Sometimes a book can be too good, and put too many plots into its story. David Brin's "Existence" feels like he wrote six or seven short stories, then chopped them up and randomly reassembled them into a big, thick book.

This is not a good thing, but I've been told that it's the way he writes his novels.

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BOOK REVIEW: Which Witch, by Eva Ibbotson

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I never was much of a person for hype. It was years before I deigned to read "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" because I could not imagine that the book was as good as people were saying it was. Then one day when I had some time to kill, I picked up a copy at the local library...and pretty much couldn't put it down again until I'd finished reading it. I wasn't just pleasantly surprised, I was blown away, and I'm a person who's read a lot of fantasy stories--J. K. Rowlings did something truly creative and unique, by setting her story about oddball witches and wizards in contemporary England, and making it funny.

Well, it turns out Ms. Rowling may not have been quite so original, after all...

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BOOK REVIEW: Men Into Space, by John C. Fredriksen

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Shortly after Sputnik shook Americans out of their complacency regarding their presumed mastery of outer space, producer Frederick Ziv, of "Science Fiction Theatre" fame, brought to the airwaves a TV series based in science fact, which purported to tell the future history of the US space program: "Men Into Space."

The series was short-lived, but it made a deep and lasting impression on author John C. Fredriksen, who has written the definitive reference guide for the ground-breaking show.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Last Colony” by John Scalzi (2007)

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I’ve read five of John Scalzi’s novels now, and there hasn’t been a one of ’em I didn’t like. Granted the previous book in this series - “The Ghost Bigades,” reviewed here http://www.republibot.com/content/book-review-%E2%80%9C-ghost-brigades%E...
- was probably the weakest of the bunch, but he’s still batting above .750, and he hasn’t struck out yet. He’s earned my faith.

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