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BOOK REVIEW: “Birdie Down” by Jim Graham (2012)

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I liked this book.

If that doesn’t sound glowing, in fact it is. It’s a glowing review, actually. Let me explain. I apologize in advance for the lengthy digression, but I feel it‘s important to set the stage:

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BOOK REVIEW: “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut (1963)

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I love Kurt Vonnegut for a bunch of reasons, not the least of which is his irritation factor. Kurt loved to sort of bug people in ways they couldn’t really do much about. Much like Harlan Ellison, his real 24/7 job was basically being himself, and the writing flowed from that. Back in Indiana of the 1950s, for instance, Kurt started inviting black people to fancy dinner parties. Why? Well, lots of reasons, but in large part he’s admitted that he just liked to make his very white, very Midwestern hosts uncomfortable in a social surrounding where they couldn‘t do anything about it.

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BOOK REVIEW: "I Want the Stars" by Tom Purdom (1964)

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I want the Stars is a 42,000 word Ace Double published in 1964. The story begins in medias res with an attack on an alien ship. The Horta, a group of telepathic aliens, are persecuting the Sordini, likeable amphibians that communicate via a color-based language. Intelligent races do not normally fight wars against one another in this future, but the humans intervene because the Horta are enslaving the Sordini. The attack on the Horta fails partly because humans have evolved into a peaceful race that does not often commit violence, and thus find the fighting psychologically difficult.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Past Through Tomorrow, Volume 1” by Robert Heinlein (1967, 1977)

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I’ve been on kind of a Heinlein kick lately.

Once upon a time, Robert Heinlein was my hero. I cut my eye teeth on his “Future History” series, which had a huge, huge, huge influence on me as an adolescent, I read his novels, I read his screeds, he was pretty much the epitome of what I wanted to be when I was an arrogant, know-it-all, condescending jerk of a kid: an arrogant, know-it-all adult.

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BOOK REVIEW: “After Things Fell Apart” by Ron Goulart (1970)

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Funniest. Book. Ever.

No, seriously, this book is hysterical. I first read it about twelve years or so ago when a local mom-and-pop second-hand bookshop was going out of business, and I just sort of scooped up everything I could carry. The book was so funny that I actually decided to write an unlicenced spec screenplay of it on the spot, it was just that good. And, of course, I was just that stupid. Then, when my script hit about 20 pages, I actually got to the end of the book, was very let down by the ending, and gave up on the whole thing, never to think of it again.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Destroyer of Worlds” by Larry Niven and Edward Lerner (2009)

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Some reviews are hard to actually write. I have no idea why. I liked this book well enough, but I realized this morning that I’ve been deliberately distracting myself from writing a review for like a week now. I rattled off a review for “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” in like an hour, but I’ve tried fifteen times to write one for “ A Wrinkle in Time” and end up just staring blankly at the page. No clue why this should be, but now that I’m actually typing, let’s see where this leads us.

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BOOK REVIEW: "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls" by Robert Heinlein (1985)

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Just a little capsule here, not my full length review, mostly 'cuz I can't bring myself to waste too much time on this one. Yes, there are a lot of entertaining ways to say "This is a bad book," but this book is *SO* bad that even making fun of it isn't fun.

PLAY BY PLAY:

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Star Diaries” by Stanislaw Lem (1971)

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You know, I think I might be getting smarter. Well, realistically, that’s not possible - my neurology is pretty much locked-in at this stage in life, and in fact I’m loosing cells, but I’m better educated than I was, say, 15 years ago. I know more. If I’m not actually smarter, at least I’m thinking better - that’s got to count for something, right?

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