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Book review: Darwinia
Reviewed: Friday, August 11, 2006

Summer reading: Spin
Reviewed: Saturday, August 5, 2006

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the Omnivoire's Delimma
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the Golem's Eye
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Legends, volumes 2 and 3
Tuesday, November 23, 2004

I found volumes 2 and 3 of the Legends series at my local library and thought I'd give them a listen. Legends is a four volume series of novellas edited by Robert Silverberg that brings together many of science fiction and fantasy luminaries. Though some of the stories were weak, it's an excellent set overall. Here are my quick takes. First, volume 2:

  • Robert Jordan's New Spring: A gripping prelude to his Wheel of Time series. This was my first experience of Jordan and hearing it made me run to the local library to find book one the next day.
  • Terry Pratchett's The Sea and Little Fishes: An amusing Discworld piece told with vim and vigor. I like Pratchett. He's funny, clever and very readable.
  • Orson Scott Card's The Grinning Man: Another amusing and enjoyable tale. I got tired of Card a long time ago after the promise of Ender's Game fell flat on weak characters. This one was interesting enough to make me think about giving him another look.

Now Volume 3:

  • Terry Goodkind's A Debt of Bones: I found this very weak with cloying characterization, predictable plot and disastrous dialog. On the other hand, the descriptive style is excellent and the ideas were interesting. Maybe his longer works are better but this piece didn't make me want to find out.
  • Ursula K. Le Guin's Dragonfly: This tells the story between The Farthest Shore and The Other Wind. I dind't llke the Other Wind when I first read it -- it differed too much from the original trilogy and Earthsea had seared my heart when I was but a lad. Dragonfly fills in many missing details and place the Other Wind on firmer footing. It was a wonderful story. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that when it finished. I turned the tape player off and never heard what Tad Williams had to say!


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