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30887 You are all excellent people and will be rewarded in heaven.
30887 Tana was kind enough to schedule Saucerers and Gondoliers for review.

Thank you all for reviewing *Saucerers*. You will be horrified to learn that it has a sequel, Sister Ships and Alastair, and that that sequel also has a sequel, There Ain't Gonna Be No World War Three. *Sister Ships and Alastair* follows directly on from *Saucerers*. Its blurb is:

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Somewhere in Bedfordshire, someone may be working on a bomb that could destroy a world. Mysterious Men in Black need Ant and Cleo to find out for sure, but they'll have to get past Flossie and the girls first...

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Nervous readers are warned that this book contains instances of sheep.

*There Ain't Gonna Be No World War Three*, meanwhile, contains graphic descriptions of Northamptonshire and describes itself as follows:

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Cleo is so glad not to be going to Germany. She hates sausages, and knows for a fact that every adult German is forced to wear Lederhosen from birth. But Commodore Drummond needs Ant and Cleo in Germany - there is a thing there, long forgotten, that could change the course of the war with Earth. Unfortunately, Larry's not far behind them - and this time, he's in wolf's clothing...

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All three books remain absolutely free.

Saucerers and Gondoliers by Dominic  Green Sister Ships and Alastair by Dominic  Green There Ain't Gonna Be No World War Three by Dominic  Green
Apr 18, 2012 01:02PM

30887 *Snuff* by Terry Pratchett, which is starting out really well. Sam Vimes always entertains. I was worried, after the last book finished on the words 'They think it's all over...it is now', that the Bearded One wasn't going to do any more Discworld. Luckily I was wrong.
30887 Naa den teacake
30887 Hi Laura. Orwell's books are odd, because they're among my favourites despite being pathologically downbeat. I normally hate books that have art-house unhappy endings "because that's the way the world really is, yah?" I reason that if someone has spent a hundred pages painstakingly developing a sympathetic character, the least they can do is let the guy fall on his sword with honour. But Orwell's characters seem to find a sort of heroism in futility, probably because, in the 1940s, no-one for around two thousand years had told the truth so brutally and uncompromisingly. It's like watching an execution while marvelling at the sharpness of the guillotine.
30887 Sure is. In 1939, if someone had told me Nazi Germany was the greatest evil in the world and had to be defeated for everything that was right and good to triumph, I'm not sure I'd have had the courage to sign up like my grandfathers did. People like me are why today's monsters continue to exist and thrive - and this is also why virtually every man in Britain over the age of 90 is a hero.
30887 And, erm, no, I'm not a rabid anticommunist. I just read
The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956, is all. It makes you angry.
30887 George Orwell is depressing in his ability to effortlessly trundle immortal sentences into the language. "Some animals are more equal than others" - "Four legs good, two legs better" - 1984 has even more. He's a gloomy bugger, mind you - and perhaps this is his strength. I'd imagine that in Britain and America in 1945, the average citizen was pleased as punch to have simply survived the last six years, and needed the literary equivalent of a cold bucket of water in the face before what was still going on in Soviet Russia could be made real to them. For many, Stalin's gulags still remained capitalist propaganda as late as the 1980s - when I went to college, a particular type of student still wore hammers and sickles and Che Guevara T shirts, though these vanished pretty quickly at about the same time the Russians owned up to Katyn Wood. Read PJ O'Rourke's Ship of Fools (in Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice, and Alcohol-Free Beer) for a truly ghastly account of Western socialists on a junket to Soviet Russia. It's worth remembering that in the same year Animal Farm was written, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was deported to Siberia.
30887 Hi Jeshu and Tara-Jayne - pleased to meet you.

Hi Rea - no, it is not possible to enjoy hoovering the car. If this were true, the whole Tom Sawyer fence-painting thing would also work for car hoovering. I have tried it on passing street urchins and all I can say is, Mark Twain lied to us.
30887 Hi, I'm Dominic. I write stuff - normally, adult SF, at which I've been reasonably successful to date (I've been published for around 15 years, been Hugo-nominated, etc.). Right now I'm writing YA SF and Fantasy, which I intend to inflict on any of you who stand still for long enough. My other hobbies include commuting to London and hoovering up cat hair.


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