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A Soldier's Sketchbook by Joseph Farris
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The Origin of Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood
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This is a neo-Marxist tract by a famous neo-Marxist. She concentrates her argument on 17th and 18th century England but when need bee she goes as far back as the Norman invasion. The thing you always have to remember here is that she's preaching to o ...more
The Origin of Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood
" She was Canadian by residence, for a few years when she taught at U of T. For all of her life before that she was a New Yorker, and she now lives in E ...more "
Mona Lisa Awakening by Sunny
" I immediately thought "Mona Lisa Overdrive", by William Gibson. That was before reading your review. After that, well... Shape shifters from the Moon ...more "
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Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
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You can be an established author and you can do your best to do an alternate history for teenage girls but somehow it doesn't mean that it's a really good alternate history. I'm not a teenage girl so maybe that's why I was so critical of the AH parts ...more
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Lamentation by Ken Scholes
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I'm not sure I can make a coherent summary of what I learned from "Lamentation" or make some kind of critique of it. It all went by so fast. On the other hand, I suppose that could be a critique in itself: "It wasn't a memorable book because everythi ...more
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The Sign Of The Book by John Dunning
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I read The Sign of the Book right after reading ROCKETS IN URSA MAJOR and exactly like ROCKETS IN URSA MAJOR it feels as if the book was written more than twenty years earlier.

There's nothing wrong with releasing now a book that was written back then
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Rockets in Ursa Major by Fred Hoyle
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I learned here that it isn't easy to turn an early 60s science fiction Theatre play (London's Mermaid Theatre in 1962) into a novel, and most specially one to be released in 1969.

But to be fair, you get a warning right from the start, from that title
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Finder, Vol. 04 by Carla Speed McNeil
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This is a little gem about reading and books, set in a future where reading isn't that valued and books aren't that important. It's a very personal and touching tale.
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