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Trigger Mortis
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Thrice Upon a Time
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Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris
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The main character Henry Wiggen is now a veteran, and tells a story partly about him and partly about his teammate. Author Mark Harris also worked on the screenplay for the movie, which I haven't seen. In short, this is better than the first book, ...more
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For Special Services by John  Gardner
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Gardner's second Bond book, and much better than the first. Feels more like movie Bond than book Bond, but it is well written and fun to read.

The starting scene (the hijacking) is well handled, and the connection to SPECTRE is also good. I liked much
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The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London
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The Call of the Wild is a good story, though violent at the start. White Fang is violent through most of it, and ends up with an okay story. Both have much analysis and themes, but really both are about survival.

Pretty sure I read Call when younger,
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Thirteen by Henry S.F. Cooper Jr.
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Written shortly after the incident, this is a fairly technical timeline of the challenges faced by the crew and ground controllers. The recent Tom Hanks movie educated a new generation about this event, but didn't do as good a job of explaining the ...more
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Three Go Back by James Leslie Mitchell
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This time travel book was published by Galaxy Science Fiction in 1932, and may have been serialized before that. It features a strong female lead character and lacks the sexism of most books of that era. No method is given for time travel - and it is ...more
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The Moment of the Magician by Alan Dean Foster
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A book rating of just okay, fourth in a series which eventually expanded to eight, and not a lot of prospect for the future. While no sharks were jumped in this tale, I believe they may be revving up the motor.

First off, the main plot was alright. I
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The Romulan Way by Diane Duane
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A short story with a Romulan (excuse me: Rihannsu) civics and history lesson added in, this sequel to My Enemy, My Ally is more of an epilog to that story. Ms. Duane was also working on Spock's World (released the following year), so the ...more
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California Voodoo Game by Larry Niven
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Third book in a series (and for nearly 20 years, the last book of the series), this large cast story can be hard to follow and has more caricature than character. Technology was also starting to leave this description of a future world behind. That ...more
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Broca's Brain by Carl Sagan
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This book is a collection of essays, some dated and some that probably didn't belong in the first place. In the better essays, Sagan's love of science comes through, but reading Cosmos would deliver all of that and none of the fluff. 2 stars at best. ...more
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The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams
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Slim volume with analytics, anecdotes and analysis. Students of the game today are using computers to do what Ted did with just eyes and brain, though probably not as well. Way ahead of its time.
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“What a dull place the world would be if all the mysteries in it were solved.”
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“When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean.”
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“I think reading a good book makes one modest. When you see the marvelous insight into human nature which a truly great book shows, it is bound to make you feel small--like looking at the Big Dipper on a clear night, or seeing the winter sunrise when you go out to collect the morning eggs. And anything that makes you feel small is mighty good for you.”
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Dan Egan
“Roughly 97 percent of the globe’s water is saltwater. Of the 3 percent or so that is freshwater, most is locked up in the polar ice caps or trapped so far underground it is inaccessible. And of the sliver left over that exists as surface freshwater readily available for human use, about 20 percent of that—one out of every five gallons available on the planet—can be found in the Great Lakes.”
Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

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