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Book Review: Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Dial
339 pp
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Five Flavors of Dumb combines a high school garage band that may or may not be good, with a would-be manager who is deaf in this slice-of-life young adult novel. Our Heroine is Piper, a high school senior who accepts a challenge to find a paying gig for the band “Dumb” within a month. (A band that somehow won a Battle of the Bands competition despite having only three songs, all covers to their name and not enough practice between them.) She accepts the challenge mostly because she needs the money; it seems that her parents decided to raid her college fund so they could pay for a cochlear implant for Piper’s baby sister Grace.   Continue reading

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Book Review: Farlander by Col Buchanan

  Tor
388 pp.

Farlander is the second book with a recommendation by Glen Cook that I have not liked this year. (The other book was Awakenings by Edward Lazellari.) I have decided that even though I really like Cook’s writing, that his taste in books and mine are very, very different. This book is a hard book to classify as either fantasy or science fiction and it has a steampunk feel without the Victorian trappings. (I would almost have preferred the usual Victorian trappings compared to what I did get.) Continue reading

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Reading: Daybreak 2250 A.D. by Andre Norton, Part Three

starmanssonraftlynxsmallStar Man’s Son/Daybreak has had some pretty awful covers. A few of them try to make Fors look like a TV Western Indian or make him look as if he were in his thirties instead of a teenager. (Though we do not get Fors specific age, I think he would probably be about sixteen or seventeen depending on what was considered “adult” for his culture. The reason for Fors escapade is that he is now too old get an apprenticeship and does not want to be stuck with a low status job for the rest of his life.) Many of them get Lura completely wrong, and many of them are extremely ugly and nonsensical in terms of layout and composition. (This could probably be said of most of the early sf covers. I can often guess what year/decade a book was written/printed in just from how hideous the cover is.) Continue reading

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Book Review: The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns by Margaret Dilloway

Putnam
354 pp.

The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns is Dilloway’s second novel and shares some of the same themes as her previous novel, How to be an American Housewife. The book is about the complicated interactions of friends and families, and one of the major issues is estrangement caused by a difficult family situation. It also has the same gimmick of opening the chapter with a quote from a book. (In How to be an American Housewife the book was a  fictional guide book for Japanese brides, in this book, it is a guide book for growing roses. ) Continue reading

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Book Review: The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Tor
336 pp.

The Long Earth involves an improbable invention, an astounding discovery and a journey to see how far the rabbit hole goes. The story begins with two people who have a strange experience where they are transported to some strange location. One is a soldier during World War One in France, and the other is a pregnant teenager, who dies shortly after giving birth. Continue reading

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Reading: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs Part Nine

A-Princess-of-Mars-Edgar-Rice-Burro16-small Chapter Twenty Three: Lost in the Sky

 John rushes off to tell Kantos Kan everything he knows. Instead of decrying John’s complete inability to stay undercover, he is horrified that Dejah agreed to marry Sab Than. Apparently, the very idea of a political marriage or marriage alliance is abhorrent.

 Kantos Kan has no clue of how they can remedy this horrific situation! John states that he’d like to settle the problem by killing Sab Than, but can’t for personal reasons. Kantos realizes that this means John is in love with Dejah. After some discussion, Kantos agrees to kill Sab Than so that John’s way to Dejah will be clear. (Apparently Dejah would be able to marry the guy who arranged to have her fiancé killed but not the guy who actually did the deed. Mars has no lawyers because Martian law makes no sense.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Nomansland by Lesley Hauge

Square Fish
243 pp.

Nomansland is a YA post-apocalyptic novel. Our Heroine is a girl named Keller, who is a “Tracker” or warrior for a restrictive and extremely dysfunctional all-female community living on an isolated island. (The community has extremely strict rules of behavior and appearance that are harshly punished if disobeyed.) There are no men in the community, and Keller has been raised to view men as enemies, though the island has apparently never been attacked. Continue reading

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