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Noticed you liked Clockwork Orange, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a group of violent kids (and also a bit dark). I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more about the book before you commit:


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This is a terrific book, read 30 years after publication. Afghanistan is not mentioned, but the end of the USSR and Warsaw Pact are spelled out as they happened over 10 years later. What is predicted is a Japan China Australia economic domination. Is this about to come to pass

I see that you too have just added Third World War. What did you think of it
>Yeah, I like the Hollander, though I have to admit that I've never read the Edda in ON -- I never got around to learning it well enough to actually read anything in it.
I know there are others who prefer other translations that may be more exact, but having actually studied and tried to read some of the original out loud(I do things like that 8-)), I think Hollander's version feels more like the original. Poetry that's supposed to be oral I like to actually read aloud. I've done it to Beowulf a bit as well 8-)

> I spent most my time on Anglo Saxon until I gave up grad school for a real life.
Well, I got as far as the MA in Germanic Philology plus a bit, but was never going to be able to go the whole route starting at 40+ already, so I went back to teaching high school German. Now that I've graduated("retired" sounds too idle for what I do) I'm back playing with medieval research from time to time just for the fun of it!
I see you have the Hollander version of the Edda, too. It's my favorite, but I know it's not everyone's. I think he gets the feel of the original better than some do. And yes, I have studied it in ON 8-) Then I came to your page and I see we'd overlap a lot more than 12 books if I started adding my science fiction and fantasy collection 8-)
The only fiction I've listed is either medieval or Tolkien.
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