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About meI guess I would call myself a constant reader. I got hooked on reading when I was young and the very small library near my home got visited a lot. Science fiction stories have been the biggest part of my reading history starting with the first science fiction novel I recall finding in my 6th grade school library, The Purple Cloud by M.P.Shiel. From there I moved on to Andre Norton and the following year a friend introduced me to the Tarzan novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. I read a lot of non-fiction when I was younger but not as much now. I had a lot of interest in the American Civil War and World War II. I hate war but fascinating stories come out of it.

My reading log and book reviews for 2014 are in the 75 book challenge group here:

My reading log and book reviews for 2013 are in the 75 book challenge group here:

My reading diary and reviews for my 50 book challenge for 2012 is here:

My reading diary and reviews for my 50 Book Challenge thread for 2011 is here:

I neglected to keep track at year's end in my 2010 challenge, but here it is covering most of the year:

About my libraryIt is heavy on science fiction with a mix of history, historical fiction, mysteries and a little bit of everything. A favorite is anthologies, since I really enjoy science fiction short stories and novellas, both modern and "golden-age". Some of the books in my library, esp some series of mysteries and thrillers, and Anne McCaffrey are shared books with my spouse and are included here so we can keep track.

I have tried to just rate books that I have read recently. Memory can play tricks. Generally a 2.5-3 star book is what I consider average. 3 1/2 stars would be a good book I would happily recommend. 4 stars and above means I really liked it.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Dystopian novels, Early Science Fiction, Group Reads - Sci-Fi, Martian Fiction, Post-apocalyptic Literature, Science Fiction Fans

Favorite authorsRay Bradbury, Lois McMaster Bujold, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Colin Cotterill, Ernest Hemingway, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucius Shepard, Nevil Shute, Robert Silverberg, Clifford D. Simak, John Steinbeck, James Tiptree, Jr. (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresHalf Price Books - Concord

Favorite librariesBenicia Public Library, Springstowne Library - Solano County Library

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Real nameRon

LocationVallejo, California, USA

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Member sinceFeb 27, 2009

Currently readingFarewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Best of Leigh Brackett by Leigh Brackett
Transit (Lancer SF Library, 72-758) by Edmund Cooper
Greybeard by Brian W. Aldiss
Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute

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Hi Ron:

I see we have 37 books in common including THE KILLER ANGELS, Michael Shaara. Just wondered if you know that Shaara's son Jeff has written quite a few novels about most of the major wars America has fought. Pretty good ones, in my opinion.

Thanks for your response. I am not quite finished with Messenger (though I read the ending already, =0))but wondered about Jamison and Kira. I will hold off on my thoughts and review til I am done, but enjoyed reading your comments. Thanks!!
I saw your review of "Gathering Blue" when I posted mine, and while I don't want to spoil the story for you thought I would let you know that Lowry brings the characters from "The Giver" and from "Gathering Blue" to an amazing climax in "The Messenger." It is well worth reading, but would not make sense if you hadn't read the other two first. I think she does a great job with.

(Just found the September SF thread) I like the four Windsinger books much better than anything Megan Lindholm has written under her "new" name. Sigh.
Hi Ron,

Thank you for your review of Rising Shadow. As you noted, it's definitely not for everyone. The protagonist does mature as the series progresses--she loses her superficial, 19 year-old angst and begins to see the world beyond her own obsessive insecurity. But I think you assessed it exactly right when you said it's more for the Twilight audience than your average sci-fi fan, as the love story is woven into the fabric of the series arc. The second book, Merger, is coming out in a couple of months and might be more to your liking, as there's less giddiness and more tension in their relationship, much more like the second half of Rising Shadow. But again, this series just isn't going to be for everyone, and I really appreciate your taking the time to write a thorough and thoughtful review, as it will help guide the right readers to the book.

Best regards,
Jacquelyn Wheeler

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