Monthly Archives: December 2009

Review: Consider Phlebas

Consider Phlebas, Iain M. Banks. Orbit, 1987/2008 The Culture is Banks’ future post-human Utopia, of sorts. People in the Culture can change their gender at will, secrete a variety of drugs from genofixed glands, don’t use money, and have hyper-intelligent … Continue reading

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Disney World!

I went to Disney World with the in-laws for winter holiday festivities and togetherness time. I hadn’t been since winter 95 or so, and the park has expanded a lot since then! I won’t go into excruciating detail here, since … Continue reading

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Book review: All the Shah’s Men

All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, Stephen Kinzer. Wiley 2003, 2008 (additional preface) When Kinzer first published this book in 2003, GW Bush had started a pre-emptive war in Afghanistan and was … Continue reading

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Double-barrel review: Two Regencies by Georgette Heyer

Lady of Quality, 1972; Sourcebooks reissue 2007 Annis Wychwood, age 29, is “on the shelf,” as they say. She enjoys being single, but finds her brother irritating, so she moves to Bath with a chaperone. One day, she meets a … Continue reading

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Book review: The New Space Opera 2

The New Space Opera 2, eds. Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan. Eos, 2009. I love space opera. CJ Cherryh’s Foreigner and Alliance-Union series rank highly in my favorites, as does Lois Bujold’s Vorkosigan series (especially Memory and The Vor Game.) … Continue reading

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