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September 2004

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New Reviews: 3 of them
September 24, 2004 (4:06 AM) ( link )

ADDED reviews of Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason's The Rule of Four, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, and Ian Macleod's The Light Ages.

These were not the best books I've ever read, but at least the first two were pretty amusing.

I should note that I'm pretty rusty about writing these reviews: in fact, the ones I've posted the last few days are basically the worst I've ever written since I started stocking this page with my unasked-for thoughts. But I thought I might as well start clearing the backlog, and if I really feel bad about how poor some of these reviews are, I can fix them later.

As it stands I'm in pretty good shape on my backlog: only about a month or two behind at this point. I am currently zipping my way through Martha Wells's excellent The Death of the Necromancer, which is utterly straightforward but fun nonetheless. I'm also suffering from a cold, but that's sort of irrelevant.

New Reviews: 4 of them
September 22, 2004 (8:01 AM) ( link )

ADDED reviews of Octavia Butler's Wild Seed, James Alan Gardner's Expendable, Maureen F. McHugh's China Mountain Zhang, and Vernor Vinge's A Deepness in the Sky.

After an extremely long delay, I have returned. I am now caught up with reviewing all of the books I read until the end of May (with the exception of an Asimov book, which doesn't merit a review anyway). I still have 13 books from then until now that I've finished, but five of them were in a series by Steven Brust (set in the Vlad Taltos universe), so maybe I'll just lump all of those together. We'll see.

I did not read as much this summer as I would have wanted. The fault, I can assure you, lay almost entirely with the amount of work I had. I would have read more if I didn't have so much work; as it was, I could barely fit in a few minutes a day for pleasure reading, let alone the volumes I used to consume.

Right now I am on the third book of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. The series has been a lot of fun, but this third one is kind of a bore. I notice that Stephen King's Dark Tower series is about to come to an end, and so I'm considering rereading the entire series from the beginning (I last read it, up to book 4, in college). And I have finally picked up a copy of Martha Wells's Death of the Necromancer (or something like that), which has been praised to the skies everywhere else.

Unfortunately, I'll probably finish those set of books in, oh, December, given what I have to do from now until then. Ah well.

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