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I read this so I could talk about it at my book club and make the best choice on the Hugo ballot this year. This took a long time to read and the story unfolded so slowly. In 300 years we have colonized most of the solar system and there are factions working against one another. I really think the story could have been trimmed down a bit and still gotten most of the plot. If you like long thought out, heavy detailed books then this one is for you. Not sure if there is any sequel planned but I'm not looking for it.


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This was one of my Hugo book club that I hadn't read before. I liked and loathed the book at the same time. The rape in the early chapters of the book seemed completely unnecessary as if that would be the only way Mary would be interested in Ponter later on in the book since he isn't a human male.  The Neanderthal culture was interesting and I would have liked to have seen more of it. I did think that the AI upgrade on Pointer's recorder made for an easy out for communication. The story just seemed to find the easy way to deal with things to complete goals in the story arc. The only time things seemed hard were in the Neanderthal side of the story when it looks bleak for Adikor. And again of they have devices that people wear strapped to them why don't they have cameras to record things where the signal is blocked. I don't think I will bother with the rest of the books. So far this is the second series by Sawyer I have started and didn't feel compelled to finish.


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I read the first book so I could read this one for my book club and realized you really didn't need to read the first book in order to read the second book. The second book is all set on Earth and has to do with how people are changing and how a small group of people decide to get rid of war they need to change as many people as possible in power. There were lots of questions about how certain things worked in this world and I really wasn't all that excited about reading it. 




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I was supposed to have read this last year for my book group but since I was missing that month I skipped it. Well here comes book 2 in the series so I thought I better read the first one to see what I might need for better understanding. 

The copy I read had a introduction by John Scalzi that was amusing and a bit enlightening about the feedback he got on Old Man's War. As much as this was a war book it was also a book on how Earth changes over the long periods of time that our hero is gone due to to interstellar travel. I will say that I did like the ending since it could have been much worse. 



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This happens to be a reread for me for my book club. I could remember the highlights and how it ends but rereading it was a lot of fun. Good SF read and I can't wait to go ahead and read the rest of the books in 2012 and those will all be new reads for me. 

 
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This is another one that I can't remember if I had read it or not. Details never really came back to me while I was reading so I'm going with no I hadn't read it before. Looking back it seems is to be the book trying to thread his Robots into his Foundation books. I was sketchy on my memory of the Foundation books but I do remember the Robot ones much better. I really didn't care for most of characters in the book and was glad the book was over and it left me with no desire to read the next one or go back and read the other Foundation books. This was for my Hugo reading bookclub and several of us thought it was more of an award for the series than for this title. 


                                                                                         
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 I read this over twenty years ago and really could only remember just a few details about the book so a reread was in order for my bookclub. It was interesting to remember bits and pieces of the story as I was reading it. A world kept under control while an amazing life extending drug is harvested from the world. Technology is kept only to a small part of the world so the larger world can keep them under control and keep the drug flowing. Now I just need to reread the other books in the series. 

    
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Here is another Hugo winner that I haven't read until it came up on the book club rotation. I liked the tech in it but I left that the ending was a bit anticlimactic. The setup of the story is a man's quest getting a space elevator set up and of course there is only one good spot on the world and it is a religious site. Due to some freak weather a almost impossible thing happened which has the monks give up the monastery  they were protecting for centuries. The book ends even before the elevator is in general use. I liked the book but I don't think I would have voted for it. 

                                                         
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 This was one of my book club selections and I had never read it because the cover art had turned me off years ago. I'm sorry to say that I shouldn't have done it. I really liked the healers but I wished there was more to the book, yes she finds what she needs but the reader doesn't get to see her bring her triumphs back to her teachers. 



                                                   
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 I had read this so many years ago I couldn't remember the main plot but I could remember some of the window dressing to the story.  I liked the alien culture mostly because there is so little the reader knows about it. What I really didn't like was the main character, he was just a total ass and I didn't think had any redeeming traits. I will read more in the series if the main character isn't in the next book.                                                                         


 
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 I read this for the local reading group and it has been several months since I actually finished one of them even if I didn't finish it time for the meeting.  The cloning in the book was an interesting way to deal with infertility of the world. I didn't care for the ending and thought that it would just slowly become completely interbred.   

                                                                                       
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 I read this as part of the Hugo nominations ballot and I was surprised just how little SF or fantastical elements were in the story. The book was  a good mystery and I wonder just how many mainstream readers picked it up and read it without knowing the author's previous works. If I was voting I don't think I would vote for it, not because it wasn't a good read more that there was so little SF in it. Of course I'm sure people will disagree with me but it also doesn't stop it from being a good read. 





                                                                                             
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The premise of the book is good with a blind girl agreeing to some experimental eye surgery to see that has the outcome of letting her "see" the internet.  The book does a very realistic teen girl and there were interesting subplots in the book but it does suffer from a weakness of being a planned trilogy in that the subplots are left dangling at the end.  So I don't think I will be reading the next one until I have the third one in hand.

                                                                      
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I will admit that the first time I tried to read this I didn't finish it but I think that had more to do with me than the book.  This isn't something to be read in starts and stops but I powered through most of it one one go on a flight. The steampunk works in the story since the Seattle it is set in has poison gas in the air due to the actions of a now missing inventor. The son of the inventor wants to clear his father's name while his mother spends most of the book chasing after her son in the now walled up section of Seattle filled with the dead victims of the yellow gas. Zombies and zeppelins make for an interesting YA nove.l to give to any book hungry teen in your life.
                                                                                                        
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Yet another Hugo winner I hadn't read until it came upon the book club. I haven't even seen the 2 separate movies that were made out of it. The premise was interesting but I didn't care for any of the characters at all. The ending left more questions unanswered and I still wasn't sure even after the discussion if they get answered in the later books.

                                                                                                            
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I thought I had read this many years ago but turns out I was wrong. Two humans and two aliens go to the core of the universe to investigate a bright spot at the request of one of the aliens governments. The pay being an advanced space drive that will allows humans and the other alien race to be able to escape the explosion at the center of the universe.  It turns out that that the bright spot is a large ring around a sun that is inhabited by humans that have lost their tech.  There are several more books set in this universe and I am pretty sure I read one of them a long time ago so I think at some point I will be reading the rest of them.

                                                                                          
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I read this for my book club and I really liked it. The book starts slowly and builds up as the book goes along. Enoch is a Civil War veteran that is approached by an alien in need of someone local to run a galactic way station. If he is in the way station he doesn't age and now it is the 1940's and the wider world has become aware of him. There is also some galactic politics involved in the story and the problems in the story get solved a bit too easy and pat but it didn't detract from being a good read.
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I have to admit that I have never read any PKD before this one.  I liked it as an alternate history and I did find it amusing how almost everyone in the book was either reading or talking about another book that follows the real events of WW2.  You are left with wanting to know more about this universe but that just doesn't happen. 


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