Reviews - Mark V. (smallhagrid) - Chester, VT

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Code of the Life Maker
Code of the Life Maker
Author: James P. Hogan
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.2/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 1/11/2008


"Mr. Hogan has outdone himself with this one !
It is engrossing and funny all at once, and creates an entire civilization
of living machines with everything topsy turvy of our civilization - while
at the very same moment he makes a comprehensive parody of ALL, truly all
our established institutions and dogmas.
This book is truly smart scifi with a wonderful sense of humor, a must-read."


Code of the Lifemaker
Code of the Lifemaker
Author: James P. Hogan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 1/11/2008


"Mr. Hogan has outdone himself with this one !
It is engrossing and funny all at once, and creates an entire civilization
of living machines with everything topsy turvy of our civilization - while
at the very same moment he makes a comprehensive parody of ALL, truly all
our established institutions and dogmas.
This book is truly smart scifi with a wonderful sense of humor, a must-read."


Code of the Lifemaker
Code of the Lifemaker
Author: James P Hogan
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  ?
Review Date: 1/11/2008


"Mr. Hogan has outdone himself with this one !
It is engrossing and funny all at once, and creates an entire civilization
of living machines with everything topsy turvy of our civilization - while
at the very same moment he makes a comprehensive parody of ALL, truly all
our established institutions and dogmas.
This book is truly smart scifi with a wonderful sense of humor, a must-read."


Code of the Lifemaker (Code of the Lifemaker, Bk 1)
Code of the Lifemaker (Code of the Lifemaker, Bk 1)
Author: James P. Hogan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 1/11/2008
2 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Mr. Hogan has outdone himself with this one !
It is engrossing and funny all at once, and creates an entire civilization
of living machines with everything topsy turvy of our civilization - while
at the very same moment he makes a comprehensive parody of ALL, truly all
our established institutions and dogmas.
This book is truly smart scifi with a wonderful sense of humor, a must-read."


Contamination (Star Trek: The Next Generation, No. 16)
Contamination (Star Trek: The Next Generation, No. 16)
Author: John Vornholt
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 26
Review Date: 11/5/2008


"I (reluctantly ?) admit to being a diehard Trekky when it comes to the shows and
the movies - but for a long time I turned my nose at the books...
It seemed to me they'd be cheap, crummy take-offs on the other media.
One day I found myself staring at a shelf full of them, and needed a Trek 'fix',
so I sat down and started to read; and was amazed at how mistaken I'd been.
Since then I cannot tell you how many of these books I've read, but I can tell
you for sure that out of many, many of them only one has been a disappointment.
If you enjoy Star Trek, you'll likely enjoy the books a surprising amount.

Live Long and Prosper !"


Dark Victory (Star Trek)
Dark Victory (Star Trek)
Author: Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Judith Reeves-Stevens, William Shatner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 22
Review Date: 11/5/2008


"(And among the best of the lot IMO.)

I (reluctantly ?) admit to being a diehard Trekky when it comes to the shows and
the movies - but for a long time I turned my nose at the books...
It seemed to me they'd be cheap, crummy take-offs on the other media.
One day I found myself staring at a shelf full of them, and needed a Trek 'fix',
so I sat down and started to read; and was amazed at how mistaken I'd been.
Since then I cannot tell you how many of these books I've read, but I can tell
you for sure that out of many, many of them only one has been a disappointment.
If you enjoy Star Trek, you'll likely enjoy the books a surprising amount.

Live Long and Prosper !"


Deep Fire Rising (Philip Mercer, Bk 6)
Deep Fire Rising (Philip Mercer, Bk 6)
Author: Jack DuBrul
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 74
Review Date: 5/17/2007
2 member(s) found this review helpful.


"(Spoiler warning!)
Be prepared for a huge disappointment if you've read
the prior adventures of Philip Mercer from this author.
Dubrul more or less disembowels his hero in this work and leaves off in a
cliffhanger ending which has the reader severely disappointed and unwilling
to witness any further horrors to such a good hero in any subsequent works.
All his earlier books were a thrill to read and one gets the impression that Dubrul simply wanted to 'kill off' his hero for some reason, perhaps he was bored of writing these stories or carried away with his own successes.
At any event, if Mercer returns it must be as a completely broken man.
I have never seen any author so disrespect the hero and to be able to
successfully resurrect the remains after breaking his soul so completely."


Dragonsblood
Dragonsblood
Author: Todd J. Mccaffrey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 92
Review Date: 11/13/2008
2 member(s) found this review helpful.


"To start with I want to say that I enjoyed Todd's other Pern contributions, so I thought
I'd really enjoy this one - especially after reading his mother's foreword.

Sadly I could not have been more mistaken.

Seeing that the timeline has been added to and enriched I decided to re-read the entire
series starting with the very first entries according to Pernese historical and
chronological order.
(See here for really good info on this: http://pern.srellim.org/chrono.htm )

When I first read the Pern stories (decades ago) the timeline was far from filled in.
Starting all over was a huge pleasure !
Todd's 2 prior contributions were significant and enjoyable; so naturally I expected yet
another great read.

My mistake. This story is 450 pages long (PB version) and to be totally fair and 100%
honest - about 430 of those pages are filled to the brim with suffering, sadness, pain,
unspeakable losses and depression; it may be the first horror novel of Pern. Yuck.

I literally had to force myself to finish this book - it was just too depressing.
Anne Mccaffrey's Pern is presented as a world eternally in struggle - but also with
huge amounts of compassion and it is clearly written as if with a mother's loving
touch; Todd Mccaffrey's world is NOT the Pern I know and love - it is a world locked
at war, with abundant horror, pain, evil, suffering, and a general bad-temperedness
which his mother's Pern did well without for decades.

If I want war and endless suffering and depression I'd seek entertainment in the TV
news, there's no shortage of that bleakness in this world.
When I visit Pern I want the overshadowing goodness; much the same as visiting Narnia;
yes - there is sadness and loss, but there is also deep and enduring love and goodness.

As a man I can say this:
I think Pern was better off in the hands of a woman - men gravitate towards emotions
which I find unfit for reading if I am seeking an uplifting experience, generally
speaking.

If you'd also like to travel Pern from start to end according to chronology, I'd
suggest reading right through 'Dragon's Fire', then if you'd prefer to avoid all the
depression of this book - just read it's Wikipedia entry, here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonsblood
It is accurate, full of spoilers and sums the entire story up neatly, then just move
on to 'Moreta' and continue enjoying the beauty of Pern.
Happy Travels !"


False Prophets
False Prophets
Author: Sean Flannery
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 1.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 6/19/2007
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Honestly, I didn't finish this book - some reviewer compared this guys work
to Cussler ?! No way.
Killing someone every 5 minutes of reading does NOT make this either an
'action' book, or exciting.
Starting the book by killing the hero's grandchildren and their mother was
almost enough to make me stop reading - but it only got more confusing and
murderous from there - it was an act of will to make it to 1/2 way, but it
finally was just too much killing and not enough story for me.
I hope someone else will enjoy it more than I did."


The Fires of Merlin (Lost Years of Merlin, Bk 3)
The Fires of Merlin (Lost Years of Merlin, Bk 3)
Author: T. A. Barron
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 44
Review Date: 8/10/2008


"This is soooo NOT a childrens-only book, I read alot of different things
and I am middle-aged and I enjoyed all his Merlin books very much.

Some folks think the C.S. Lewis books are children's books too, but they
are wonderful reading IMO even for a well-read college educated adult as
long as the person has an open mind. (An open Heart helps too !)

This is a gentle story and the book illustrates good values as well
as pointing out right vs. wrong and that it is important to do your best.

I recommend it as good light reading for adults and a worthy teaching tale
for younger folks."


Fortress on the Sun
Fortress on the Sun
Author: Paul Cook
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 6/19/2007
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"This book qualifies as hardcore sci-fi, and also as light reading.
It was a quick read, and I enjoyed it for a light, quick read.
No revelations or planet-shattering thoughts here, just good fun to read."


Havoc (Philip Mercer, Bk 7)
Havoc (Philip Mercer, Bk 7)
Author: Jack DuBrul
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 3/19/2008


"After the horrible gutting he gave his hero in the previous book, this one was a definite improvement.
It still leaves me wondering how the author will manage to move forward with his main character in the future, as well as displeased with the progression he chose in this character's lifeline - it made for some very unpleasant reading in this reader's own opinion.
All things considered, this writer could use a LOT more of the Clive Cussler type of style and gregariousness, which I hope may 'rub off' on him from his experience sharing writing with Mr. Cussler.
I will not rush to get anything that comes after this book from Mr. Du Brul as I definitely *would* to get -anything- new from Mr. Cussler.
(One may only wish there could be more truly good, fun to read authors like him....)"


Hawke (Alex Hawke, Bk 1)
Hawke (Alex Hawke, Bk 1)
Author: Ted Bell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 20
Review Date: 5/17/2007
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Excellent story, right up there with works by Cussler and I might even say
DuBrul except that "Deep Fire Rising" left me wanting to throttle the author
(or at least burn the book) for how poorly he treated his hero in the story.
Unlike DuBrul, Ted Bell treats his hero as the good man he is and not a
whipping post, and this is an exciting, well written book as a result."


Heartlight (Adventures of Kate, Bk 1)
Heartlight (Adventures of Kate, Bk 1)
Author: T. A. Barron
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 8/10/2008


"This is soooo NOT a childrens-only book, I read alot of different things
and I am middle-aged and I also enjoyed all his Merlin books very much.

Some folks think the C.S. Lewis books are children's books too, but they
are wonderful reading IMO even for a well-read college educated adult as
long as the person has an open mind. (An open Heart helps too !)

This is a gentle story and the book illustrates good values as well
as pointing out right vs. wrong and that it is important to do your best.

I recommend it as good light reading for adults and a worthy teaching tale
for younger folks."


The Last Stand (Star Trek The Next Generation, No 37)
The Last Stand (Star Trek The Next Generation, No 37)
Author: Brad Ferguson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 23
Review Date: 11/5/2008


"(Don't take my word for it - try some Trek books yourself !)

I (reluctantly ?) admit to being a diehard Trekky when it comes to the shows and
the movies - but for a long time I turned my nose at the books...
It seemed to me they'd be cheap, crummy take-offs on the other media.
One day I found myself staring at a shelf full of them, and needed a Trek 'fix',
so I sat down and started to read; and was amazed at how mistaken I'd been.
Since then I cannot tell you how many of these books I've read, but I can tell
you for sure that out of many, many of them only one has been a disappointment.
If you enjoy Star Trek, you'll likely enjoy the books a surprising amount.

Live Long and Prosper !"


Life Without Pain
Life Without Pain
Author: Komar & Brad Steiger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 5/2/2007


"The posted info was supposed to say it is by Komar & Brad Steiger and
for some reason it doesn't show that way here.
This is a cool little book.
May be helpful for someone wishing to study a sort of 'mind over
matter' approach to pain control."


The Lost Years of Merlin (Bk 1)
The Lost Years of Merlin (Bk 1)
Author: T. A. Barron
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 47
Review Date: 8/10/2008


"This is soooo NOT a childrens-only book, I read alot of different things
and I am middle-aged and I enjoyed all his Merlin books very much.

Some folks think the C.S. Lewis books are children's books too, but they
are wonderful reading IMO even for a well-read college educated adult as
long as the person has an open mind. (An open Heart helps too !)

This is a gentle adventure story and the book illustrates good values as
well as pointing out right vs. wrong and that it is important to do your
best.

I recommend it as good light reading for adults and a worthy teaching tale
for younger folks."


The Merlin Effect
The Merlin Effect
Author: T. A. Barron
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 11
Review Date: 8/10/2008


"This is soooo NOT a childrens-only book, I read alot of different things
and I am middle-aged; I enjoyed all his Merlin books very much as well.

Some folks think the C.S. Lewis books are children's books too, but they
are wonderful reading IMO even for a well-read college educated adult as
long as the person has an open mind. (An open Heart helps too !)

This is a gentle story and the book illustrates good values as well
as pointing out right vs. wrong and that it is important to do your best.

I recommend it as good light reading for adults and a worthy teaching tale
for younger folks."


The Mirror of Merlin (Lost Years of Merlin, Bk 4)
The Mirror of Merlin (Lost Years of Merlin, Bk 4)
Author: T. A. Barron
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 35
Review Date: 8/10/2008


"This is soooo NOT a childrens-only book, I read alot of different things
and I am middle-aged and I enjoyed all his Merlin books very much.

Some folks think the C.S. Lewis books are children's books too, but they
are wonderful reading IMO even for a well-read college educated adult as
long as the person has an open mind. (An open Heart helps too !)

This is a gentle story and the book illustrates good values as well
as pointing out right vs. wrong and that it is important to do your best.

I recommend it as good light reading for adults and a worthy teaching tale
for younger folks."


Once There Was a Giant
Once There Was a Giant
Author: Keith Laumer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 8/10/2008


"This book was a fun read.
Laumer did not make any earth tremors with this one, but it is enjoyable.
Most of what this author wrote has been worth reading and this was no
exception.
A good book for a rainy afternoon."


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