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Ancient Evenings
Ancient Evenings
Author: Norman Mailer
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/28/2008


Memorable and bawdy. Crossing three millennia to Pharaonic Egypt, this tale returns to that land's essences - the war, magic, gods, death and reincarnations, the lusts, ambitions, jealousies, and betrayals.


Borders Of Infinity (Miles Vorkosigan)
Borders Of Infinity (Miles Vorkosigan)
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/25/2005


3 shorts and a frame story tieing them together. A great introduction to LMB's writing


Breaking Strain (Arthur C. Clarke's Venus Prime, Vol 1)
Breaking Strain (Arthur C. Clarke's Venus Prime, Vol 1)
Author: Paul Preuss
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/5/2005


Vol. 1 of Venus Prime series. Written by Paul Preuss with Clarke's approval.


The Cat Who Went to Paris (Audio Cassette)
The Cat Who Went to Paris (Audio Cassette)
Author: Peter Gethers
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/17/2010


This ISBN is an abridgement. It runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, on 2 cassettes.


The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Erotic Adventures of Sleeping Beauty)
Review Date: 10/5/2005
Helpful Score: 2


Anne Rice's hot stuff! Fairytales and erotica aren't required to be realistic -- just convincing enough to reach our feelings.


Ebla: A revelation in archeology
Ebla: A revelation in archeology
Author: Chaim Bermant, Michael Weitzman
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/10/2011


"The story of the discovery of a lost 4,500 year old city and empire and its sensational impact on Biblical history"

From the book jacket:

The site: the lost kingdom of Ebla, missing for the past 4,500 years. Located in northwestern Syria, it has been excavated since 1964 by a team of Italian archaeologists.

The discovery: Ebla's royal archive, nearly 20,000 clay tablets written in two languages, one a hitherto unknown Semitic dialect. It has been rated with the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Rosetta Stone as an archaeological landmark.

The substance: a record fleshing out the skeletons of a long-lost civilization, a vast commercial and cultural empire of a quarter of a million people rivaling the empires of Egypt and Mesopotamia. The clay rectangles outline diplomatic affairs; sophisticated trade agreements in textiles; laws; and administrative orders. Here are incised hymns, incantations, and school exercises. But even more important than the astonishing details of the workaday world of the Near East of forty-five centuries past are the highly controversial documentations of previously unsubstantiated accounts of some of the names and places mentioned in the Bible--including Sodom, Gomorrah, and Jerusalem.

As the Rev. Carlo Montini, Rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, has stated, Ebla is a "tremendously important discovery for understanding the Bible. It throws a whole new light on Biblical history in the area where the Bible was produced."


Flaubert's Parrot (Vintage International)
Flaubert's Parrot (Vintage International)
Author: Julian Barnes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/7/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Quirky and engaging even without knowing much of Flaubert's writing (though I suspect I'd have enjoyed it more if I'd read more Flaubert). Barnes' style pulled me in and wouldn't let go.


The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 12/11/2005


20 years after first reading The Left Hand of Darkness, I remember vividly what a strong impression it made on me. A wonderful mind-opener.


The Mamur Zapt and the Mingrelian Conspiracy
The Mamur Zapt and the Mingrelian Conspiracy
Author: Pierce, Michael
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/5/2005


Part of Pearce's humorous mystery series set in Eqypt in 1908. The Mamur Zapt is a British officer, appointed with almost no preparation, as the Caliph's Chief of Police. He unravels mysteries, Anglo-Egyptian politics, and Cairo's mixed social scene. An academic who grew up in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, his stories can be trusted for a feel of the time and place, as well as mystery and rollicking humor.


Neuropath
Neuropath
Author: R. Scott Bakker
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/3/2014
Helpful Score: 1


Not an easy read, but fascinating. It haunted me so much that 3 months later I went back & read it again, slowly, to make sure I understood the science on which this science fiction story is based. Bakker also has a lovely way with words, which I was able to notice the second time through!


Night of the Avenging Blowfish : A Novel of Covert Operations, Love, and Luncheon Meat
Review Date: 9/14/2009


If you love puns, slapstick both physical and (especially) verbal, and political/private eye spoofs, this is for you. "Night of the Avenging Blowfish" is to spy and political thrillers what "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is to science fiction. Utter nonsense, but utterly hilarious.


One Earth: Photographed by More Than 80 of the World's Best Photojournalists
Review Date: 12/18/2005


A gorgeous (sponsored by Kodak) coffe-table book. Profits were donated to Global ReLeaf, consistent with the tone of ecological concern that runs through the book.


The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
Author: Julian Jaynes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/8/2011


This classic of psychology is as thought-provoking as I expected from its reputation. What was unexpected was how much fun it is to read! Although Jaynes lays out his theory and supporting arguments rigorously as befits a scholarly paper, he writes beautifully, humorously, and with an almost casual tone. A Princeton professor, Jaynes draws on deep knowledge of history, linguistics, and other fields to illustrate his persuasive points. Introspective, literate readers who enjoy thinking and learning should definitely check this out.


Radical Utopias
Radical Utopias
Author: Charnas, Russ, Delany
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/5/2005


"Walk to the End of the World" by Suzy McKee Charnas (copyright 1974, 215 pp.)
"The Female Man" by Joanna Russ (copyright 1975, 214 pp.)
"Triton" by Samuel Delany (copyright 1976, 369 pp.)

Three good creative stories by top writers, yet now interesting primarily as a look at feminist SF from the 1970s. We've come a long way, baby (at least in the SF world).


Russka (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Russka (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Author: Edward Rutherfurd, Denis Quilley (Narrator)
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/30/2010


This edition is approximately 3 hours long on two cassettes.

Rutherfurd's novels are indeed "gorgeous tapestries", but listening to an abridged reading of one is like viewing the backside of the needlework from two rooms away. If you want a short version of the story, this is well done by a good reader; if you want to wallow in a sweeping historical novel, you'd do better to read the whole book yourself.


That's Not What I Meant! How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships
Review Date: 10/5/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Brilliant, practical guide to understanding without blame -- and then adjusting.


The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/10/2006


Beautifully done, if rather long. I think that's because this is a "literary" writer doing a SF story.


The World's Greatest Left-Handers : Why Left-Handers are Just Plain Better Than Everybody Else
Review Date: 10/5/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Fun gift book.


Your Favorite Poems, Vol 1 (Audio Cassette)
Review Date: 8/13/2010
Helpful Score: 1


Over 2 hours of beautifully read poetry on two tapes. No commentary.
Poets: Blake, Browning, Keats, Kipling, Marlowe, Masefield, Owen, Shakespeare, Stevenson, Tennyson, to name a few.
Readers: Peggy Ashcroft, Richard Burton, John Gielgud, Alec Guinness, Derek Jacobi, Michael Redgrave, Peter Ustinov, others.


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