Sunday, October 30, 2011

Good Books: The Diviner's Tale

The Diviner's TaleThe Diviner's Tale by Bradford Morrow

Lovely prose, but I'm not totally happy with the protagonist's angst level. She's a bit cringe-y for my taste, constantly worrying about what society thinks of her and trying to shield her obviously quite capable kids from any information that might help them solve the mystery together. We'll see how it pans out...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Good Books: Saturn's Race

Saturn's RaceSaturn's Race by Larry Niven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting, slightly cyber-punk tale of the not-so-distant future where human-machine interfacing is possible...for the very rich. Nice elitist scientist Utopian intrigue. The audio version read by Scott Brick is quite nice; he's one of my favorite book readers and has just the right voice for this story.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Monday, October 03, 2011

Good Books: The Big Burn

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved AmericaThe Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Captivating account of the Big Burn of 1911 in (mostly)Idaho. More than that, it's a good look into the M.O. of Teddy Roosevelt and the first Forest Service Director, Gifford Pinchot, and how they set up the National Forest system in the face of clear-cutting by industrialists. Explains a lot of what we take for granted today re. conservation.

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