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Interviews | March 17, 2014

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Peter StarkIt's hard to believe that 200 years ago, the Pacific Northwest was one of the most remote and isolated regions in the world. In 1810, four years... Continue »
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Anna Creech has commented on (24) products.

Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino
Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights

Anna Creech, February 11, 2010

I don't fully agree with the author, and at times I found myself spinning in circles with his arguments, but in the end, it made me think a great deal about how I represent my True Self to the world. The book is well written, and the author uses his own story to illustrate the points he makes about the damage that covering can do to one's psyche and one's relationships with others. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in gender, sexuality, or identity.
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Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
Agent to the Stars

Anna Creech, February 11, 2010

Scalzi's dialogue is witty and sharp (when it's appropriate), and the pace of the story kept me engaged throughout. He drops just enough hints to keep the reader engaged, but leaves many things up to the reader's imagination. Agent to the Stars is a good place to start if, like me, you're hesitant to commit too much of your reading time to a new-to-you author.
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The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google by Nicholas Carr
The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

Anna Creech, February 11, 2010

I found the parallels between the evolution of the delivery of electricity from self-contained generator systems to the modern-day grid and the evolution of personal computing applications from desktop to the cloud to be fascinating, and a good argument for cloud computing. However, once making that argument, the author proceeds to show his true colors as an anti-technology, privacy-focused, Matrix-fearing Luddite. Disappointing.
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The Last Colony by John Scalzi
The Last Colony

Anna Creech, February 11, 2010

This story moves along at the same clip as the first two books, and while it answers some of the questions about what's really going on in the universe, there are still too many things Scalzi has not yet explored for this to be the end (or almost end, but Zoe's Tale is pretty much the same story from a different perspective). In particular, the ending feels rushed and too neatly wrapped up. After all of the challenges and unexpected turns, it should not have been so easy. Hopefully, Scalzi will return to this universe and explain himself.
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The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
The Ghost Brigades

Anna Creech, February 11, 2010

The Ghost Brigades approaches storytelling more conventionally than the first book, Old Man's War, giving it a narrative, third person view with frequent drops into the head of the protagonist, Jared Dirac. In fact, the main character of the first book is only mentioned by name, but a few minor characters from the first book make appearances, some more significantly than others, and the over-arching plot line has a few more pieces revealed. All in all, I am now ever more eager to read the next book, and immensely grateful that I have two books to go before catching up with the author. I like this universe he's created, and I want to know more about it.
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