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My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C. by Edward Kennedy and David Small
My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C.

Ian King, April 1, 2009

This book is one of my nine-year-old daughter's favorites for bedtime stories. As a citizen-advocate who lobbies in Washington, I think this book captures the spirit of our nation's Capitol at its best, and presents it effectively for young minds. It has certainly given my child a better idea of "what Daddy's doing" when I go to meet with legislators. Buy this book for your library, and help your child understand what all the "shouting" is about in modern politics.

Regardless of how one might feel about Senator Kennedy's politics, it cannot be denied that he has been an iconic figure for many years. Who better to lead us through a typical day with this historic personage than the "man's best friend"?
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The Last Colony by John Scalzi
The Last Colony

Ian King, December 19, 2008

It's been a long time since I've enjoyed fiction this much. A really, really long time. Maybe since RAH left us.

I'm writing this hours after finishing "The Last Colony," the last in the trilogy started with "Old Man's War." I've recommended these books to dozens of people now.

Why? There are two fundamental reasons. For one, Scalzi is an incredibly good writer. His prose moves forward and inexorably draws you with it. His writing style helps you conveniently forget the fact that you just spent an hour, or two or three or more hours living in the world he creates.

And what a world! The story is involved but not confusing - Scalzi knows just how many balls to keep in the air at once. Each book can stand on its own but, for the reader who will begin at the beginning, there are gems others will miss. One of those in this final book, a small but very meaningful reference, brought tears to my eyes. This is a very human story, that does not lose its humanity in its rich portrayal of a complex society and its enabling technology.

Scalzi creates a universe where big social and political issues are front and center, but never steps up on a soapbox. That is incredibly refreshing. This is science fiction for the thinking AND feeling reader.

In case I haven't made my point, I really liked this book - and the two that came before it. I'm looking forward to seeing what else Mr. Scalzi offers us.
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