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A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R. R. Martin
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5)

Shimrod, January 15, 2012

I only started reading this epic series a few months before this book was released, so unlike many of Martin's other readers, I wasn't tortured by the long wait. I also hadn't built up years of expectations during said wait, so I like to think I came to this book with some objectivity. Some readers seem to have felt that this volume didn't move the story forward enough; I disagree. Having read all five existing books within a few months, the pacing of DANCE seems quite compatible with the rest of the series. I also believe more happened in this volume than some readers may have noticed, and that some events are not what they seem. Time will tell, of course, and I eagerly (and patiently) await THE WINDS OF WINTER.
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The Time Machine (Bantam Classics) by H G Wells
The Time Machine (Bantam Classics)

Shimrod, September 9, 2011

I finally read The Time Machine after having seen the classic George Pal movie many times, and I was surprised at how closely the movie follows some aspects of the book. However, there are some major differences, and an entirely different tone is set for the ending. The movie's writers wisely altered the story to play up the time traveler's relationship with Weena, which in the book is not a romantic love at all (if we can trust the time traveler's narrative, anyhow...). The book's final chapters include an adventure into earth's far future, eons beyond even the Eloi/Morlock era, which is an imaginative marvel (especially for 1894!). I wouldn't be surprised if Wells' conception of earth's ultimate fate was a direct influence upon William Hope Hodgson, who explores similar themes in The Night Land and The House on the Borderland. Jack Vance's Dying Earth stories and Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun may owe Wells a similar debt. Wells' writing style is surprisingly modern and direct, allowing his ideas to flow without the cloying ornamentation common to much literature of the late 19th century.
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Dread Island: A Classics Mutilated Tale (Convention Edition)
Dread Island: A Classics Mutilated Tale (Convention Edition)

Shimrod, January 29, 2011

Joe Lansdale is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. As a fan of both Mark Twain and of H.P. Lovecraft, I couldn't ask for much more than what Lansdale delivers in this novella. The tale is told in Huck Finn's distinctive voice, which is rendered in a believable fashion without falling into parody. Of course, Huck doesn't know anything about the Cthulhu mythos, so it's entertaining to hear his naive descriptions as the adventure progresses. I can't help but think that Lansdale's Hap and Leonard books helped him prepare for writing the dialog between Huck and Jim. I own the limited hardcover edition, which is a nicely designed book, but "Dread Island" can also be found in the "Classics Mutilated" trade paperback (with several other mutilated classics).
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