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Peter Mendelsund: IMG The Powell's Playlist: Water Music by Peter Mendelsund



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Fragment by Warren Fahy
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William Gilson, November 27, 2013

If you have a bend towards biology and odd life forms, this book was an action feast of what isolated evolution might produce over a few million years. I absolutely loved the flora and fauna the author came up with. The deadly and weird collided with pincers and shells and toxins on Hender’s Ilse. Watching the fragile humans discover this niche of life, and fall prey to it, was immensely entertaining.

The sub plot of the reality TV show threading through the story was also interesting. You have folks who are merely interesting in ratings and staying employed in the entertainment business. These folks often collided with the scientists, leading to various publicity stunts that didn’t end as planned *cue evil laughter from this reader*.

While a little odd, Warren Fahy brought in some characters later in the book, such as the dueling scientists Jeffery Benswanger (careful & precise) and Thatcher Redman (loose & seeking sound bites). Each of these men has a different take on what little has been broadcast by Sea Life concerning Hender’s Ilse and both are in for surprises. I enjoyed the conflict between these two, which added to the overall tension.

While I found Nell a strong, thoughtful, intelligent main female character, I also found her too nice. Yes, that’s right: too nice. She didn’t have a negative thought in her head. All the other characters found her nice too. This tended to make her a bit one dimensional. Never once was I concerned she wouldn’t make it out alive �" because she was the only lead female and because she was simply too nice to kill off.
Towards the end, there was a twist that I wasn’t expecting. It was excellent and definitely upped the stakes for our heroes. There was one little aspect that I found unbelievable concerning the weakness of the island critters, but I was easily able to tell my logic center to shut and enjoy the ride.
This book is full of fascinating factoids, most of them concerning marine life. There was a little jaunt into a lab that was collecting blood from horseshoe crabs for medical research. There was also plenty of theoretical discussion about marine evolution. Yes, this book not only satisfied my Action Junkie, but also my Science Nerd.
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Greatshadow: The Dragon Apocalypse by James Maxey
Greatshadow: The Dragon Apocalypse

William Gilson, November 11, 2012

This book is in the top 10 of my favorite new reads of the year. I know, I’m being blunt. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was chewing through 50-100 pages a night and only put it down when I was too fatigued to read any more. This book turned me into a little kid �" I didn’t want to sleep, or do the dishes, or get dressed. I simply wanted to read this book. Infidel is a kick-ass 30 year-old woman who is the true heroine of this tale. She is fascinating, flawed, and trying to do the right thing after loosing her best friend of many years. Trust me. This books kicks ass and will have you calling in sick to work and family engagements.
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Command #08: Henry V: The Background, Strategies, Tactics and Battlefield Experiences of the Greatest Commanders of History by Marcus Cowper
Command #08: Henry V: The Background, Strategies, Tactics and Battlefield Experiences of the Greatest Commanders of History

William Gilson, November 4, 2012

This was a very informative read and it fed my brain well. Marcus Cowper tells the life of Henry simply, lays out the politics of the time in a straight-forward manner, and covers the big events in an unbiased way.
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