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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks



One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »
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    Children and Other Wild Animals

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Dust (Silo #3) by Hugh Howey
Dust (Silo #3)

chipkerchner, October 21, 2014

Definitely a better book than the second one (possibly the best of the trilogy). A good amount of action and drama between Silo 18/17 and Silo 1. A bit violent at times and I wish they didn't kill as many of the major characters off. We find out the answers to many of the big questions. The characters are identifiable and well developed. A good recommendation for anyone that likes post-apocalyptic environments.
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The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian

chipkerchner, October 21, 2014

A very slow start to the book - due to mostly boring log entries. Plus I was wondering how someone apparently so average sounding, got to be the 17th person on Mars. But as Mark Watney (the astronaut left behind) has to come up with creative approaches to stay alive, some that work and some that don't, the book builds up steam. Characters could have been more deep and Mark's sense of humor to a bit weird. But by the end, it's hard to put the book down.
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Daemon by Daniel Suarez
Daemon

chipkerchner, October 21, 2014

A techno-thriller of a book that starts out very confusing. But soon after grabs your attention and holds it throughout the rest. An interesting story in which a computer program (or something else?) slowing builds strength to essentially rule the world without many people realizing it and without anyone able to stop it. My complaint is it is very violent and doesn't get the plot done or to a great stopping point by the end of the book. This is definitely a multi-book series.
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Starhawk (Priscilla Hutchins #1) by Jack McDevitt
Starhawk (Priscilla Hutchins #1)

chipkerchner, October 21, 2014

I'm a big fan of the Academy/Hutch series and after waiting a few years for Jack's latest, I couldn't wait to read this one. This is his classic space-opera that he has made his name off of. Priscilla is the main character in one, instead of a background player. Unfortunately, this is not as strong as the others. The book is mainly written as a group of short paragraphs and only occasionally does the plot fall into your typical chapter based book. The detail isn't quite as in-depth as the other six in this series. I know Jack is getting older but I hope better for the next one - I'm still a huge fan
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Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon

chipkerchner, March 24, 2013

This novel is a very large, in-need of pruning, book. Could have easily done without 500+ pages. It has a lot of cool concepts - cryptology, invention of digital computers, electronic money, more gold than Ft. Knox, intelligence agencies, etc. The evolution of cryptology was interesting. Certainly appealing nerds and techno-geeks.
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