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pjthecoug has commented on (3) products.

Wizard & Glass :Dark Tower 4 Rev Edition by Stephen King
Wizard & Glass :Dark Tower 4 Rev Edition

pjthecoug, July 28, 2014

While I really enjoyed the characters and their creative solutions, I found the middle of the book to be tedious. Also, since half the book is a flashback, you s already know what happens, just not HOW it happens.
Truth-be-told, I sincerely believe that if this book hasn't been written by a matter of modern fiction, it would have been an average Sci-fi/fantasy story.
King's biggest weakness it's his tendency to be very America-centric when dealing with whole-world problems.
In all, it was a well-crafted, average tale. Definitely get the paperback.
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Old Man's War by John Scalzi
Old Man's War

pjthecoug, November 30, 2013

This book toys with one of the most fascinating concepts in modern science fiction, and does it in a way that is simultaneously engaging and entertaining.

The story itself is filled with humanity, humor and lots of sci-fi military action. The characters are believable and engrossing, showing very realistic strengths and weaknesses that make all of us human.

I appreciate John Scalzi's approaches to the SCIENCE of science fiction but never felt like it got bogged down in the potentially-lethal morass of "Too Science-y." There's just enough there to keep the story flowing.

One caveat: this book is definitely not for kids, Mom and Dad, but I encourage you to read it for yourself and then determine when it's OK for Junior to get a copy.
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Phoenix Flight: Rise of the Phoenix Flight by P. J. Creelman
Phoenix Flight: Rise of the Phoenix Flight

pjthecoug, November 23, 2013

I will be the first to admit that Phoenix Flight: Rise of the Phoenix Flight is a fun and insightful romp into a possible semi-utoopian, semi-dystopian future (140 years from now) in which a fledgling unified world government succumbs to a "hostile takeover" by several major corporations, resulting in a corporate world government. That's just in the first two pages. After that, you have an uproarious Sci-Fi/superhero action adventure filled with pitfalls, pratfalls and political pragmatism. That said, I must admit that, as the author of the novel, my opinion is biased. Either way, I invite you to read Phoenix Flight's first book with the knowledge that books two and three will be out before long. Get in on the ground floor!!!!
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