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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

Wintertide: A Novel

Wintertide - Debra Doxer An average read, a somewhat interesting story line.

The Ajnir

The Ajnir - M P Gunderson I gave this story six chapters to get going, and it failed to do so. The writing was good, in a technical sense, but the characters were lifeless and boring. The plot was hidden and didn't develop quickly enough to keep my interest.

Hell Around the Horn

Hell Around the Horn - Rick Spilman This turned out to be an excellent read for me, which was somewhat a surprise. I have not visited this genre for many years, but now I'm looking forward to reading more like this. The story is based in fact, both of the characters and the ships. Mr. Spilman has done a wonderful job of taking the reader to the early twentieth century, and into the culture of the sailors of that long ago time.It's a good introduction for the novice reader in this genre, and a thoughtful story for the more experienced. The writing is done in the style and jargon of the period, and thankfully a glossary is provided for those, like me, that are not familiar with the terminology. The Author's Notes at the end of the book is also a must read, as it explains much of the history behind the ships and sailors.My only negative comment is the book could have been twice as long, as there is more depth to the characters than is written of, and the story would have been all the better.I give it five stars, and a must read, rating.


Android - C.L. Moore, Henry Kuttner Could not stay awake long enough to finish this one.

Before the Pharaohs: Egypt's Mysterious Prehistory

Before the Pharaohs: Egypt's Mysterious Prehistory - Edward F. Malkowski Although Robert Bloch has been writing Sci Fi novels and short stories for many years, this is my first encounter with one of his short stories. I noted, only after getting half way through, the resemblance to part of the TV series Star Gate, in the scenario that Egypt was fashioned after an ancient civilization originating on another planet. I would think the series adopted the idea from this story.After reading a bio of the author, I'll be taking the time to explore more of his works.

Zero Hour

Zero Hour - Benjamin E. Miller An early predictor of the effects of global warming. Suspenseful, and gripping. A good read.

The Kon-Tiki Expedition by Raft Across the South Seas

The Kon-Tiki Expedition by Raft Across the South Seas - Thor Heyerdahl I first read this in high school, it's one of the books that nurtured a love for reading. A documentary, written as high adventure, and with scientific roots and theories. It doesn't get any better for an adventure mined kid.