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January 8th, 2013


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08:32 am - #1
Whew! If I'm going to hit that mark of 50 books read this year, I'm really going to have to pick up the pace a little bit. Still, I did finish the first book in the first week of the new year, so what am I complaining about?

That first book was Coyote Frontier by Allen Steele, the third book of this particular series about Mankind's first extrasolar colony. The European Alliance has invented a hyperspace jump gate, and they bring the technology to Coyote, the colony world. Hijinks ensue.

This is a very good continuation of the saga, and the ending leaves things open for more in the series; there's actually more books yet, and I will continue reading them.

One thing I did notice; like Heinlein before him, Steele suggests in this book that wealthy men of vision may be very necessary to promote the goals of human expansion off Earth. His rich man isn't as altruistic as Heinlein's in The Man Who Sold the Moon, but I have to wonder if their writings have helped promote the actions of people like, say, the owner of Virgin Galactic?

Any book that gets me to wonder deserves a solid high mark on my list.

(4 comments | Speak, or forever hold your peace)

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From:roadskoller
Date:January 9th, 2013 06:19 am (UTC)
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Okay. So I was reading Other Powers by Barbara Goldsmith.
It's about the age of suffrage, spiritualism, and the scandalous Victoiria Woodhull and suddenly went into a sort of depressed inability to comprehend or care what I was reading about.
That sucks, since the book was pretty engaging until the depression clouded in.
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From:roadskoller
Date:January 9th, 2013 06:20 am (UTC)
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And yeah. I didn't hit spell check.
Her name is Victoria Woodhull.
Victoiria.....sheesh.
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From:mycroftca
Date:January 9th, 2013 06:57 am (UTC)
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Well, you could pretend to be 16 and completely unable to spell...
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From:mycroftca
Date:January 9th, 2013 06:57 am (UTC)
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Fret not. Could happen with any book. That's the author's problem, not yours.
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