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Books read since 5 December

Ok, so I did forget a couple of weeks ago. But here goes. Can you tell it was Christmas in the middle of this, so I got lots of new books? ;)

"The Anvil of the World" by Kage Baker (Library. Quite funny. I can't remember if it self-defined as a novel or not, but it was fairly episodic if so)

"Cerulean Sins" by Laurell K. Hamilton (Library. See this post.)

"The Price of the Stars" by Debra Doyle and James D. MacDonald (New. First book in the series (in publication order - there's a prequel), space opera and rather good.)

"Legends II" edited by Robert Silverberg (Library. Some good stories, some less than good. Despite liking George R. R. Martin's series I didn't like his story in this anthology, and the Anne McCaffrey one was a bit limp. I did like the Neil Gaiman one, and I think I need to read some more Zelazny)

"The Gunslinger" by Stephen King (Library. Maybe should pick up these books some day, now he's finished the series)

"Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body" by Armand Marie Leroi (New. An easy read - for non-fiction, though as I knew a lot of the actual biology already I'm not sure that's quite true for everyone. I liked all the annecdotal stories of mutants and what it was that was wrong)

"Moving Target" by Elizabeth Moon (New. More space opera - sequel to "Trading in Danger" which I read back in October)

"Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III" by Flora Fraser (New. Biography of all of George III's daughters - he's the one that lost us the American colonies and went mad. It was particularly interesting to see how the Regency period was different from the Victorian period which follows - Victoria was a lot more 'moral' than George IV's court)

"Lost for Words: The Use and Abuse of the English Language" by John Humphrys (New. Fun, I think it'll date rather quickly as the anecdotal asides are pretty topical. But well worth reading)

"A Rhyming History of Britain" by James Muirden (New. My mother got us this for Christmas a joke really, but it kept me amused on the journey home from Oxford)

"The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life" by Richard Dawkins (New. This took a while to read - not only is it a large book but there's a lot of information in it. I liked the layout of the book too - the footnotes are in the side margins, and are often amusing)

"1610: A Sundial in a Grave" by Mary Gentle (New. At first I wasn't quite sure, but it quickly sucked me in to the story - I particularly liked the way the reader is lead to want a different outcome to the characters, and it leaves that bit undecided at the end.)

"Cally's War" by John Ringo and Julie Cochrane (Webscriptions. Sequel to the Posleen War books - which gives us some more insight into quite what's going on with the Darhel, and it's about Cally once she grew up, so that's always good. Some bits were a bit trite though - particularly the love interest bit, I wasn't entirely convinced. But I'd still put this as better than average, and it's the book I bought that month of Webscriptions for.)

"Disappearing Act" by Margaret Ball (Webscriptions. This was good, but felt rather shallow and like everything just fell into place for the characters a little too easily.)

"Siege Perilous" by Nigel Bennett and P.N. Elrod (Webscriptions. Vampires! And King Arthur related stuff too. Fun, but don't take it too seriously)

"Beserker Man" by Fred Saberhagen (Webscriptions. Boring. I finished it, but I'm not quite sure why I bothered - probably just coz sometimes it would pique my interest, and I'd carry on, but then ultimately it failed to live up to the promise. It had also dated a lot - the four stories were first published between 69 and 85 and it showed.)

"Legions of Space" by Keith Laumer (Webscriptions. Not finished yet - also old, but so much better than Beserker Man.)
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