Category: Books Completed

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Eat Stop Eat

Lose weight by fasting The authors have taken the above basic premise and stretched it to be a 78 page book. There’s some references that I didn’t bother to look up, I was only reading this to see what exactly their arguments were for fasting, which took about half of the book to get to that answer. There’s good points made here, but I’m not sure I’d be happy without eating for a full 24 hour period, several time a week as they suggest in the final quarter of the book.

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Use of Weapons

The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances’ foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action.The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought.The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman’s life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a burnt-out case. But not even its machine...

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Omega Sub: 4 Blood Tide

The ambition and folly that destroyed three-quarters of humanity lives on in the radioactive rubble of nuclear holocaust. In the South Pacific, an insane fanatic and his army of bloodthirsty killers have begun obliterating the last scattered outposts of civilization. The madman’s goal: to rule what remains of the shattered Earth. For that, he needs the awesome power of the U.S.S. Liberator…and he holds captive the one man who can make his demented dream a reality. For unless the crew surrenders the mighty submarine intact…Captain Tom Donovan will die! Amazon says I bought this August 4, 2013, so it’s only...

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Omega Sub 1-3

  This book series is about a futuristic submarine filled to the brim with the manliest men that all men wish they could be and all women would give anything to be with. It’s your typical early 90’s post apocalyptic story with every character acting as some form of Mary Sue, which was great for teenage me.   I read the first couple books back in my youth when they were first coming out and lost track of the series, which unfortunately there were only six books written.  According to GoodReads, JD Cameron is a pseudonym used by Michael Jahn with...

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The Collapsing Empire

Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible―until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war―and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.The Flow is eternal―but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare...

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The Player of Games

The Culture – a human/machine symbiotic society – has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game…a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life – and very possibly his death. Easy to get through, but it had a pretty heavy ending....

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Scratch Monkey

The novel is set in the distant future, when humans have spread through the galaxy, physically and virtually. We are not alone; we have created a race of AIs, the Superbrights, to administer and expand the virtual side of our presence in the Milky Way. Oshi Adjani works for a Superbright, traveling to worlds where her Boss cannot go, and solving the problems he has set her. One success reveals a secret of the Superbrights, so the Boss forces her into one last, deadly mission, with her freedom as her reward for doing the impossible. Pretty boring and unevenly paced,...

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The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet

When the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Times proclaimed on page one, “Pluto Not a Planet? Only in New York.” Immediately, the public, professionals, and press were choosing sides over Pluto’s planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, award-winning author and director of the Rose Center, is on a quest to discover why. He stood at the heart of the controversy over Pluto’s demotion, and consequently Plutophiles have freely shared their opinions with...

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The Girl With All the Gifts

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.” Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. They don’t laugh because she’s a zombie, I just saved you an entire chapter of the book! This was a quick book to read over the holiday and I wasn’t especially wowed by any particular thing, it...

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The Black Hole

A spectacular descent into nature’s ultimate mystery – The Black Hole. Have you seen the most excellent The Black Hole from Disney? If not, I highly suggest it, it’s an awesome film that completely captivated me as a youth and still sticks out in my mind as one of the best science fiction movies I’ve ever seen. Anyone viewing it for the first time in a modern setting may think differently, but my nostalgia allows me to see it through these rose colored glasses, so kindly shut your mouth about it. This is the novellization of that movie and for...