Saturday, July 19, 2003

Conspiracy Theory
Jane Haddam


Great story, and fun to be amongst the residents of Cavanaugh Street once again, but.....

Haddam's mixing of reality and fiction was a little too close for comfort. Mixing web pages and quotes from REAL conpiracists with her fictional ones, the book becomes a little too much like real life. Accepting, of course that what the consiracy-minded consider REALITY is generally far off the beam of the real world. Seeing favorite characters (Poor Father Tibor!) up against some of this poisonous nonsense is disturbing.

But a good, satisfying mystery, and interesting ideas all the same! [One note: the editing was a little off - a few words that passed spell checker muster were wrong. Eg. "right a book" "my English is not to good"].

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

The Left Hand of Destiny: Book Two: (Star Trek Deep Space Nine), Vol. 2
Jeffrey Lang, Created by Rick Berman

Well. THAT was different.

In a good way, of course. If you want mystical Klingons, brawling,
feuding and searching for power in the new world of the Empire, this
is the book. A very good weave of adventure, multiple sets of characters
and action, this was a very good read.

Linguistically, it was very interesting - lots of tlhIngan Hol used,
reasonably well, and older klingonese terms as well. I'm impressed
by the use of tlhIngan to add atmosphere, without seeming contrived.

It also wove in lots of good DS9 elements and post-DS9 history. Now
I'm a lot MORE interested now in the DVD sets of DS9 seasons that are
hitting the street. I was afraid that "celebrating the 10th
anniversary of DS9" meant it would be hard to understand if you were
not intimately familiar with the whole DS9 arc (I'm not) but it was
definitely not the case.

Monday, July 14, 2003

The Warrior's Apprentice
Lois McMaster Bujold

Left Hand of Destiny: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine- Left Hand of Destiny, Book One, Vol. 1
Jeffrey Lang, Jeff Lang

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
Dean Wesley Smith (Editor), With John J. Ordover, With Paula M. Block

Finished a re-read of the GREAT Bujold's initiation of Miles into combat. A book I expect to read and reread many times.

Finished the annual (last years) Star Trek fan written fiction. Maybe, maybe, someday I'll try this. Could be fun.

Finished volume 1 of a 2 volume Klingon duology. Very good so far. Intrigue and more, and not too hard on those of us who didn't follow Deep Space Nine too closely.