Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Lilliput Legion by Simon Hawke

The Lilliput Legion (Time Wars, #9)The Lilliput Legion by Simon Hawke

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve been crunching a lot of numbers the past few weeks and have reader’s block, which is problematic because I owe feedback to an author whose book I downloaded a couple of months ago and I’m only a quarter through it! So…I turn to standbys when that affliction surfaces.

Hawke’s books are such, though I’ve only read the last 4 books of this series once through. Been a while since I’d read this. Enjoyable distraction even if this one seemed rushed and sparse on literary overlap. I keyed something this time that is one of the few things I do remember from the first time (able to recognize correct answer when shown, and all): a character says “When one routinely deals in light years, one doesn’t sweat the occasional ten minutes.”

Hawke (yes, originally a pen name but he made legal) did such a great job writing pseudo-scientific explanations for his time travel theme but didn’t make the units agree?! Still, block nearly broken (not done crunching those numbers…)

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Sign of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #8)Sign of Chaos by Roger Zelazny

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Finishing this series is taking an effort. Zelazny was all over the place…incoherent, stream of consciousness (my favorite style…yeah, no), vague…and then painful overly detailed minor scenes, like a wrestling match (not exactly…but I don’t like to spoil fiction), or his shadow shifts…and throwing in new characters, which shouldn’t be a problem in a lengthy series but kind of is with this one. I think I need to take a break before trying the penultimate, but I don’t know if I’ll come back…on one hand, I would like to see how this mess ends; on the other…it’s a mess.

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Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss – review (not really)

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On ItNever Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This might be the best book I’ve read this year. I’m not going to list the plethora of great points Voss makes…read it. It will help you.

Seriously. Read it.

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