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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • Author: Neal Stephenson
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    Best Stephenson in years.

    Looks like having Nicole Galland as a co-author has done wonders.

    Plot is tighter, writing is even, and the book even has an ending! Yes, an actual ending!

    So this is probably more of a Galland book? I need to read more of what she has written.

Votan and Other Novels

  • Author: John James
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    This is a good book, and a long book. It's three books, which are pretty different, and I am not sure the idea of grouping them was *great* but hey, it works.

    I got to it via a recommendation by Neil Gaiman, and the first two are a lot of fun.

    The third one ... is not. It's good, in a totally different way, and I feel happy to have read it even though it was so ... unpleasant to read? It made me feel unpleasant things a lot of the time? But that's ok.

An Innocent Client (Joe Dillard, #1)

  • Author: Scott Pratt
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    For a change of pace, I read this. I had not read legal fiction for a long time!

    It's ok, fun, not badly written, even if the main character is:

    * A special forces veteran
    * A child abuse survivor
    * The best lawyer in town
    * In the process of retiring to become a teacher
    * Married to a gorgeous dancer
    * Gorgeous
    * Parent of a dancer
    * Parent of a MLB prospect kid
    * Working off his 10-acre property overlooking a lake
    * Only working death penalty cases
    * Morally conflicted

    Because really, there is such a thing as too much backstory. On the other hand, the plot is kinda thin.

    So, fun short read.


    * His mother is dying
    * His sister is a drug addict who has stolen from him

    I am sure I am forgetting something else.