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Jack the Bodiless (Galactic Milieu Trilogy #1)

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The pliocene ex­ile saga was one of my favourite sci­fi bok se­ries when I was a teenag­er. I had read it all in the wrong or­der be­cause find­ing the books in Ar­genti­na was not easy.

Thanks to goodreads I learned there were a bunch of oth­er books set in the same uni­verse and de­cid­ed read­ing them.

While not as en­joy­able, be­cause these as­sume lots of back­sto­ry, the writ­ing is en­joy­able, and it's fun. I sure would have loved to read these 20 years ago.

El Conde de Montecristo

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Fi­nal­ly fin­ished. This is one *long* book (I read the unabridged ver­sion), and as usu­al, it's hard to read such an old book with­out the writ­ing style mak­ing it some­what hard­er.

A big part of this is be­cause the trans­la­tion avail­able at the guten­berg project is... aw­ful, prob­a­bly be­cause of its own age. I had read it maybe 10 years ago in a mod­ern span­ish trans­la­tion that was much su­pe­ri­or.

In any case, you can't un­der­stand, for ex­am­ple, Neal Stephen­son, with­out read­ing Du­mas first, and this one is prob­a­bly Du­mas' best work. It's one of those few se­lect books ev­ery­one thinks they have read but prob­a­bly has­n't.

For ex­am­ple, if I say "S­in­bad the Sailor", does it mean any­thing to you in the con­text of "The Count of Mon­te­cristo"? No? Then you have not read it. You may have read it on com­ic book for­m, or some ex­cerp­t, or maybe clif­f's notes, but you have not read the re­al thing.

I loved the at­ten­tion to de­tail­s, like con­coct­ing a rea­son­able way to sim­u­late a stock mar­ket cri­sis (a cute us­age of what's now called a "Man in the Mid­dle" se­cu­ri­ty ex­ploit!), or how a cer­tain char­ac­ter is al­ways de­scribed in ways that make you think she's a les­bian, but with­out ev­er re­al­ly say­ing it out loud.

All in al­l, a great book to have read. But I would rec­om­mend those who want to read it to in­ves­ti­gate and find a more mod­ern trans­la­tion than project Guten­berg's.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Captain Nemo, #2)

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The prose is not easy to read, be­cause of the book's age, but it's what it is, and it's a clas­sic tale.

Should a kid read it? No. He should prob­a­bly try a mod­ern­ized or abridged ver­sion if there's any good ones. But some old­er kids may en­joy the im­mer­sion in an­oth­er era that comes from it.

Al­so, it's writ­ten pret­ty much like a blog, if you want to be all hip about it ;-)


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Some may com­plain about the sci­ence in the book and they would be right. I will com­plain about some­thing else: the plot and the writ­ing.

Not on­ly is the plot fu­eled by co­in­ci­dence in a scale that would make any­one no­tice (ex­am­ples? the jour­nal­ist is the son of the bad guy bil­lion­aire *and* the old flame of the ar­chi­tec­t/­ex­per­i­men­tal sub­ject who is the sis­ter of the bad guys's CFO kind of co­in­ci­dences).

There is al­so the ran­dom de­tailed de­scrip­tion of things that don't mat­ter in the least, but al­so make no sense. Here's the de­crip­tion of Alan the door­man:

"When Ally and Knickers walked into her lobby, Alan, the morning doorman, was there, just arrived, tuning
his blond acoustic guitar.
Watching over her condominium building was his day job, but writing a musical for Off Broadway (about
Billy the Kid) was his dream. He was a tall, gaunt guy with a mane of red hair he kept tied back in a ponytail
while he was in uniform and on duty. Everybody in the building was rooting for him to get his show mounted,
and he routinely declared that he and his partner were this close to getting backers. "We're gonna have the
next Rent, so you'd better invest now" was how he put it. Alan had the good cheer of a perpetual optimist and
he needed it, given the odds he was up against."

Then he pats the dog and exchanges two phrases with the protagonist.

I marvel at the idea of a doorman that's allowed to play guitar on the lobby on working hours. With this introduction you may wonder what role Alan plays in the plot. Well, let me quote the only other mention of Alan in the whole book. It comes very near the end.

"The condominium no longer had a doorman. In hopes of trimming costs, the condo board had sent out a secret
ballot on the subject. By a narrow margin the owners had voted to dispense with that particular frill. Although
she missed Alan and his early morning optimism about his Off-Broadway hopes, she realized the economy
was probably timely. "

I rest my case. The plot is just lazy, the science is contrived, and the writing lame. Not a good book.

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