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Mesg #88 "Cathy's Log"
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Fri Jun-25-10 09:49 AMby cachance

I'm going for at least 50. I estimate that's what I normally do anyway, but this will be a good way to keep track.

Note: entries marked with * indicate I couldn't finish the book.

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Mesg #142 "RE: Cathy's Log"
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Thu Jan-14-10 04:19 PMby cachance

1/13: Completed The Bourne Supremacy by Ludlum.

This is a classic thriller, but I had the hardest time getting around to reading the ending. Maybe because I knew Bourne would survive and I didn't care enough about the other characters to find out if they did. I also found the politics convoluted and confusing.

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Mesg #146 "RE: Cathy's Log"
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I felt that this book lacked a lot compared to the first one... but I haven't been able to put my finger on it. (I think I read it last summer, so the details aren't fresh in my mind.)

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Mesg #147 "RE: Cathy's Log"
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I quite agree. For me, there were a number of drawbacks: the convoluted politics underlying the "mission", unsympathetic characters, and Marie's whiney behavior.

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Mesg #148 "RE: Cathy's Log"
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Ooh, I definitely remember the whiney behavior.

Also, I'm not sure this is something that I could legitimately hold against the book, but I didn't like that the setting was so different from before. I guess I felt like it didn't fit in with my mental picture of what a Bourne book should be like, based on the first one. You know, traipsing around Europe.

Which reminds me that I didn't like how Carlos just disappeared and a new villain stepped in. (Or am I forgetting something?)

I still liked the novel well enough, though. Not as fantastic as the first one, but better than the third one, in my opinion. (That one I had a hard time finishing.)

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Mesg #168 "Space Viking"
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Finished Space Viking by H. Beam Piper today, 1/19/10.

Light, easy reading. Limited characterization, limited description and setting with some notable exceptions. This novel dates from the early 1960's. I wonder if my father ever read it?

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Mesg #194 "Young Miles"
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Just finished re-reading Lois McMaster Bujold's Young Miles , which is actually 2 novels and a novella.

Wonderful stories and an outstanding character.

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Mesg #269 "The Pride of Chanur"
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Thu Feb-04-10 06:03 AMby cachance

At least I got through it. I found the writing very difficult and never cared much about any character. This was part of an omnibus volume, but I doubt I'll read the other two novels included. Completed 2/2

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Mesg #315 "Entering Tenebrea"
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Not sure when I finished this. Friday? I can't say I like the main character. She's much to angry, but at the end it seemed like she might be changing so I'll consider the next volume.

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Mesg #365 "The Messenger by Daniel Silva"
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Finished this today 2/16/10. Again, a basically well-done thriller, but I still feel very detached from the main character, Gabriel Allon.

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Mesg #380 "The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva"
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Another one. Dang how I wish Silva would give Gabriel some feelings.

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Mesg #437 "8. Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva"
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Another! Only one more to go in the series (until the next one comes out later this year). Over the course of however many books in the series, I have started to care about the recurring characters. Also, the plots are very good.

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Mesg #448 "9. Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the American Family"
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A classic by Straus, Gelles & Steinmetz.

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Mesg #478 "10. Queen Isabella by Alison Weir"
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Sun Mar-14-10 07:40 AMby cachance

A biography of the wife of Edward II. Well documented, but I'd have liked a little more interpretation of just what this woman was like.

Also: schizophrenia is NOT a personality disorder.

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Mesg #487 "11. Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying"
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By James M. Olson.

Good book by a retired CIA operative, presenting 50 dilemmas and various comments and decisions. Also has an appendix on Spying 101.

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Mesg #495 "12. The Defector by Daniel Silva"
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Last in the series until the new one comes out in July. I couldn't put this one down. A lot more emotion, though Silva doesn't handle it well, but by now, I do care about these characters.

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Mesg #519 "13. On Killing by Dave Grossman"
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This has taken me a long time to get through. Interesting concepts but not presented in a scholarly manner. I realize it's difficult to write a scholarly work for a general audience, but the lack of counterarguments and proper citations made this look like the work of a fringe kook.

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Mesg #526 "14. Luna Marine by Ian Douglas"
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Couldn't put it down. Good pace, believable characters. The science comes across as solid. The plot could be tighter, but it works. Have already started the third in this trilogy.

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Mesg #560 "15. Europa Strike by Ian Douglas"
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Nicely done space opera. The science comes across as solid. Good tension. Characters are generally believable and not entirely stereotypic.

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Mesg #561 "RE: Cathy's Log"
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Hmmm...this is week 17 of the year and I'm only at 15 books, need to pick up the pace a bit if I can.

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Mesg #622 "16. Bad Astronomy by Philip Plait"
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Finished this on Saturday. I was a bit underwhelmed but I'm not sure why.

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