This sci fi novel was written in 1958 as taking place in the future, i.e., the early twenty-first century! While that future time has arrived, luckily the world envisioned has not! The story raises issues worth considering. It starts on a planet in another solar system that is just a bit too perfect and ends on the moon. But much of the novel takes place on earth, but not one I'd want to live on. Anyone having familar with the bomb cellars of the 1950's and the drills at school for what to do when the atomic bomb is dropped will understand why/how the author came up with it. It was a good listen -- I doubt I would have enjoyed it as much if I'd read it instead.
This is not a horror story. I normally avoid Stephen King books but this is a great sci-fi story about what happens when a small Maine town is encapsulated. The corrupt first selectman (it helps, but is not essential, to have grown up in a small Maine town) attempts to use the dome to his advantage. The ex-Army Captain, with the help of some very smart kids and the editor of the town's newspaper, manage work to thwart him. All told, a very engaging tale.
I had to listen to this book twice because Discworld is so different that you have to pay close attention at all times! This story about a rich "tourist" and his not really cowardly companion is great fun. Lots of action and impossibilities that require a well working imagination to appreciate.
A close circle of friends is thrown into confusion when one of its members is found dead -- was it an accident or a murder? It all gets sorted out but not without consequence to the investigators and the investigated.
The author spent years digging into the Columbine shooting and tells the story behind the story -- what actually happened that day, how the survivors are doing, and why it happened.
Kellerman's series featuring Milo Sturgeis and Dr. Alex Delaware is enjoyable, although the later books, such as this one, have not been as good as earlier ones. In this story, Milo, the unlikely gay cop, and Alex, the formerly commitment-adverse psychartist, manage to untangle the morass and discover who killed the tutor.
This is the continuing story of the artificial intelligence discovered in the interspices of the web. Its focus is the defeat on an attempt by the US intelligence agencies to destroy the AI.
A blind girl gets an implant that gives her sight. A side effect connects her to a budding consciousness in the interspices of the WWW, created when China shut down web access to its citizens. The girl, an American living in Canada with her parents (autistic and brilliant dad and former professer mom), with the help of her parents, her Japenese doctor, and others, assist the burgeoning consciousness and prevent it being wiped out by the US intelligence agencies.
This book is about an alternative history -- lizard like space aliens attempt to take seize control of earth during WWII. Allied and Axis countries work together, albeit relunctantly, to save the earth. The story is told throught the experience of individual lizards and people. It is exciting and interesting.
This biography of Alexander Hamilton, while really long, is a great lesson about the important figures in United States history from the beginning of the revolt that became the American Revolution throught the first years under the US Constitution.
This is the seventh Masie Dobbs story. While not quite as good as some of the others, it is still a great read. Masie, the former servant and nurse who is now a renown PI, continues to take on fascinating cases with a connection to WWI. Billy, her competent assistant and former WWI infantryman, continues to be an interesting secondary storyline. This series is a great way to gain insight into British society in the early 1900's, the horrors of WWI, and the leadup to WWII.
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