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Snarky Mrs. Luck!

"VEGETABLES: Nearly all these are at their best (like brunettes) just before they are fully matured."
02/25/2009
Yeesh. Couldn't get through this one -- the main character goes on and on about how folks who aren't militant pro-war are anti-English, and that the military is great, etc etc. Very strident. And the plot was clunky, and couldn't seem to get started (or focused). So it might be good, but I doubt it... and I'll never bother to find out.
01/31/2009
Not bad - though they're not really mysteries in the "you can solve" them sense, the way the stories are linked into a larger narrative is fairly entertaining.
10/04/2008
Fast-paced, light-hearted adventure story. Entertaining and humorous.
10/01/2008
An interesting switch from Twain's "Connecticut Yankee" -- this guy has no luck with technology, but does do pretty well with the people.
09/29/2008
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Very complex and interesting story -- almost Dune-like in its use of ecological/nanotech systems. The characters are engaging, though I wish there had been a single main protagonist instead of five or six, and they're well delineated. But there wasn't anything to root against, in the end, which felt a little odd.
02/02/2008
Not the most sophisticated of tales, but entertaining -- a bit of robotics, some hero-worship, a little romance, and a murder; it's all sewn up nice and neat by the end.
12/12/2007
Is this thing a satire? If it is, I don't get what it's satirizing. If it's not a satire, then it's just terrible.
05/04/2006
Kind of a strange one, compared to Austen's other stuff -- not as clear-cut as Pride and Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility, but it is a social comedy in a way. The main character is sort of wimpier than I expected.

Still, it's a good story, and the dialogue is consistently entertaining.
04/29/2006