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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
Colin Falconer - Historical Romance in Spain's Golden Age
FEATURED AUTHOR - Colin Falconer has published twenty-six novels so far, and been lucky enough to have them translated into 23 languages. (Real ones too, not just Esperanto and cockney rhyming slang.) In between leaving school and securing his latest publishing deal, he found time to chase black witches across Mexico, travel the silk road, and occasionally play the guitar in bars. His only claim to fame from those days is completing all the verses of ‘All You Need is Love’ during a bar fight in the Stella Maris… Read more