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Flashback by

Dan Simmons

It is the year 2036 and the world is in ruins. The United States of America, in particular, is one of those once-great countries that have fallen off the rails. Their army now fights for Indian & Japanses paymasters, the population that is left is increasingly turning to drugs to drown the pain. Flashback is the drug most use to

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The Fresco by

Fresco by Sheri Tepper

Sometimes I wonder why I bother to read certain books at all. Why do I make myself finish them? Is it because I believe I’m a bad person and need to be punished? If that’s why I must have done something very bad:”(I cant imagine what…)”: to make myself finish this one.

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Grass by

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This was an impulse purchase, I’ve read one or two others by Tepper and although I enjoyed them I do think that she has a tendency to be a little preachy in her books. However if the story is good enough I’m willing to overlook that, and I’d have to say that I really enjoyed this novel. Set at some point far in the future when humankind has colonised many different worlds, the majority of this book takes place on the planet Grass, among the insular bon as the aristocrats are called.

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Naked Empire by

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Book 8 in the Sword of Truth series Sometimes you know, people really make me wonder. The Sword of Truth series of books started off fine. Fairly regular “epic fantasy” with an unknown becoming a hero, finding out that he was much more than he thought, and finding a girl to fall in love with as well as destroying evil.

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Beauty by

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Beauty is a retelling of many fairy tales, but with a slight agenda. And no I’m not really talking about a feminist slant here, but about an environmental one. The story itself is quite enjoyable, but every now and then Tepper’s views come on a little strong. Also a little on the pessimistic side Beauty is the daughter of an

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The Pillars of Creation by

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Terry Goodkind
A very wierd book, imo. Almost nothing at all about Richard, instead it is all about his half-sister Jenn.

I have such an ambivalent attitude towards this series. I quite enjoy reading them but the political and philosophical meaning behind the stories is almost the exact opposite of everything I would believe in.
In Wizard’s First Rule for example the basic premise was that people are stupid. That mob rule always wins out, and by being able to manipulate that you can guide people into believing almost anything.

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