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Tunnel in the Sky
Tunnel in the Sky
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, and a satisfying ending, 14 July 2014
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Heinlein's worlds are so well imagined! This one is no exception, with background so believable not one thing jars you out of the story. A 'coming of age' but with characters who interact and grow, Great, and a satisfying ending..


Red Planet
Red Planet
by Robert A. Heinlein
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Deservedly a classic., 14 July 2014
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This copy (paperback) is the original story without editorial omissions from Heinlein's original editor. Allowing for Mars not being as Heinlein imagined it, this story is rightly regarded as a classic. Sure, it's a 'coming of age' story, but the Martian world is convincing, both as to the Martians, humans and human Corporation.


The Star Beast
The Star Beast
Price: 4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb., 14 July 2014
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Imaginative story from Heinlein. The 'Star Beast' of the title starts as a pet, and ends up at the conclusion as something very different - spoiler if I say too much, but I love what the 'Star Beast' turns out to be, with a very satisfying ending. It's a fairly light-hearted story, despite assorted points of danger, but it would classed as 'juvenile' so nothing very bad happens. Nevertheless as a 'young at heart' oldster I love this story. And just who is, or are, beasts, anyway?


Between Planets
Between Planets
by Robert A. Heinlein
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 6.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Heinlein 'juvenile' sci-fi for any age., 14 July 2014
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Classed as 'juvenile' sci-fi, but enjoyable by any age. Sure, we now know Venus isn't as imagined, but that doesn't detract from the story. Love the Venusian 'dragon' character! The boy/young man hero is believable. Heinlein's world is absorbing, his plot too, with several unexpected twists, and a real conclusion to the story.


Roget's Thesaurus of English Words (Penguin Reference Books)
Roget's Thesaurus of English Words (Penguin Reference Books)
by Peter Mark Roget
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Paperback 2000 edition. Familiar, easy to use., 14 July 2014
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Excellent. Familiar layout, with the thesaurus proper in the first half and index to key words at the rear portion. Obtained second hand, but a well cared for copy, a pleasure to use. I do use ebook version, but sometimes it's easier to find just precisely the right word in print than searching in a Kindle Yet the ebook version is very convenient too. Best of both worlds, good hard copy and a good ebook version..


The David Birkenhead Series, Omnibus Edition
The David Birkenhead Series, Omnibus Edition
Price: 6.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Off-beat and different sci-fi/fantasy., 17 Dec 2013
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This is the full series in one, which I liked. The basic premise is of humans who change themselves, such as into rabbits who can type, speak, run starship engines, be officers, or can swim freely in oceans. The main character is a genetically engineered human-rabbit, his form more or less as a big rabbit. But there's human-humans and slavery of human-rabbits to overcome, and a nasty overall ruler to overthrow. While these aims are in progress, the hero is developing himself, accomplishing all and more his father could have hoped for him. This is not the usual run of story-line, with underlying moral questions. The author doesn't bash his readers with what is morally right or wrong, but it adds a real dimension to the hero's difficulties and his personal growth. This all sounds heavy and serious, but I found the books light, easy to read, and a real page-turner.


Admiral's Lady: Eyes of Ice, Heart of Fire (A Spineward Sectors Novella:)
Admiral's Lady: Eyes of Ice, Heart of Fire (A Spineward Sectors Novella:)
Price: 2.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Off-shoot from main plot, short, but fits beautifully with main story, 17 Dec 2013
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Akantha's story about how she ended up being rescued by the hero of Admiral Who? when in a very sticky situation indeed. This is not a prequel, in the sense that 'Admiral's Lady' doesn't set the scene for the Admiral of Spinewards Sector. Akantha comes from a very different background to the Admiral indeed, which this little book makes very clear. It could be read first, but I read it after 'Admiral's Revenge', and had no problem with the shift in time and space. Altogether, this short novelette was worth the author's time writing and in my opinion, if you like 'Spineward', this is worth reading.


Spy Dog
Spy Dog
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and fantastical dog, 2 Sep 2013
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This is of a dog who is able to do what humans can do. Except actually talk, though she can use a computer, understand what is said to her, and is the heroine. It is written to a younger audience, but a young-at-heart older person who is in the mood for an escapist feel-good and decidedly undemanding read might enjoy this, as I did. The book ends with the kids happy, the dog happy, and the baddies suitably defeated.


Crimzon and Clover - Collection One (Stories 1-5)
Crimzon and Clover - Collection One (Stories 1-5)
Price: 1.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon who is hero and girl with luck on her side, 2 Sep 2013
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This is not a novel, but presented as five short stories, all of the same dragon from his babyhood onward, and the girl who helps him initially then becomes his companion. Having said that, I enjoyed each story, each of which followed a reasonable time progression. I have a liking for dragons as heros, and Crimzon is in this genre. Definitely a fantasy, but enjoyable. As to the girl, she is stated to be lucky, a luck which sometimes gets her out of situations, but the author makes it plain in his writing that luck is going to play a significant part in getting his fiesty heroine out of many of her scrapes. But she comes across as loyal and courageous, which made her (at times) outrageous luck acceptable, to me at any rate. If you can forgive her luck, like dragons, fantasy and a simpler world where swords and arrows, plus some magic reigns, you'll probably enjoy this.


The Cat Who Saw Stars (Jim Qwilleran Feline Whodunnit Book 20)
The Cat Who Saw Stars (Jim Qwilleran Feline Whodunnit Book 20)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky fun, 23 April 2013
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I am a fan of cats, Koko, Yum-Yum and of Jim Qwilleran books. For any first time readers of Lilian Jackson Braun, Qwilleran, Koko and Yum-Yum, this may not be the best book to start out with. (I'd suggest The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, first in series or The Cat Who Turned On & Off, third one.) Basically it has a murder - never gory ones with this series but it has to be there to be solved - and is more or less a send-up of UFO's. Strictly not a serious piece of erudite literature, and shouldn't be taken any more seriously than it takes itself. But I thoroughly enjoyed this one of the series. So much so it is very high among my favourites of the 'Cat Who' series. Recommended if you want a fun, wacky, not-serious read.


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