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The Jolly Pilgrim by Peter Baker
The Jolly Pilgrim by Peter Baker
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The travelogue sections of this book are excellent; they convey the immediacy of experience and emotion - both good and bad - that the author undergoes exceptionally clearly, and leave the reader feeling that they have in some way had an authentic encounter with the cultures and countries described.

For me, however, 'travel diary' is a partial and inadequate description of the book. The real delight is the philosophy and outlook espoused in increasing detail in sections of prose between the diary entries. It was a pleasure to read an attempt at a unified, inclusive theory of humankind's past, present and future that managed to be both realistic and blazingly positive. I finished… Read more
The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
For me, this marked a real change in Moon's writing. Not just in the obvious realm of subject matter - 'Speed of Dark' deals with issues far closer to home and 'reality' than either the Paksenarrion or Serrano series' - but also in the style and maturity of writing. Her phrasing and expression seem to me to be growing in power and clarity all the time.
As a story, this was excellent, with a highly likeable main character, a well-paced plot and a cast of thoroughly three-dimensional supporting characters.
I can't comment on the accuracy of the portrayal of autism, but to a non-expert it came across as realistic, well-researched and very compassionate. The issues the story raises… Read more

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