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SusannaG

SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %

Review: Farside

Farside - Ben Bova

I picked this up at my local library, as it looked like it had an interesting premise.

 

The writing, however, is highly pedestrian, featuring klunky dialogue and exceptionally short chapters.  The characterization is very flat, often limited to the character's sex potential ("the leggy inspector," etc.).

 

Additionally, however, its women are straight out of 1950s pulp science fiction.

 

No woman actually handles being date raped like it was no big deal, Mr. Bova.

 

I now know why some people have "Bova bans."  Count me as one of them.