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Old 04-12-2012, 09:46 PM   #2341
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:05 PM   #2342
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See? They all just blur together.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:26 AM   #2343
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Oh I'm not using it as a criticism of the book per se.
Just something that confused me.
I had the same issue with some Greek names in Classical Studies but it was so long ago I'd forgotten about it.

I had friends called Michael, Mikey, Mike and Mike C. Never had any issue working out who was who. Bikey Mikey, Pikey Mikey, Mr Mike, Mike Flex etc [okay, the last one was a joke]
Same with Clare/ Claire x 5 at work.
And multiple Steves, even when they should be Stephs!

When I know people or have something to hang their name on I am fine.
Multiple Mikes in a book would probably trouble me as much as many ladies with names beginning with Y, but it's easier for my brain to hook on surnames like Smith, Jones, Weir, Donachie etc.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:54 PM   #2344
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What about Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich?

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:46 PM   #2345
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I enjoyed The Hunger Games. Knew it wasn't going to be great, didn't expect it to be great, but it didn't suck like the last book that sold in crazy numbers to teens.
I think the story suffered from its point of view. There's a self-centeredness about the narration that prevents it from becoming more than "plucky teenaged protagonist prevails against great odds by means of extreme plot contrivance."
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:11 PM   #2346
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Sundae, I've met a Yoku, Yoko, Yuka and Yuki.

In the same English class.

That only had four students.

But no, they didn't all look the same. Just very similar.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:26 PM   #2347
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:39 PM   #2348
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Cover Letters for Dummies by Joyce Kennedy
Magnificent Desolation by Buzz Aldrin
Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert (gave about about 1/3 in)

Currently starting Goethe's Faust, which I've wanted to read for years, but never made it. I'm hoping a more modern translation will help.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:34 PM   #2349
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I am totally lovin' on Scalzi. I have Fuzzy Nation but I haven't cracked it open yet.

And now, on to engaging in shameless promotion for a publisher that occasionally gives me advance review copies ...

I received this request from the publisher to let folks know that a book I recently reviewed will be free for Kindle.

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Thank you again for accepting a copy of Steve O’Brien’s Redemption Day for review. April 19 is approaching – and this is a day of significance in the book. Steve will be offering the Kindle version FREE on Amazon from April 15th – 19th . It would be great if you could help spread the word to your book community.

Here is a little write up from Steve about April 19 and its significance in Redemption Day.

April 19 has become a date marking horrific violence in this country's history.

The date is not well known like September 11 or December 7, the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Unlike dates that commemorate great military victories or the end of World Wars, April 19 is about a different kind of violence.

Violence between citizens of this nation and the government itself.

Like most traditions it began as a coincidence, but later transitioned into a date of significance for members of sovereign citizen groups like the Posse Comitatus.

It began in 1985. Jim Ellison was the leader of a sovereign group called CSA (The Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord. On April 19, 1985, three hundred federal officers surrounded his compound in northern Arkansas. Ellison surrendered and was later convicted of conspiracy and weapons charges. Aside from traditional firearms, the federal officers rounded up hand grenades, plastic explosives, blasting caps, land mines and even a US Army anti-tank rocket. One of Ellison’s men, Richard Wayne Snell was charged with murder and his execution took place ten years later as fate would have it, on April 19.

April 19, 1993 the FBI stormed the Branch Davidian complex outside Waco Texas, killing seventy six members, including seventeen children. David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidian group was sought for illegal weapons charges, something sovereign groups adamantly believed was not a crime, but a right. This came on the heels of the Ruby Ridge shootings which had enraged members like Tim McVeigh. Terry Nichols and McVeigh saw Waco as yet another illegal intrusion by a corrupt government.

Following Waco, April 19 became a date of significance for sovereign groups. They would use the date as a symbol and cause to retaliate against the government.

On April 19, 1994 militia leader Linda Thompson issued a call for sovereign citizen groups to assemble in Washington DC, armed and in uniform. The purpose of the assembly was the forced repeal of the Brady Bill and the arrest of Congressmen and Senators for treason. She identified herself as the acting adjutant general of the Unorganized Militia of the United States. Although later rescinded, her call to arms became known as the Thompson Ultimatum.

At nine pm April 19, 1995, CSA member, Richard Wayne Snell, was put to death by lethal injection in Arkansas. Twelve hours earlier, Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols had ignited a truck bomb outside the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City killing 168 people.

For McVeigh and Nichols the date was not a coincidence.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:50 PM   #2350
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Reading Ringworld again
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:14 AM   #2351
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Reading Ringworld again
That sounds like a great idea.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:18 AM   #2352
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yeah, I'm just filling in time until my new credit rolls around for this month. It's been 4 years or so since I read it. plus, I like Luis Wu.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:55 AM   #2353
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I am totally lovin' on Scalzi.
I'm looking forward to Redshirts.

I made an unplanned digression into Triplanetary when it popped up on the public library's ebook list. I'd heard of E. E. Smith and the Lensman series, but never read any of it.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:37 PM   #2354
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Fun series.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:05 PM   #2355
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