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A Deepness in the Sky [AMAZON]
I Rate It: *****
Let me start by saying that this was the first fiction book I've read in a long time, so that may have some effect on my review. Of course, my excitement at reading a fiction book would probably be counteracted by my high expectations, so actually this should be pretty accurate. I really enjoyed this book. The two main story lines, told from the viewpoints of multiple characters, were presented and innertwined and resolved with excellence. Vinge provides thoughtful predictions of the future, and presents questions and possible direction for those with an eye on What Comes Next.
The length of the book does make it somewhat intimidating, and it took me the first 50-75 pages to really get into the story, but I'm glad I persevered.
Journey to the Center of the Earth [AMAZON] [LINK]
I Rate It: ****-
I probably would have never gotten around to reading this Classic, but it jumped out at me when I was looking for a new book to read at DailyLit. I was impressed by the bits of humor, which were a welcome change after reading The Time Machine. I was a little disappointed by the way the author chose not to resolve some of the problems the main character faced -- instead he would wake up and the problem would be mysteriously solved. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the writing and adventure of the book, and would definitely recommend it. Since the book is in the Public Domain, you can read it or download it for free at Project Gutenberg.
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