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Bugger, I've just forgotten what I wanted to say.

Oh yes, I read two spectacularly good books a week or so ago. John Scalzi's The Ghost Brigades was a more than worthy successor to Old Man's War. Rich, meaningful, and poignant. My only regret is that I need to operate dangerous machinery between now and Wednesday afternoon, because borrowing Jon's copy of The Last Colony would probably require the sacrifice of sleep.

The other one was my first Elizabeth Bear book, Carnival. Oh, my, goodness. Very, very good, although the men-women role flip was interesting. Well justified, mind you, on a sociological basis. I liked it more than the Wen Spencer book with the same idea - A Brother's Price because it's set in the future of ambassador-spies and tech stuff in the style of Crossover. Did I say it was good?

Oh yes, and I forgot. I also re-read Patricia Briggs' Mercy books over the weekend. They are just as good as I remember. *sighes over Adam Hauptman* And there's good news - they are not going to turn into Anita Blake - see

Anyway, off to Paris on Wednesday, so I better run.
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This one was another of the trio that Jon persuaded me to take home the other day. Again, stunningly good.

Yes, maybe I'm just easily stunned. But this one was dark and complex and horrifying in a way that didn't rely on wriggling worms or gore. Just intricate and well done.


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