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I forgot to add that Eric is ripping through The Ghost Brigades like there's no tomorrow. Of course, this meant that I had to read it while he was cooking, and then The Last Colony and then part of The Android's Dream. I did not have time for this.

I also found my copies of Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence and Diana Wynne Jones' Dogsbody at my parents' place. I'm deeply happy about this.
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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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I've just started reading Old Man's War by John Scalzi, due mostly to Jonathan's exceedingly good sales technique. I can't say I was persuaded by the starting scene in a graveyard, but now that the action has started, I'm deeply impressed. The dialogue sparkles, the premise is stunning, and I can't wait to find out what happens next.


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