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Re:Children & Violence #23469
03/24/01 04:29 PM
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this too shall pass
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>wetwork. do you mean a code word for sanctioned killing

yup, it gets a hit at OneLook, curiously under the heading "Sports". <grin>


Re: Fact AND Fiction #23470
03/24/01 05:51 PM
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Rapunzel (hi, welcome back) said that Dune by Frank Herbert is (my favorite SF book).

It used to be my favourite when I was in my early twenties (come back Time, all is forgiven, we found the money on the mantelpiece). I found Children of Dune and the subsequent books less interesting - I felt FH had rather lost his way. However, I found the new novel by Frank Herbert's son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson, House Atreides, to be surprisingly good and every bit as well-written as FH's great first and second books. It's the pre-Dune history of some of the Great Houses and how Duke Leto came to leave Caladan for Arrakis. I see that a second prior history book, House Harkonnen, is out, but I'll wait until the normal-format paperback hits the shelves for that. I expect it to be good, too.

However, the real point to this post was if you like imaginative alternative or future reality books such as Dune which wander down labyrinthine and unexpected paths and byways, then you may want to have a look at the Night's Dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton. Like Herbert, he's written quite a lot of fairly mediocre stuff, but this trilogy, beginning with The Reality Dysfunction, is exceptional.



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Re: Fact AND Fiction #23471
03/25/01 09:11 PM
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Eastern Pennsylvania
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Thanks for the book recommendation, CK. I'll definitely check out Peter Hamilton.

By the way, why does everyone keep saying "welcome back" to me? I didn't go anywhere.


Finding a book #23472
03/26/01 02:46 AM
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Wow, you posted: If anyone has a copy ... or knows where one may be obtained ... of an old book, green cover, called "The Life And Struggles Of An Irish Boy In America" by Lawlor ....PLEASE contact me.

I was wondering if you might try E-bay. I've never gone there, I'm too scared, but I'm told you can find just about anything there. I don't know if they have a way you can post what you're looking for, but if they do, you just might turn one up.


Re: Finding a book #23473
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You are too scared of E-bay??


Re: Fact AND Fiction #23474
03/26/01 06:23 PM
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Night's Dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton

A word of warning on this one - the first book is, in my view, a bit too focused on the sex lives of the characters and overly loaded with fairly graphic violence. However, once Hamilton gets that out of his system, the remaining books are really full of some very clever ideas and exciting storytelling.


Re: Finding a book #23475
03/27/01 01:17 AM
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You are too scared of E-bay??

Well, yeah. I don't know those people. How do I know they won't send me a piece of junk, and then won't give me my
money back? Nuh uh, I'm stayin' away--there's too much junk around here anyway.


Re: Finding a book: Source #23476
03/27/01 02:27 AM
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Has anyone mentioned ABE (www.abe.com)? It is a large consortium of independent second-hand book dealers. You can find almost anything there. Often, a number of dealers will have what you're looking for and you can choose among various prices, conditions, editions. The only difficulty I've ever had is establishing a correspondence with dealer once you've found them. This should not ordinarily be a problem, though.


Re: Finding a book #23477
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How do I know they won't send me a piece of junk, and then won't give me my
money back? Nuh uh, I'm stayin' away--there's too much junk around here anyway.


Hmmm, so that's what KFC stands for - Kentuckienne Fulner's Chicken! If you're careful, it is quite possible to deal with reputable vendors at eBay - I have not yet had one bad transaction, and have got great deals in the process. ["He needed killin'"emoticon?]



Re: A cautionary tale #23478
03/27/01 07:24 AM
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On another board I sometimes frequent, someone was asking about Azeis II. The poster had bought on e-bay a coin which was said to have been issued by this monarch, who was also alleged to have been one of the three kings who visited the baby Jesus. I had never heard of Azeis II and was unable to find any mention of him anywhere on the Internet except on e-bay auctions. Granted I'm not an expert on monarchies of that period, but I suspect that if he really was issuing coins and was supposed to be one of the three kings, I wouldn't need to be.

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