Small World

Small WorldSmall World by Tabitha King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you can get past the sweaty armpits, the vomit, diarrhea, bad breath, stinking urine and blisters, you might actually enjoy this story of madness. If you happen to be an afficionado of science, physics and reality, just leave your credulity at the door.

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The Republic

The Republic (Project Gutenberg, #1497)The Republic by Plato
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Eye rolling, boring, silly “arguments” that were long and drawn out. I got about half way through this mess, while I could have argued with virtually every “premise” Plato, or Socrates, or whoever the hell he thought he was, the goons that sat around him agreed with virtually everything he advocated for his Hitlerian super state. Very few breaks between conversations as well, so if you needed to stop somewhere, it would likely be in the middle of a conversation. Pick that up later, sure. I’ll just copy and paste my unedited notes to give you an idea of what turned out to be much too much trouble for me. I could have done this virtually every page, and there was no GD way that was going to happen…

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The Devil’s Admiral

The Devil's AdmiralThe Devil’s Admiral by Frederick F. Moore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To suggest the devil has but a single admiral would be to tax the bounds of credulity, but there are swaths of this story that do just that, so maybe the title is just a portentous teaser. On the other hand, a great man once said, You can’t fix stupid, but if this story holds any water (no pun intended), you can use it to unscrpulous advantage.

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A Lady’s Captivity among Chinese Pirates

A Lady's Captivity Among Chinese PiratesA Lady’s Captivity Among Chinese Pirates by Fanny Loviot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a tale of adventure and travel, with all the sights and perils that abounded in 1850’s humanity. Oh, and there was a little bit of pirate action as well. Of course, if you’re on the receiving end of that pirating, a little is more than enough.

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Blue Jackets

Blue JacketsBlue Jackets by George Manville Fenn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The author’s bio says that he wrote juvenile fiction (among other things), and if this is one of those books, then I shudder to think how George Manville Fenn’s children turned out. It’s an adventure tale, with all the violence you could ask for; mob violence, beatings, stabbings, shootings, beheadings and a boatload of contempt that hung like a cloud over the whole story. But if you’re hunting down pirates, would you expect anything less?

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