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The Eye of Argon, by Jim Theis.
Hope that you never read it.


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Yes, "The Eye of Argon" is a classic, but do you really own it?

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Well..... if I did i'd burn it for the sake of literature.


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The <strike>Anaesthetist</strike> Mayor of Casterbridge is the only book currently on my shelf that I have started and not finished. I think my english teacher gave up on me after the third time I fell asleep in class while we were reding it. I did get an A on that exam, though. One of the reasons it's still on the shelf is that it's one of the very few there which isn't either sci-fi/fantasy or technical non-fiction. Also, I have this nagging guilt that I was supposed to finish it and never got past chapter 8...

The only book on my shelf that I actively dislike the sight of is a Visual Basic textbook that I have kept because I'm a tutor for a course that requires it. That's not so much a problem with the book (which is fairly well written, actually) as with the subject matter. The bright yellow cover doesn't help much, though.

The vast majority of books I keep are there because I intend to reread them. This really confuses my mother, who only reads books once, and she keeps trying to get me to get rid of some of them. I think I need some more shelves.


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Biodroids 2300, by C.M. Alexander, Manor books

Not so much for the story itself, which was just poor, but rather the whole experience: The title; the cover illustration (typical mid-70s paperback sci-fi cover); the cover blurb which promised so much; the pedestrian story (set in "the present" [though published in '79, it read like it was written in the 50s], which concerned the 2300 people who had been made into superhuman biodroids by removing their internal organs and storing the organs in a manner that not only kept them alive but also remotely connected to their bodies, which somehow granted superhuman abilities); and the Manor editing--I swear, there was literally a typographical or grammatical error on almost every page.

I kept it for a while as a curiosity, but eventually it went in the trash.

Oh, and also the expurgated edition of Foster's movie adaptation of Aliens. I read up to the point where Ripley met the marines, and noticed that the marines were, well, rather polite. I quickly flipped through the book, looking for the expected crude quotes, only to find every such utterance had been removed. When I finally came to the showdown scene, in which Ripley faced the alien queen and shouted, "Get away from her, YOU!", well, I got rid of it. There was nothing on the cover or in the indica that said the book was edited or abridged, but I was later told that there is a normal edition in which the marines speak as expected, though I've never bothered to check.


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that story is quite possibly the funniest short story I've ever read, at least the 'mstk3000' version of it which is floating around the 'net.

Every so often, when I'm feeling down, I'll go dig it up and read it. By the end of it, I've got tears coming from my eyes and I can hardly breath from laughing. I then feel much better.

Worst book that I own? I have a couple of truly dreadful cyber-punk-like (but nowhere near as good) books about some aliens who come to earth, and so the earthlings put their brains into cybernetic bodies to fight them..."cyber commando" or something.

Utter trash. When I was thirteen I thought they were marvellous *shudder*. I'm so ashamed.


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Am I the only one who thinks Gravity's Rainbow is a rambling, barely-coherent morass of pop culture and esoterica? Granted, it is linguistically "rich" -- in the same way that a bag of fertilizer is rich.


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Well, I rely on word of mouth for my reads so I don't get real trash... And I don't waste cash for anything unresearched, what with the book prices here.

Except one time. I bought The Fifth Sorceress by Robert Newcomb because I had too much money on my hands and didin't want to return home empty-handed.

It's basically as if Sword of Truth's plot transplanted in a cliché fantasy-ish background with lots of loose ends, an unconvincing magic system and badly done destiny/prophecy stuff. And a hero that doesn't seem to have neither vices nor virtues. Stupid and irritating. Didin't bother purchasing the sequel.

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