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"Deliver Us: Three decades of murder and redemption in the infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields" by Kathryn Casey

I admit I'm big on true crime and understanding why things happen and whatnot, but it wasn't til recently I'd heard about this whole "Texas Killing Fields" thing between Houston and Galveston (grew up just southeast of Houston). I couldn't believe I'd missed all this stuff, but so had many other people in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Lots of info--not all encompassing just because of the scope of things and the amount of time that's lapsed, but very informative and gives you a ton of side notes. saw the 48 hrs doc on it that told me about it (but seemed they were too intent on talking about the movie to the cops it was supposedly based on--not a bad flick, but definitely different and a little confusing...guess I need to watch it a bit)

Book was good, though--that's for sure.

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8/25/15 11:12 A

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Just finished The Dark Forest, by Cixin Liu. This is a sequel to The Three Body Problem, and brings us thru 200 years for history up to the time when humanity deals with the incoming probe from the the Trisolarn Fleet.
This story is not so much about harder and ships and battles and such, but is much more about the psychology of what our species might do in the face of a crisis like this. Turns to, that we suck. Who knew?

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Have heard about "Freakanomics", but never really explored it? I'm exploring some astrobiology by nosing around the sergeant.org website. Lots of neat stuff in there to ponder too?

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8/9/15 9:45 P

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reading "Think Like a Freak: The authors of freakonomics offer to retrain your brain" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Love it so far--heard some of this stuff on their podcasts the past few months (playing major catchup on that front, loved the other books, though), and its got some great info and possibilities I could implement for myself. me likey the idea!

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well, the book didn't make him out to be some sort of pariah like the movie did to up the drama and all (no space nut I know cares for that part, I skip it each time), but there is a great deal of the speculation involved and the mode of thinking that was going on. Gus never wavered from his statements that it "just blew", but there is a lot of spec. As far as they knew from the spacecraft layout an accidental hit on the button could've happened (really cramped and all).

But the book's really good at getting into the pilots, what the right stuff was, all the pilot culture and the wives and their culture and expectations. a lot of pete Conrad at first. you can tell for much of the film dialogue they consulted this book. its definitely worth a read, and even though the subject is by its nature quite technical, Tom Wolfe is really good at making you understand it (or at least try to). Very worth it.

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I haven the movie several times, but always wondered how the book is? Did you like it? And does the book make Gus Grissom out to be the buffoon they made him in the movie? (I will never forgive them for that).

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8/4/15 8:07 P

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Tom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff"

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

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8/2/15 9:55 A

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The Planet Saturn

www.universetoday.com/15298/saturn/

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8/1/15 4:41 P

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Thats some truly classic SciFi!!

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Plato's "Timaeus and Critias"--small read I've had on the shelf a while, dialogues about the self (of course) and the Platonic version of the Atlantis myth enclosed. one thing I forgot about the man's dialogues--he can go off on a tangent in conversation worse than me. ugh, will be painful to finish if he doesn't get to the point soon, but then I can toss it on the donate pile.

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7/31/15 11:13 A

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Just finished Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. A departure from his normal excellent narrative style. But this book has it's own excellent narrative styles! Plenty of great plot, and characters to try and homestead on a Moon of a distant planet that orbits around Tau Ceti.
The dynamic are very real, and the struggles are many and the solutions not easily gained. But a great read and I recommend it highly!

Oh, and Good Omens is great fun to read!

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7/24/15 1:19 P

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I've had Good Omens sitting on my bookshelf for, well, a couple of years now. I think its time to actually read it.

Also have Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson which my daughter (25) loved. Ive enjoyed his other books.

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7/20/15 10:03 A

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Been on a tear with reading lately! I've knocked down two more!! Armada by Ernest Cline which is a fast paced, fun piece of scoff fluff. Our high school geeky hero gets to save the world and all of humanity... join just a few hours! Oh, and he goes to the Moon too. Think about every movie that has been done like this, our hero will reference them all!

Then I burned thru The Fold by Peter Clines. A present day scoff novel that could easily be turned into a movie. A small cadre of mad scientists have created a wormhole. Which is impossible, of course. But they did it. Only problem is that there are some very real problems. Add in a hero with an eidetic memory, and challenge worth of that, and you get a great read!

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Just finished a pair of good books! Firstly was Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. What a great dens up of the End Times! An angel, and a demon, over the long history of Earth, have become friends, and when Armageddon starts, they really don't want it. The AntiChrist is an 11 year old boy who doesn't know he is the evil one. Oh, and it'a ll, more or less, in some way or other, foretold by Agnus Nutter, Witch. It's set in England, so a lot of Douglas Adams type humor.

Then I read the book Slow Bullets, by Alistair Reynolds. It is just under 200 pages, and I read it in one sitting. Really. Our hero, Scur (who was in the Redemption Space universe) is a soldier who was brutalized, then somehow woke up on a strange ship. Both she, and the ship have some problems. It seems that some of the more hard core dregs of both sides of the war are there, and coming out of hibernation for no apparent reason? Add the tensions of the now over war, and some other problems, and you get the idea.
What you don't get os how they solve their various problems, like survival, and finding out where they are, and how they got there. Another brilliant read to be sure!

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6/26/15 10:39 A

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Just finished Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey. It's the the 5th and latest book in The Expanse series. Also Syfy is supposedly going to turn it into a series this Fall? Anyway, it's a great read!!

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6/12/15 2:48 P

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So...I've been away from SP for awhile, and I'm getting back into the swing of things.

I'm reading Foundation's Edge (almost done the Foundation series!). I love me some Isaac Asimov.

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just finished "The best science fiction and fantasy of the year" (2014). pretty good sci-fi out there and I'm trying to get into short stories and seeing if I can write some.

Picked up "The black tower" from my shelf (forgot the author name, too tired to go get it). so far, interesting as heck. when I finish that, i'll get onto "Fool Moon" from the Dresden files. I loved the first book and can't wait to see where it goes from here.

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6/6/15 9:55 A

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The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi... what a ride! I put Life on hold and read it in a day, yes it was that good! Near future, post environmental collapse America. Specifically the south west, and various state are all fighting over water rights. And we have some hero who aren't ver heroic and some bad guys that do their job very well.

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5/22/15 10:40 A

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Hokay, been on a rampage of reading!! Just finished The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, and translated from Chinese to English by Ken Liu. Cixim Liu has been called the Arthur C. Clarke of China, and with good reason.
This book is the first of three to hit the American market, and I wish th other two were already here!
Seems that Science is stumbling around, and "Miracles" are happening on Earth. So who and why is behind these events? And how do go forward once we know those answers? All great questions, and the author weaves a very articulate book of answers!

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Just finished Glory Season by David Brin. a pretty good read! A break away starts colony from Earth, where women run just about everything, and men and non-clones are second class citizens!
So, our heroine is a "var" or non-clone, and must struggle along to get to the end of the book. also good stuff about sex, and the relationship of the sexes.

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Hurray, I gots me some books to read again!! I just finished "In The Mouth Of The Whale", by Paul McAuley. This book is in the Quiet War, and Gardens of the Sun universe. And I do recommend reading them all! But if you just pick one of them up, they read quite nicely as stand alone novels.

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4/23/15 11:34 A

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I'm now reading... absolutely nothing?! Why is that you ask? Because amazon hasn't delivered to my vacation home that we're renting in Taos NM... amazon says they delivered my books.. but I assure you they ain't here! :/

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4/22/15 10:47 P

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Reading Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King.

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Now reading The Martian, by Andy Weir. I was wary of raying this as I thought it was going to be a one character book, and so boring. It is *mostly* one character, but decidedly NOT boring!!

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Well, I have now consumed David Brin's Uplift Trilogy. And stating in on the "New" Uplift Trilogy. Does that make it a setpology?

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Am about to finish China Mieville's King Rat. Not SciFi but modern fantasy. I love his work, and this is a fun tale for sure!

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Just finsished reading my friend's book by Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones Mad about the Boy. Meh.

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Oh wow, never knew that about HG? Any stories to relate?

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I think I want to pick up Pynchon's Inherent Vice, since hubby and I just watched the movie and enjoyed it a lot. I've never tackled Pynchon before, and it seems time.

In the realm of sf related items, I'm reading the Mackenzie biography of H.G. Wells. Not surprisingly, as with many authors, turns out he was quite the unpleasant person in real life!

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Cool. I never did get into the Star Trek novels? Nor the Star Wars novels either? But I know there is a vast universe of them.

I recently squeezed Ben Bova's Farside. It's about an observatory on the backside for the Moon, and our heroes are trying to assemble some mirrors to get info about a planet orbiting Sirius. It's a quick read, and really rather flat? You can predict just about everything before it happens.

Now on to the follow up novel Freedom, by Daniel Suarez...

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I just finished reading Star Trek Novel #25 Dwellers In The Crucible by Margaret Wander Bonanno.

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I just read Daniel Suarez Daemon. A murder mystery count SciFi, set in the present day. Really a good read, but now hafta get the next book, and help he ends it there?

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Well, got some antibiotics and some steroids and then got better, yay.
Now reading Daemon by Daniel Suarez, a present day murder mystery. We'll see where the SciFi comes in... Also reading Marketing the Moon. An amazing book about the huge PR and PAO campaign that NASA and it's contractors put out for the Apollo program.

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Okay... your Captain officially has the blerg... went to Med Bay yesterday, and got some Antibiotics, and an inhaler, and some other drugs... Seems there GrandLittles were pawns in an interstellar plot to seize control of this ship as part of a nefarious plan bent on galactic domination. Happily, WunderWife and I were able to extract the GrandLittles, and thus foil the dastardly scheme. Unfortunately the Fugly Evuls left a dreaded disease vector in the GrandLittles, but our more moderne Science and Mrd Bays came to the rescue!

Now... where was I?

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WunderWife ar sick, not much else to do but read? Started Neal Asher's Dark Intelligence. The first of a three book series, set in the Polity...

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Well Extreme Planets was really a bit of a dud in my opinion. Meh. Moving on... now at the end of KRAKEN by China Mieville... zomg! He's a great author, and this is a great example of why!!

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Okay, American Gods as great!! Now reading an anthology of stories edited by David Brin: Extreme Planets. The idea is that the planet itself is almost a character in the storyline. So far it's okay, but nothing really fascinating?

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Oh... THX1138 takes me back quite a ways? Did you know they filmed parts of it San Francisco's subway before it was open to the public!

I hafta be careful right now we are paying off Christmas, but (as if by magic) the UPS truck keeps coming and dropping "Not another book?!" for me.... you know.

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I finished reading Mars by Ben Bova. I had read THX1138 (and saw the movie) a while ago so I grabbed it up at a book sale at the library. 50 cents. Can't beat that.

When I need a good laugh, I just think about the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog from Monty Python. My ticker icon and background will always cheer me up and maybe you, too.


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And now into a new series, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. The Long Earth mostly happens in Madison WI, 2015 (yay!). Seems that some unknown put a schematic on the interwebby for an easy to make little box that moves from one world to the next. Think parallel universes (or at least Earths). Very droll, but also very well done.

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Well, just plowed through John Scalzi's Lock In. An easy, quick read. Near future high tech, murder mystery. With a fair amount of humor along the way,

No onto A Call To Duty, by David Were and Timothy Zahn. The first in a new series about when Manticore was just starting out...

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And into Phillip K. Dick's "We Can Build You". Written in 1972, but takes place in the 80's. A couple of scam artists build a robot that does an incredible job of being human...

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Done with that one, it took me awhile as Christmas came and diverted my attention! But it was a great holiday with family, friends, and grand kids!

Now I'm reading William Gibson's "All Tomorrow's Parties"... he is always a very mysterious author with very fluid character driven plots!

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Now reading Proxima by Stephen Baxter. Our hero (?) awakens in a spaceship headed to Proxima. Only problem is that he never meant to go!

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Awesome!! Play sounds great!

I read Ben Bova's Mars Inc... meh. Now onto Peter F. Hamilton's newest Commonwealth novel :The Abyss Beyond Dreams". Love this series, PFH is an author much in the vein of Ian M Banks "Culture" series.

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The play was fantastic!

I wasn't able to take pictures, but it was a modern take on "The Call of Cthulhu", and it had enough humor sprinkled in to make it enjoyable. The special effects were amazing too! They did a fantastic job of portraying the psychological torment of the main character.


I am back to reading "Dust" now. I haven't gotten far, but it's quite a bit shorter than "Wool" and "Shift", so I expect it won't be long to complete.

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ZOMG! What fun!! You will hafta keep us posted!

I just finally finished all the Priscilla Hutchins novels by Jack McDevitt. Quick, easy reads, and really could almost be YA I think?

Not onto Ben Bova's Mars Inc. The Billionaires Club. An intrepid billionaire corrals other billionaires to settle Mars. Should be an interesting read, and will be fun to see how the author mixes money and space exploration?

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Here is an article in the local paper:
http://www.heraldbanner.com/community/un
iversity-s-new-production-cthulhu-is-e
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Here's the teaser trailer:
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I'm so excited to see it! I'm going tomorrow :)



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That is so uber! You'll hafta snap some pics, and post some stories!!

Now that I've finished the Priscilla Hutchins series... he just brought out a prequel. So yeah, gotta read that one too... called Starhawk, by Jack McDevitt... They all are a quick, easy read, and the characters not really all that multi dimensional, nor textured. But still a nice read.

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reading H.P. Lovecraft's Complete Fiction

my university is putting on a Cthulhu puppet play next week, and I want to be well-versed in the lore

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Cool. I'll hafta put it on my list. Right now I'm plowing thru Jack McDevitt's Academy Series... I really the female lead (Hutch) altho the plots is fairly easy to see?

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I haven't finished it, but I'm about 3/4 through. I absolutely love this series!

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Ooops... change of plans. The newest book by Mr. Hamilton is merely book 1... which means I will wait for Book 2 to come out and then read them back to back. Otherwise I will have completely forgotten what Book 1 covered?
So now I will tear into Jack McDevitt's Priscilla Hutchins series. I read the first one, then ordered the rest, which are now atop my TBR pile.

Hey, did you like Shift? Don't think I've read that one yet.

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I loved the Wool series! Very fast paced read indeed. I'm about to start Peter F. Hamilton's new book The Abyss Beyond Dreams. It's set in his Commonwealth universe!

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Reading the Wool Trilogy by Hugh Howey. I'm currently reading Shift. It's great! You can read for free if you have a Kindle.
I'm also reading the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov. I finished Second Foundation a couple of months ago. I'll start up again after finishing Wool.

I have an extensive reading list :)

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Done with Blindsight, now on to Echopraxia by the same author. A sequel, but not with the same roster of players.

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Now reading Peter Watts book Blindsight... a very interesting read. Our hero is most definitely on the Autism scale, but uses that as an advantage in this thriller!

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Oh... oopsie. This shoulda been in the Cool Links thread, sorry!

Now onto Ian M. Banks Look to Windward... one of Culture novels. Love just about everything he has written!

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India's MOM costs less than some movies?!

www.universetoday.com/114859/indias-
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Finished The Scar... so now onto Embassytown by the same author! I really do enjoy him muchly! So what are you lot reading these days?

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Done with Michael Collins, now into China Mieviille's The Scar. A sciFi, fantasy, horror, tragedy with very dry humor... I highly recommend!

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I am now reading Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins. You know, the first human being to orbit the Moon by himself. Oh yeah, a couple of crew were waddling around on the Moon posing for pictures when he did it! So far, a very engaging read!He simply calls it like he saw it, and shows why he really was (and still is in his 80's) the Right Stuff...

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That's awesoe! You will hafta let us know when it's published!!

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I'm not doing a lot of reading right now. I'm in the process of writing a book! emoticon

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