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January 26th, 2009, 22:03
@benedict: Your brother's books are also available over here at Barnes & Noble. When next I get my book allowance, I'll be picking up the first. Some very complimentary user reviews at both spots.

Right now in the gloom of an ice storm, I'm finishing up the engrossing saga of the political problems of the Eighth Level of the Shellworld known as Sursamen in Matter by Iain M Banks. Either I'm getting used to him, or this one is much easier to follow than The Algebraist. I can't thank Prime J enough for turning me on to this author— he's one of a very few modern science fiction writers I've been able to get into. He strongly reminds me of Vernor Vinge, a great favorite of mine (though I hear his latest is not up to par), with some overtones of Vonnegut from time to time, only much more contemporary. A very amusing and politically adept novel.

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