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BobQuasit

BobQuasit@bookwyrm.social

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I'm an old reader who loved older books even as a child. And my memory is unusually good. So my head is filled with thousands of books: older science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, YA fiction, children's fiction, humor, classics...I made a lot of book recommendations over on Reddit as BobQuasit over the years, since there weren't many people speaking up for older books. I'm hoping to find some place to be able to recommend books again!

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A. Christie: Big Four (2017, imusti, Harper Collins Publishers) 3 stars

They are a vicious international quartet of criminals known as "The Big Four". Number One …

An early and fairly patchy Poirot outing

3 stars

An early effort from Agatha Christie, featuring Hercule Poirot. A fix-up of a number of short stories, it's as much a thriller as a mystery. Not one of her best by any means and a bit cringeworthy, but acceptable. Plus, it's free. The best-formatted free editions I know of are available through Standard eBooks at standardebooks.org/ebooks/agatha-christie/the-big-four .

finished reading Big Four by A. Christie

A. Christie: Big Four (2017, imusti, Harper Collins Publishers) 3 stars

They are a vicious international quartet of criminals known as "The Big Four". Number One …

And early effort from Agatha Christie featuring Hercule Poirot. A fix-up of a number of short stories, it's as much thriller as mystery. Not one of her best by any means, but acceptable. Plus, it's free. The best-formatted free editions I know of are available through Standard eBooks at standardebooks.org/ebooks/agatha-christie/the-big-four .

Content warning Spoilers

A classic collection of four novelettes about a starship and its crew. One thing that has always puzzled me is Jay Score, the title character of the first novelette. Does he end up being a cyborg with his brain in an Android body, or a full-on robot with nothing left of the original character? The book says robot, but that doesn't feel right and back then the differentiation between cyborgs, androids, and robots was not really settled.

Raymond F. Jones: This Island Earth (Paperback, 1991, Grafton) 4 stars

This Island Earth is a 1952 science fiction novel by American writer Raymond F. Jones. …

An imaginative story of intergalactic war

4 stars

Surprisingly good. The first half is quite like the movie that was based on the book; exciting and interesting. The second half is quite different. There's a bit of protagonist stupidity that's annoying, as it always is. But the resolution is satisfying, albeit a little abrupt.

Raymond F. Jones: This Island Earth (Paperback, 1991, Grafton) 4 stars

This Island Earth is a 1952 science fiction novel by American writer Raymond F. Jones. …

Surprisingly good. The first half is quite like the movie that was based on the book; exciting and interesting. The second half is quite different. There's a bit of protagonist stupidity that's annoying, as it always is. But the resolution is satisfying, albeit a little abrupt.

Lawrence Watt-Evans, Lawrence Watt-Evans: Stone Unturned: A Legend of Ethshar (Paperback, 2018, Wildside Press) 5 stars

An absolute delight!

5 stars

Lawrence Watt-Evans' Ethshar is better than ever. His protagonists are intelligent, decent people who deal with interesting problems and situations. This novel begins as stories in the original fantasy world of Ethshar from the viewpoint of several different characters, one chapter at a time. It's a great read to see how things come together. It's not predictable or stale; I enjoyed every page and looked forward to see what was going to happen next. Bravo!

Maurice Sendak: Nutshell Library (1962) 5 stars

Nutshell Library: A precious, tiny little collection of four wonderful books for the very young

5 stars

A boxed collection of four books which will fit in the palm of your hand, the Nutshell Library includes Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre, One was Johnny, and Alligators All Around. Sendak is, of course a national treasure and this collection is very special indeed. It was also the basis for the Really Rosie television special, which is available free on YouTube.

Maurice Sendak: Pierre (1991, HarperTrophy) 3 stars

The story of Pierre, a little boy whose response to every question, sugeestion, or statement …

Pierre: A sweet tale of just desserts

5 stars

One of the four tiny books that make up Maurice Sendak's Nutshell Library, as well as the inspiration for Carol King's wonderful song of the same name from the television special, which is free to watch on YouTube. As with the rest of the Nutshell Library, I read this one to my son as a toddler; we both loved it, of course. Who wouldn't enjoy reading about an obstinate boy being devoured by a hungry lion, after all? 😁

Harry Harrison: Star Smashers Of The Galaxy Rangers (2006, Benbella Books) 4 stars

The greatest parody of epic space opera ever written!

5 stars

Just a laugh-out-loud parody of classic, epic space opera ever written. A pair of All-American young high-school geniuses invent an interstellar drive and head out (unintentionally) into the cosmos, along with a couple of unforeseen stowaways. Far out in space, they stumble into eons-long wars between alien species of unimaginable power - and malevolence, in some cases. But our plucky heroes are indomitable in the face of certain doom.

If you've read any of the stuff from the good old days, you'll find yourself laughing again and again. It re-reads well, too!