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"As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air — however slight — lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." — William O. Douglas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

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reviewed Hyperion by Dan Simmons (Hyperion Cantos, #1)

Dan Simmons: Hyperion (Paperback, 1995, Bantam Spectra) 4 stars

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a creature called …

Review of 'Hyperion' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

eh? I don't see all the hype. Too much poetry and philosophy/history about poetry. I read SCIFI for escapism and thought-provoking concepts, not for an educating in poetry.

This book was basically 7 different stories with a thin thread binding them all. In which this thread isn't even addressed in this book. Forget it, I'm not reading the next book. I give up. I hate poetry; it's so unreadable and unintelligible, and absolutely self absorbed. Yuk!

reviewed Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Black women writers series)

Octavia E. Butler: Kindred (EBook, 2008, Beacon Press) 4 stars

The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of …

Review of 'Kindred' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Great read; great author. Never read any of Butlers books before. Heard good stuff so I read this one. Wow.

It made me think of things like mass hypnosis of a population, like the Nazi era, the Salem witch trials, reports of dancing for days, and here in the USA before the civil war: slavery.
How could so many people have ethics and morality so blinded from themselves on something as ruthless as slavery. The attitudes of people just didn't see blacks as human; they were sub human. How can they be so blind? What causes this? All I can think of is mass hypnosis, like what happened to the people of Germany during WWII.

The attitude of the people which demanded submissiveness and ultimate respect is unbelievable. I mean it did happen so I believe it. Did they think they were kings? Or gods? I just don't get it. …

A. G. Riddle: Lost in Time (2023, Head of Zeus) 4 stars

Review of 'Lost in Time' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

First 25% was bad. Short, choppy sentences. Lots of contradictions. The words didn't "flow." Almost ditched the book. But, I kept reading anyway, and am very glad I did.

After the first 25%, it was like I was reading a different author. Words flowed, reading became faster, the plot started to thicken, and I was very intrigued by that point. The rest of the book just kept getting better and better.

There were several places were I put the book down and marveled at what I just read. It got me thinking. And to me, that's the sign of a great story.

The story brilliantly wove threads together in imaginative ways. A few times I'd start saying "what ever happened to so and so? Must be a plot holes." But then sure enough, later in the story it was addressed, in a most creative and thoughtful way.

This was my …