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Old 02-14-21, 06:54 AM
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Finished this yesterday; it was almost as good as I remembered it.

I'll start Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix today or tomorrow:


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Theater by W. Somerset Maugham. It's a portrait of the best actress of her generation, in her prime. She's brilliant on stage, and she's a shallow self-centered person off the stage. After having been celibate for almost twenty years, she is seduced by a young man. It turns her upside down, and since she's a celebrity, the affair affects her career. But she's worked so hard for so long to reach the top that she's not going to let anyone drag her down.

Maugham was a playwright as well as a novelist, so he spent a lot of time around the theater crowd.
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I read several books gathered from a deceased friend's house so I am catching up from last summer. This book was a gift to my friend since he was a Star Trek fan. It was very helpful that I watched Star Trek: TOS before reading this autobiography because it draws on characters and events before and during the series. Apparently there was a second five year mission which took place after Star Trek: The Motion Picture and the events of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was treated as a movie taking place on the Bread and Circuses (Roman) world. It ends with Spock believing that Kirk is still alive because his mind meld connection was not severed when Kirk disappeared in Star Trek: Generations.

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'Battlestar' is a misnomer in the title since what is featured is akin to a 'Death Star' but some interesting future tech and applications are discussed. I liked the chapter on 'force fields' which reviewed electric reactive armor and the hope to reduce concussive blast damage.
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My friend was writing so I got him these books. He liked the first one and disliked the second one -- probably because spelling and grammar were never his strong suit.

The novel book makes a good point that after reviewing and revising so much a writer, or artist in general, ultimately has to abandon his work. George Lucas take note.

The writing book was written before the internet but I found it a nice resource. I liked this part with regard to the rhythm of writing:
This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It's like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with the energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals - sounds that say listen to this, it is important.
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I am not as familiar with Star Trek: Enterprise as other series so it took awhile to figure out some of the crew and their characterizations. Quick read about T'Pol, non-violent conflict (Gandhi shout-out!), and an away mission gone very bad but familiar territory for Star Trek overall.
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Fun read with special relativity, twin paradox, and telepathy as story basis. The telepathic connections with descendants to communicate from the ship to Earth was an interesting twist and the last scouting mission helplessly viewed by Tom was truly horrifying. I will need to check the library for more Heinlein books.
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'Salem's Lot meets Rambo. This is definitely a guilty pleasure read.
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I'll start Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix today or tomorrow:

Finished Horrorstör last night; starting The Shining by Stephen King today:

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Very entertaining, brisk read. Been a minute since I finished a book in one day.

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Finished Horrorstör last night; starting The Shining by Stephen King today:

Jack Torrance looks like a mix of Warren Beatty and Charles Grodin.


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I am not reading this but it just came out



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