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Then again revolutions to be bloody and two sided even when one side is again revolutions tend to be bloody and two sided even when one side is in the wrong before they begin otherwise there d be no need for them Perhaps that s the point However an unlikable a political narrator also means that the novel to today s reader sensitive to racial issues can t even The Future of English Teaching Worldwide hide behind itseart s in the right place Its Between heart isn t in the right place the narrator s full of flaws andis pov therefore is not at all PC At least there s a certain integrity to the narrator not Sigrid Liljeholm having much of a political opinion on the thingse sees that leaves the politics up to the reader But I also thought of Leiber flying along behind the white flag of the neutral angels in Dante s InfernoStill three stars for the jollity the alliterations the exuberant writing style and some of the satire which works in a Like the skeletal spectre protagonist of this book the bones are strong The general concept is funny and probably culturally relevant and insightful for the time it was written late 60s but the story is weak and generally obnoxious The main character is comically misogynistic and detached from the entire plot of the book Up until the end of the book all David Starr Space Ranger he wants to do is pork two women and eventually marry both at the same time Spoiler bigamyappens and it s cool because they re an advanced society living in a space station and social arrangements like tricking two women into being your wives is very progressive as we all know So aside from two chicks at the same time the other major theme is all Texans are oil blooded fascists which is really pretty funny at first but is also just so one dimensional that it become uninteresting uickly In fact all characters are extremely flat All Texans are bad dumb and dim witted morons trying to control the world There is only Crusader conspiracy Banner books halfearted attempt to provide nuance to any of the characters which makes the novel a boring chronicle of meaningless events All of this is disappointing because the idea of a future North America run by a Texan
*State Could Be Incredibly Interesting *could be incredibly interesting would be much funnier if just one dose of subtlety were allowed Unfortunately each page turn left me disappointed and I was The Book of Earths: Hollow Earth, Ancient Maps, Atlantis, and Other Theories (Forgotten Books) happy to be done with this weird little piece of sci fiistory One of those old anti racist satires that An English Translation of Fa Tsangs Commentary on the Awakening of Faith happen to be full of racism which makes it a bit of an annoying read especially at the top The broad comedy often fails and the big ideas tend to turn out a little neat which can be for the better or for the worst depending onow you feel about thatBy the end I guess this is spoilers in some sense but only broadly it turns into a story about the victory of anarchist and socialist societies over capitalism explicit Texan fascism and their need to focus on cleaning up the radiactive wasteland they inhabit which is pretty chillIt s maybe just what I Gauntlet A Novel of International Intrigue have been reading lately but the total lack of consideration of climate change is pretty strange It wasn t obviously the clear threat then that it is today but it just feels off to set a story in the future with our contemporary continental geography still explicitly intact Going back to an imaginary where nuclear weapons made the world a target is a little bizarre Because youave to aim for and attempt to The University of Chicago Spanish English English Spanish Dictionary hit a target What we know now is that no oneas to press the red button we simply I magnifici dieci have to organize our global society around the profit motive to turn the world to soupMy only previous experience with Leiber is the librivox audiobook of The Big Time which I thought was very good As annoying as this was to read it cementsim in my mind as a joyful prose stylist who deserves consideration alongside Clifford D Simak and I am looking forward to seeing what else The Happiness Secrets Of Joel Osteen he wrote A fun satire with goofy characters and laughable societies in space and on Earth Light reading and dated but fun. Aty Texas was bossWith the coming of the 3rd World War the atomization of Washington New York San Francisco so forth secrecy became unnecessary Texas escaped the USA's nuclear destruction because of the foresight of Lyndon I An emormous bunker known as the Houston Carlsbad Caverns Denver Kansas City Little Rock Pentagram now referred to simply as the Texas Bunkerad saved the eartland during a war that destroyed the American coasts Europe Russia China Africa Texas then conuered the rest of the continent tho Hawaii Cuba remain stubbornly unconuer. ,
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from college for the summer I decided to get my eight years younger brother out of Chicago and away from ourcollege for the summer I decided to get my eight years younger brother out of Chicago and away from our father for a few months by bundling im off with me and my friend Martin to the family cottage in Michigan I got enough work as a gardener for a couple of wealthy couples down the beach to pay the bills by working twenty Ruhestand fr Einsteiger hours a week and the three of us settled down to a season of sun sand and sun and sandLife in the country without television stereo and the modern conveniences got boring Brother Fin found a few friends and would be gone all day Martin and I would punctuate the idiocy of rural life Marx with rides through the area inis white Galaxy 500 checking out the sights looking for bookstoresOn the road from Sawyer to Three Oaks Michigan we found a bookstore of a sort owned by an engaging old fellow who made is living in retirement by selling books mostly through the mail His ome Farmer Boy had been a farm There was what mightave once been a garage out front This was is money maker books about Lincoln and related subjects Out back there was the barn another much larger book storage area which filled the soul with awe and admiration We being poor and is prices being larger book storage area which filled the soul with awe and admiration We being poor and Making Mentoring Happen A simple and effective guide to implementing a successful mentoring program his prices being I bought this edition of A Spectre out of politeness and because lacking its dustjacket it was unusually cheapThe book a political satire is mildly amusing though it would probably seem dated now since the references are to the early and mid sixties to LBJ and Goldwater Watergateearings were going on then Leiber s satire was too mildOur Panda Bears host the booksellerowever was a fascinating guy His personal intellectual interest was in millenarian cults of the Midwest such as those House of David remnants up in Benton Harbor My own interest in the Turning Points in Australian History history of the American Left was tangent so we spent delightful afternoons chatting onis front porch I impressed that a farmer knew so much Desarrollo de Habilidades Directivas he probably impressed to discover that not all city longhairs were ignorantThe old guy andis paradise of books are gone now Originally I read this book sometime in the early 1970s the best I can recall For those of you who are sci fi aficionados I m not sure I am myself this was the time of lots of small independent publishing Let Dai Vol 8 houses that allowed uite a bit of experimentation in the genreFirst the blurb The protagonist and first person narrator is a Mr Christopher Crockett Del le Cruz is a denizen of the Sack a bubble of space station the size of small asteroid that orbits the moon Time is a couple ofundred years in the future after WWIII and Del le Cruz is a thin an extremely thin An Excellent conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet human selected by near zero gravity to be nearly 8 feet tall Del Le Cruz is on a mission to Earth to saveis family s thespian company Earth is open to visitors for the first time in a century or so and Hoodwinked he s there to take claim to some mineral rights in order to save the company from disbandment by the technical and puritan minded leadership of the SackUpon landing in Dallase is surprised to find the surviving Tex Late 60 s post apocalyptic political satire After WWIII and the atomic fireworks Texas controls most of the North American continent except for the east coat and the west caost Texas survived relatively unscathed due a vast network of fallout shelters Then there s the ormone which the Texans use to grow 8ft tall Oh yeah the Texans ave turned the Mexicans into midgets and cyborgs but only during the day to do work At night without their cyborg yokes they can t remember anything that appens during the day Pot is legal The main character in the story is Crockette Scully La Cruz An actor He comes from the Cislunar space colony called the Sack because it s a null gee environment Scully is a thin also 8ft tall with no muscles to speak of adapted to zero gee He arrives on earth clad in an #exoskeleton to allow im to operate on igh gravity earth Scully # to allow im to operate on Sloane Monroe SeriesBooks 4 5 high gravity earth Scully to sell familyel. A Spectre is Haunting Texas is a Fritz Leiber novel 1st appearing as a book in 1969 originally published as a 3 part serial in Galaxy Science Fiction in July August and September 1968 Scully Christopher Crockett La Cruz is an actor fortune seeker adventurer from the isolated orbital technocratic democracies of Circumluna the Bubbles Congeries He lands in what e believes to be Canada to reclaim family mining interests He discovers Canada is now N Texas what remains of civilization in N America is ruled by primitive backslapping bigger than life an. P mining claims in what was Yellowknife Canada to get funds for is acting troupe back on CisLuna He gets mixed up in Texas political intrigue a Mexican insurrection at least 2 women mining and Russians who due to the Oeuvres de Ennius Quirinus Visconti, Vol. 3 hormone remember theormone actually look like bears Hadn t read Leiber in a long time Took awhile to get into it but after a delayed ook the book turned into
entertaining read A bit on science fictiony contrivance but long on observations of the uman condition and the Texas condition as well as veiled political commentary on late 60 s America At least we didn t start WWIII back then I The Love of a King hope we don t during the next 4 years In Episode 45 A Specter is Haunting Texas by Fritz Leiber we discovered that Fritz Leiber mayave coined the term sword and sorcery and Mystery: 3 Books in One: The Rockingdown Mystery / The Rilloby Fair Mystery / The Ring-O-Bells Mystery he mayave written some legendary stories but this book is not to be counted among those same accomplishmentsLine to line the writing is actually pretty good and the dialogue is believable in the world of the book There s even some great satire in this book the whole vision of Greater Texas but it doesn t really end upAn Entertaining Read A Bit
doing much besides producing a few laughs Plus view spoilerthe sexism is laid on a bit too thickmuch besides producing a few laughs Plus view spoilerthe sexism is laid on a bit too thick really convince us that it s part of the satire and the main character is an annoying arrogant and naive jerk who just wants to Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement Pivotal Moments in American History have earth sex at the expense of far important thingside spoiler A brilliant blend of science fiction and Aliens Music of the Spears Aliens horror Fritz Leiber creates a uniue world allis own and effortlessly brings you along Fritz Leiber evidently far from sober writes a bizarre and ill conceived satire on George W Bush s America and then manages to get out of Made in Yorkshire Series Box Set ( his time machine in the wrong decade Well that s the most plausible explanation I ve come up with so far Since I m writing a semi satirical subversive attack novel I ve been reading like minded novels out of the past to feel some community and perhaps steal a few good ideas Somehow this little title stirred in my memory I feel like I mustave read it as a preteen sci fi fan some 45 years ago although almost nothing in it seemed all that familiar Untitled The Wicked Powers how fleeting is lifeuman memoryAnywho The future as seen from a now somewhat distant past 68 a rather key year looks both interestingly prophetic and totally bogus as I guess it must Some of the satirical prophesies made me laugh some was overdone some unnerved me as it skirted dangerously close to racist and were certainly sexistA friend of mine tells me that satire and Hearts Untamed humor only work if you punch upward at those stronger than you Punching downward at the immigrant the weak the minority those considered andor treated as inferiors women for instance is only cruel and very uickly not funny As I m old enough to remember a time when Polish and Irish jokes were a gas I uestion the maxim but I must say for today s world I also agree There s too much suffering in the world that s too real to me now to laugh at the expense of those I wishad the advantages that I by birth Crochet Projects BOX SET 2 IN 1 Crochet patterns Crochet books Crochet for to Corner Patterns Stitches Book 8 have always enjoyed Which leads me to the philosophical problem Iave with A Specter is Haunting Texas its satire although pretty right on and often chuckle worthy is omnidirectional it takes nothing really very seriously Therefore when it s lambasting the blow Sinful Paradise The Davies Legacy hard uber Americaness of Texans I m rather amused but when it jokes about the Mexican slave revolutionaries we re a little too close to the truth of a conflict that the Trump propaganda machineas created this last year and a Blood of the City half I can actually envision a world oformone giant Texans reducing Mexicans to cyborg slaves forced to crouch through doors only 45 feet Eleven Minutes Fracture high but to joke then on aorrifically racist term for Mexican workers with the pun bent back regarding Blitzkrieg in the West how the Texans keep their slaveseight down is just not funny anyGranted Leiber is pretty great stylist The alliterations the diction the voice of our narrator are well penned Sadly the vane self obsessed polyg. Ti intellectual good ole boys convinced of their own moral superiority In the tortured version of Richard Seddon history known to the giantormone boosted Anglo Saxon inhabitants who rule a diminutive Mexican underclass the original Texas Make Your Own Lunch had secretly ruled the pre nuclear war USA since 1845 Of it was never given out to the general public in the states who neverad no brains or guts nohow flustered easy that this assumption of leadership was annexation but it was always known to the Speaker of the House the senators who counted in Washington that secretest tre.