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03:23 pm: The Bridge by Janine Ellen Young
Every night I considered whether I would continue reading this book or not. The author blurb in the back says she lectures and teaches on specfic, but she doesn't actually seem very good at writing it. The book shows evidence that it was spellchecked ("tenant" for "tenet," "renown" for "renowned," etc.) but there's an editor listed and it's from a major publisher. Word choice repeatedly dropped me out of the story, especially her choice of word for one group of humans. Her presentation of India felt much more real than the future did.

Aliens who communicate by virus make a stargate and send many packages of viruses out into the universe to see if there are other intelligences out there. One package lands in the Indian Ocean and releases its virus. The virus spreads to the rest of the world. Since viruses can damage humans, most humans die. Of those who are left, 90% have survived the Pandemic and are called Pans. 10% were immune and are called Tenors. Tenor is one of the things that popped me out of the story. Maybe she was trying to make a weak link between Pan and Tenors as music-makers, but it doesn't make sense in the story. If you were going to give that 10% a descriptive name, why not Tenners, or Tens? There are a number of other unrealistic names for groups (one of the things rasfc is good at fixing). The story covers 25 years in which humans adjust to the new world and make a stargate, planning to send their own message back.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 7th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)

Child Abuse Victim Saving the Universe

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Marilee,

You mentioned that the above plot had been presented before. I'm interested. What was the novel? Thanks,

Robert Eggleton
"Rarity from the Hollow"
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 7th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Child Abuse Victim Saving the Universe

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Sorry, forgot my email address:

robert_t@charter.net
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 7th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Child Abuse Victim Saving the Universe

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I think you're not exactly sure how Usenet and LJ work. I made that comment on rasfw. You should have commented there. I will answer there, and transfer your question there, probably in a few hours.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 28th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)

The real you! from a fan!!

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I've been reading your blob and reviews and admire your critical standards. Not too many people are good enough for you and that's wonderful to have such high standards. I like this picture of you! It reflects who you are much more than the one you have up here. Strong, powerful, dominating, don't go in for the superfluous, demanding. You should use this photo!

http://www.boston-baden.com/hazel/Pix/p.cgi?2002+0947-03++947
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 28th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)

Re: The real you! from a fan!!

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I think I've highly recommended several books. There aren't that many that I really felt were bad. Hazel's photo caught me half-asleep. The one I plan to make into an LJ poicture is this from ddb:

http://dd-b.net/cgi-bin/picpage.pl/dd-b/SnapshotAlbum/data/2006/04140-Minicon/130-setup?pic=ddb%2020060413%20010-001
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