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October 27th, 2007

04:23 pm: More Pain, More Cat Stuff
A neighbor stopped by last evening and did the cats bolt for the shelter? Spirit might have, but she stopped in the hallway when I said "It's okay." Shiva and Giorgio went for the cat castle. So I guess there's more learning there. The neighbor told me that the condo org is going to have to make a parking space for his disabled wife on our side of the street and pay for railings and such that he put in (he has a Class A license). He told me that he'd also brought up to the state inspectors that none of the ground-floor condos followed the housing law that was already in place at the time they were built (I knew this) -- all are supposed to allow a wheelchair to enter, turn around, and use a bathroom. None do. Mine's the closest, but the upper ramp is steeper than ADA rules. I wanted it that way because the alternative was to build up the stoop two inches and put the ramp all the way to the center sidewalk and its height from that would require railings and lights. And I'd have to pay for it. I'm careful with the upper ramp and I have the doorjamb edges to hold onto.

I hurt a lot today. I didn't realize how much until I got to Pizza Hut and had my personal pan Supreme and then almost couldn't stand up because I hurt so much. So I'm going to put in the review next and then take some acetominaphen and take a nap.

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04:37 pm: Coyote Frontier by Allen M. Steele
I always feel funny when I type the M in the middle of Allen's name. He didn't use that back when I talked to him regularly online.

This is the last of the Coyote Trilogy. I reviewed Coyote here and Coyote Rising here.

This book is about thirty years in the future from the second book. The colony is becoming more stable and then a spaceship arrives from Earth. The European Alliance has developed starbridges and the spaceship will come apart to make one. The leaders of Coyote have to go back to Earth to deal with the new UN and other country groups and countries. Some of their treaties are not as wise as they could be and trouble ensues. A small band of rebels tries to stop the treaties and tension and danger mount.

This is a really good story, but the book needed a copyeditor. I checked and the earlier books were also edited by Ginjer Buchanan, but this one has minor continuity problems, misspellings (not typos), word misuse, and more. I kept being bounced out by this. Others may not have the problem.

Allen's anti-climax also includes a sneaky lead to the next book, which is not about Coyote. Spindrift, which I'll start tonight, is about the first EA shuttle that went through a starbridge, and was lost. At the end of this book, the survivors show up with an alien.

I do like the story, but if you're strongly conscious of editing problems, you may not like the book.

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