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July 05, 2008

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I think that I agree with your rankings of Halting State and The Yiddish Policeman's Union, which are the only nominees that I have read. Partly read, in the latter case, since I could not bring myself to finish the dratted book. I wondered if this meant some horrid fault in myself, but I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person who found it a horrid read.

I am so glad I'm not the only intelligent person who disliked it! Most of the bad reviews I found were along the lines of "you need a Yiddish dictionary to read this." That was so not among my list of problems with the book!

Hmmm... One can indeed read this book independently of what has come before? (ASKs a person who read Foundation and Empire before Foundation.)

Yes, you definitely can. It's even different enough from the more militarily-focused first two books of the trilogy (in which John and Jane are active-duty soldiers) that I could see it appealing to a slightly wider audience.

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