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About craigmaas

I do a little web design work and support a couple web sites and blogs. My primary focus is lighting and energy consulting where I use a number of computer tools to help my customer find ways of saving money and improving their work environment. See my web site for more information: www.effectiveconcepts.net

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry is set in rural Australia. Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his hometown to mourn, and inevitably investigate, his best friend’s apparent murder-suicide. Falk is a regular guy, not a super-cop, his regular beat involves investigating financial crimes. … Continue reading

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There Will Be War edited by Jerry Pournelle

Jerry Pournelle died September 8th 2017. I was sad to see him go as I enjoyed reading his daily blog Chaos Manor and enjoyed reading his classic Science Fiction. In honor of the man, Amazon offered this SF reprint for … Continue reading

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Severance by Chris Bucholz

Severance is the story of a generational colony ship on it’s way to Tau Prius. After 240 years everything is starting to fall apart. Not only the ship but the people too. The passengers of the Argos are bored and … Continue reading

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Give Me Tomorrow by Ingrid Stabins

Give Me Tomorrow: A Young Girl’s Ordeals During The Russian WWII Invasion Of Eastern Germany is a memoir of a teenage girl living in Koselitz a small village in Pommern (Germany) during WW II. She lived on a farm in … Continue reading

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Robert A. Heinlein by William H. Patterson Jr.

Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: 1907-1948 Learning Curve I wasn’t sure I would read Volume One. I was interested in Heinlein the writer, not so much the man, so I read Volume Two. But Patterson wrote an … Continue reading

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Political Realism by Jonathan Rauch

I heard an interview with Rauch. His premise: ‘some graft is good’ seemed interesting. The price for Political Realism: How Hacks, Machines, Big Money, And Back-Room Deals Can Strengthen American Democracy was right (free), so I dug in to understand … Continue reading

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

The premise to Sleeping Giants: The Themis Files Book #1 is very interesting. A giant metallic hand is found. The first piece of a large alien robot. The pieces are hidden around the planet. Neuvel uses interviews to tell the … Continue reading

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