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Spart's Book Blog Part 3!!! 2012 Edition!!!

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Hey again, everybody! So, this is the third edition of my book blog! In these blogs, I review and rate (on a scale of 1-10) books I read. And let me tell you, I'm excited about the prospects for 2012! There's quite a few series that I've immersed myself in these past couple of years, and so many of them have new installments coming out this year! Let's see... first and foremost, a new Mass Effect book at the end of the month! Also, the next book in the Emberverse series (Lord of Mountains, ETA 4 September), the next book in the Temeraire series (Crucible of Gold, ETA 6 March), the next book in The Lost Fleet series (Beyond the Frontier: Invincible, ETA 1 May), the next book in the Unincorporated series (The Unincorporated Future, ETA 21 August), and the next Gears of War book (The Slab, ETA 8 May) all come out in 2012! Probably also some others I don't even remember yet!

Anywho, time to get down to it. I've got a long ways to go if I want to keep my current trend going. I read 31 books in 2010 and 48 last year, so I need to break 50 if I'm gonna keep this trend up! No promises though. We'll just have to wait and see.

  • The Unincorporated Woman, by Dani and Eytan Kollin - the third book in the Unincorporated series (the first two being The Unincorporated Man and The Unincorporated War). This book picks up soon after the second leaves off. The solar system is still embroiled in a viscous war between the Outer Alliance and the United Human Federation, and the iconic Justin Cord is nowhere to be found. The book is full of action, drama, unexpected twists and turns, and all sorts of other great stuff. The series seems to be drawing to a conclusion, and I can't wait to see how it ends. This book gets a 10!
  • The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions, by David Berlinski - this book is essentially a work challenging individuals such as Richard Dawkins who use science as a cudgel in their fight against religion, and who claim that science has somehow disproved or invalidated religion. The author, who himself is a secular Jew and an agnostic, examines a number of claims by prominent atheistic scientists, and proceeds to dismantle them. It's a good read, though a good deal dryer than I'd hoped for. Still, it's an enlightening, enjoyable and fairly quick read, so I'll give it an 8.

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