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Works of E. E. "Doc" Smith (Illustrated)
Works of E. E. "Doc" Smith (Illustrated)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Historical classics, October 29, 2011
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E.E. 'Doc' Smith is one of the great classic writers in science fiction. His stories are pretty dated now -- in his day, magnetism was a big deal and the jargon of telegraph operators passed for techno-babble. Even decades ago, they must have seemed corny. On the other hand, he had a wide-gauge imagination and a gift for writing lively, action-filled stories. On the other hand, the women's roles will make 21st century American readers wince. Worth reading for the educational value.

A Canticle For Elvis
A Canticle For Elvis
by A. J. Ragland
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tom(asina) Swift meets an angel, October 29, 2011
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"A Canticle for Elvis" reads like a Scientology tract: Angels come to earth and bless everybody with cool scientific stuff. The writing itself is plain, suitable for a new reader, but the story might lose anyone that young. Youngsters might like the heroine's too-cute family relationship with her robots and wouldn't care about how new elements, such as the father's lab and teleporting supercar, are thrown in with minimal development. The second-generation Tom Swift books were like this, but without the anti-fascist-government dramatics. An experienced reader over 15 should probably give this one a pass.

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