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Net Force - (1998 book), by Tom Clancy image

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In a world where everyday people use the internet through total-sensory virtual reality, a specialist intelligence agency tracks down murderers and terrorists.

Slow and confusing, this book isn't just a challenge to read, it's a challenge to read with a straight face. One of the risks of speculative science fiction is that they can get very, very, wrong in their predictions. This book hand-waives people being transported into a magical world with no explanation as to how it's possible or what it's like. It is vague in everything it demands the reader suspend their disbelief in. It is awed at 900 Mhz computers. This is definitely a 1998 book that had way too much hope for its future.

This may take me quite some time to read through.

Not the cover of my edition
Not the cover of my edition

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A classic work combining classic works.

I bought this because it's considered one of the great works of literature and has survived into common culture. Though I can see why this would have been popular at the time, especially thanks to the forward saying that the brief writing style was rare, I don't yet see why this would appeal to today's person. Perhaps it's just me, but so far I find the writing style rather insulting.


  1. 1887 - A Study in Scarlet
  2. 1890 - The Sign of the Four
  3. 1892 - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  4. 1893 - The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  5. 1902 - The Hound of the Baskervilles
  6. 1904 - The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  7. 1908 - The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
  8. 1908 - The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans

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Whiteout (2009) poster

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A death in Antarctica spurs an investigation that leads to a murder mystery over lost Soviet-era cannisters.

Decent enough to recommend for a watch, but as I've seen three times now I can say that it's a forgettable movie save for Kate Beckensale being hot.

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The 4400 (2004-2007) series

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People at various times are abducted by aliens only to be returned in an extremely showy way, but with amnesia and superhuman abilities.

A series about as impressive as this sentence.

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To read

  • I believe this is a two-volume set.
  • By Howard Haycraft and John Beecroft
  • Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 57-6099
  • This book is older than ISBN

  • TODO - get volume two?

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