Expendable '

by James Alan Gardner | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 038079439x Global Overview for this book
Registered by fredam of Yateley, Hampshire United Kingdom on 4/17/2006
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by fredam from Yateley, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, April 17, 2006
part of the NSS Easter package. It arrived too late to send with the package, so am sending it late. Sorry. Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 2 by Mytilus from Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom on Friday, April 21, 2006
Another book!!! Fantastic!!!

Thank you very much!!!

Journal Entry 3 by Mytilus from Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom on Sunday, May 7, 2006
I adored this book.

I read a *lot* of sci-fi between the ages of 8/9 and 22/23, but sort of grew out of it as I aged. With the exception of Iain M. Banks, I failed to find a sci-fi writer that fully engaged me until this book.

James Alan Gardner has managed to create a three (if not more) dimensionally rendered universe, which can be a tricky thing to pull off in the sci-fi arena. More importantly, he’s done this with humour.

Looking at his bibliography, I am pleased to note that he’s also written a few sequels to Expendable. I look forward with great anticipation to tracking these down and reading them!

Thank you so much Fredam for this totally unexpected additional NSSEB book.

You are a complete star!!!

Journal Entry 4 by Mytilus from Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom on Sunday, May 7, 2006
This is such a good book (which I sadly can't keep) that I've decided to offer it up as a ring.

Tutleymutley (U.K., post int.)
cloggy (U.K., post int.)
4orty7even (U.K., post Europe)
Iojima, France (post int.)

Journal Entry 5 by tutleymutley from Newton Abbot, Devon United Kingdom on Monday, June 5, 2006
Thanks, Mytilus, for sending this - although I might be guilty of holding on to it for rather longer than I should, as I have a 3000 word essay due in end of this month AND it was accompanied by no less than THREE other bookrings (just like buses!) - some of which I'd signed up for this time last year! urk.
Sounds great, for when I can enjoy it.

Journal Entry 6 by tutleymutley from Newton Abbot, Devon United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I got the other essay done, but I've the next outstanding - a perfect excuse to sit down and read this book in one sitting - what a great read! Truly original ideas here. It did take me a while to credit that a person could get quite so angry about a birthmark - but in the end I believed and thought Festina to be a fantastic heroine! And I'm quite willing to believe that Explorers are the only human beings left in the known universe. I'm not sure about the feasibility of glass folk but I was willing to suspend my disbelief - I also appreciated the humour - although you can't make a statement less cliched or banal just by acknowledging it as so. Like Mytilus, I shall be on the look out for more by the same author. Thanks for the entertainment, Mytilus and Fredam.

Journal Entry 7 by tutleymutley from Newton Abbot, Devon United Kingdom on Saturday, February 24, 2007
I failed to get hold of Cloggy so I took it back to Mytilus at a bookcrossing meetup in Plymouth this afternoon. It found a new reader...

Journal Entry 8 by Forager from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire United Kingdom on Monday, February 26, 2007
Picked up at the meeting last Saturday at The Mannamead pub on Mutley Plain.

Journal Entry 9 by Forager from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 29, 2010
It's taken a long time to get 'round to reading this but I have been prompted by another BookCrosser who has it on their WishList. A well-told and imaginative story, made more interesting by the restrictions the author places himself under. Like all Sci Fi the difficulty lies in being outlandish whilst remaining believable, but I didn't lose patience. It's to the author's credit that he held my attention despite having only one, first person, perspective. I liked the technique of using very short chapters, which gave the book a good pace and meant that I read it more quickly than I may otherwise have done.

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I missed the fact that this is a book ring/ray, so apologies for holding things up. Anyway it's on its way now. It would have been a sight to see: the roof doors opening and the glass orca soaring out on plumes of smoke and flame...

Journal Entry 11 by 4orty7even from Kingston upon Thames, Surrey United Kingdom on Saturday, May 1, 2010
Received today, many thanks. I've got 2 books on the go already, but this will be next. This reminded me of a set of 4 books I read in the 70's, written by Edmund Cooper under the pseudonym Richard Avery. The series was called The Expendables and I intend to read them again soon, along with all the other Edmund Cooper novels I still have sitting on my bookshelf from that time ! Check them out if you get a chance - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Avery/e/B0034PYGFS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

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