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Bad Cat by Jim Edgar
Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb
(Invasion of) The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
The Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber
Cork Boat by John Pollack
The Cylons' Secret by Craig Shaw Gardner
Fighting Angel by Pearl S. Buck
The Floppy Friends Go to the Beach by Nancy E. Krulik
Ghost Girl by Torey Hayden
The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa
How Long Has This Been Going On? by Ethan Mordden
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd
McTeague by Frank Norris
Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
Mr. Bounce by Roger Hargreaves
Mr. Funny by Roger Hargreaves
Mr. Noisy by Roger Hargreaves
Mr. Small by Roger Hargreaves
The Museum at Purgatory by Nick Bantock
Not Before Sundown by Johanna Sinisalo
Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber
Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam
Sagittarius is Bleeding by Peter David
The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra
Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaasen
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Wilcox Quilts by Robert J. Schleck

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Derrick For Dinner
Indoor Picnic
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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for The Cylon's Secret

The Cyclons' SecretThe Cylons' Secret: 01/01/07

Last month I was one of a lucky few to be given two books based on the new Battlestar Galactica series. In order of publication, The Cylons' Secret is the second book. While the cover art may sport "Number Six" looking both beautiful and menacing, she has nothing (thank goodness!) to do with the plot.

In fact, there are only three characters from the series in this book, the rest are new characters as this is a prequel right in the middle of that time listed as "The Cylons Send No One" in the opening credits of season one. Save for the invention of four ships larger than the Battlestars, the tries to connect the dots left in the flash backs of Tigh, Adama and Zarek's lives. While the story itself may not be canonical (good novelizations rarely are) it does offer interesting interpretations of these three characters that adds something to their characterization in the series.

The story itself reminded me a bit of Alan Dean Foster's interpretation of The Black Hole (1979) as it is told from the perspective of a group of outsiders trying to find the truth behind a station long since forgotten and apparently populated both by humans and Cylons. I liked how Gardener explores the tension between the four humans and the companions. Also some of the choices that the Cylons make for how the treat humans in this book provide some possible explanations for why the future Cylons "evolved" as they have.

Trader Joe's FloatHappiness is Watching the Rose Parade for New Year's Day:

Another year has ended and a new one begun. Last night we had a subdued party. Ian and I tried to work on the traditional jigsaw puzzle but with his cold and my fatigue we didn't get anything beyond the outlining edge. Most years we actually finish the puzzle. This year we just weren't up to the task.

Ian's cold contributed to a lot of loud snoring. Since we had a long drive today and I wasn't sure I would be able to sleep (I just felt awake), I went back downstairs to sleep on the couch. While I didn't sleep well, I did actually sleep. Ian and Harriet woke me up at just past seven and I had to think for a moment before I knew where I was!

Harriet and I had a nice snuggle under the blankets while she ate. Together we watched the pre show for the Tournament of Roses Parade. By the time that the parade was ready to start, Sean had come down stairs too with his duvet and the three of us snuggled together on the couch.

After the parade we packed (Ian did an excellent job!) and had our traditional bagels and lox for brunch. By noon we were packed and on the road. Traffic was light but Harriet needed a number of stops for diaper changes and nursing. Each stop ate up half an hour and we finally stopped just outside of Tracy for dinner. A trip that could have taken five hours ended up taking more like eight or nine because of the extra time we needed. At least the drive was relatively easy and stress free.

Steps: 3500



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