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One Disturbing Dystopia: tonight’s SBR review.

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Folks, I read Will McIntosh’s SOFT APOCALYPSE.  Be glad; this means you didn’t have to do it.  I found this book thoroughly unpleasant and really disturbing, especially in its treatment of animals; further, I disliked most of the characters except for two minor players, both women.

Here’s the link, with a bit more commentary afterward:

Now, I gave this book a very generous C- because I felt that the writer, Mr. McIntosh, did his job.  He wrote exactly the story he wanted to write.  I felt it lacked detailing, I really hated it, and thought the exploitation of animals was thoroughly distasteful and would never read anything by him ever again if I had a choice — but all that said, for what he wrote, he did it well.

This novel has some friends in very high places (see my review for further details) and may well be nominated for several awards in the SF/F community.  But I call ’em the way I see ’em, and to my mind, SOFT APOCALYPSE does not make the cut.

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September 8, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Vinny Rottino gets an at-bat; Marlins lose

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Just a quick note, folks . . . in Tuesday night’s game between the Florida Marlins and the New York Mets, Vinny Rottino entered the game in the 12th inning to play right field.  He then came to the plate in the bottom of the 12th to hit, and grounded out.  The Marlins lost the game, 7-4.

Note that this was Rottino’s first major league at-bat since September, 2008, when he was still a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

Here’s hoping Rottino gets another at-bat soon, and this time gets a hit — preferably a ringing double into right-center.

Written by Barb Caffrey

September 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Posted in baseball, Vinny Rottino