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I have both a much-bedraggled paperback copy and an epub version and both have been read and reread and reread again. I love the beginning. I adore the end, and I am astonished every time by the development in between.

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I have to say, that of all the heroes and protagonists I have encountered over the years of reading all the schlock I can get my hands on, Caz is hands down my favourite. So leave him alone… do you hear me! And so now, after this exercise in opinion, I find I can forgive my mysterious friend Dominick his choices and wish him well for another 20 happy years of fantasy reading.

Best, it turns out, is such a slippery thing to define — even for one as opinionated as me.

I found a few new books I think I will look into and learned a few things about some much-loved titles. And I will relish it when it comes. As many of you may or may not know I have worked much of my professional life in publishing. But it occurred to me I have never catalogued the books that I worked on. So I did.

I know I did at least one book with Jean Poulin at Duval House, but darned if I can remember what it was; I just remember the dobermans that would circle my desk hungrily. Disclaimer : At the end of each publication I listed roughly what I did for each publication. Revisions indicates that the book was original done by someone else, but I worked on changes, corrections or updates to the new edition. Team means I was a contributing part of the department and my role was likely limited to checking proofs or doing a last minute change or two.

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Production means I worked on a bunch of pages, if not the whole book. Later in my career I was less hands on and more involved with overall strategies and management so it gets a bit confused between Publication Management and Production Management or Editorial Management etc. Publisher indicates it was produced under the aegis and initiative of the department I ran.

Be aware that my choices may not necessarily agree with what may be printed in the actual book or with the opinions of those who worked on the books with me. So if any of my old companions ever read this; rest assured I remember what you guys did… mostly… I am getting old you know….

Canoeing Alberta Janice E. Northern Bushcraft Mors L. Kochanski Lone Pine Publishing paperback — isbn Revisions. Mushrooms of Western Canada Helene M. Annuals for the Prairies Edgar W. Hoofed Mammals of Alberta J. Farley ed. Sekerak Lone Pine Publishing paperback — isbn Team. Fisher Lone Pine Publishing paperback — isbn Team. Lyons Lone Pine Publishing paperback — isbn Production. Wetland Plants of Oregon and Washington B. Plants of the Rocky Mountains Linda J. Locations: What Grows Here?

Problems: What Grows Here? Solutions: What Grows Here? Indoors: What Grows Here? Wetland Plants of Ontario Alan G. At one pint although I am not sure if it is still true or not Amazon was able to erase purchased books from your library without any permission at all. Well as of this week that has changed. For the worse. The download link was gone. I got some half-ass explanation that it was an epub3 file and that I would have to use the Reader for Mac app that my Sony something I de-installed ages ago came with or read it on a proprietary Kobo app.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused. This is due to the fact that this book is in a specific format ePub3. Should you have further concerns, you may visit our HELP section online at www. Or call us at:1 I looked at Reader for Mac later and it had no such Edit::Preferences etc. Of course the software I have is years old as it resides on the e-reader itself.

Sony Bookstore is defunct so I doubt there are any updates available. Now that I knew what I was looking for the Google hits came fast and furious. Seem Tor , for some unknown reason, has begun to package their ebooks as epub3 files. When submitted to Kobo, Kobo then auto-converts them to a proprietary kepub format that is not downloadable. No one seems to know why Tor or Kobo are doing this and apparently if I went to another retailer I would be able to download the epubs easily enough.

The Digital Reader. Other books I had purchased from Kobo showed up but not Hawk. This however means I have to use terminal and command line since the files are hidden. Then I manually added the. Worked like a charm. I will likely fire off an email to Tor as well as there is no apparent reason for this file format. Find the solution and the comments here: the-digital-reader. Another year another list. For the previous two years , I have been tracking my reading habits and posting them and so as not to break with tradition, my first post of will once again share with the world the long list of mind-candy that kept me amused and distracted.

Vinge Snow Queen Book 4 — ebook;. Armageddon A. Philip Francis Nowlan — ebook; reread. Scholar L. Modesitt Imagers Portfolio Book 4 — ebook;. Princeps L. Modesitt Imagers Portfolio Book 5 — ebook;. Modesitt Imagers Portfolio Book 6 — ebook;. Antiagon Fire L. Modesitt Jr. Libriomancer Jim C. Hines Magic ex Libris Book 1 — ebook;. Codex Born Jim C. Hines Magic ex Libris Book 2 — ebook;. Dawn for a Distant Earth L. The Silent Warrior L. In Endless Twilight L. I broke ! I also added in a few paper books which were little more than picture books, but hey, a book is a book in my books.

This year I added a Kobo Aura reader to the stable because of the backlight. The old Sony PRS has pretty much bit the battery bucket and L was using my new Sony PRS-T1 a lot on holidays so it was an excuse to make reading at night a bit easier without admitting I might possibly, just a tad, need glasses. Sony is out of the ereader business and there was no way in hell I was getting a Kindle with their proprietary formats so a Kobo was next easier choice. Subsequently I have discovered a raft of other ereaders online that are not tied to any particular retailer a scam I so so hate so that will probably be the way I go next time.

Once again people, if you are not using Calibre or some other ebook management system then you are being screwed. Speaking of the Kobo Store, they have finally cleaned up their act and the site usability has gone way up. I also dabbled some more in self-published books this past year and ran into my first serious disappointments. I am a massive Steven Brust fan but this left me cold and disinclined to read any more fan fiction. Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos, this was a follow up to his excellent Terms of Enlistment which I had read the previous year, was terrific and I enjoyed it as much as the first — Self Publishing Redeemed!

Bad plot, bad characters, bad pacing, bad continuity… just bad. I should have known from the quotation marks around the book title this want going to end well. And I was burned anyway. I am seriously thinking of deleting the book which, if you know me, is a most serious contemplation on my part. Trilisk Ruins by Michael McCloskey was next up.

This is the first of a 6? Pure dreck. Disappointing enough that I am not even tempted to see if he got better in subsequent books. Which is kinda sad. I was so very disappointed. Adrain Cole has apparently written lots of books in the past, but I think he must of gotten lazy, gone senile or just plain forgot how to write. And I think Edge skimped on hiring a good editor. A good editor could have revived this dismal attempt at telling a good story; because the story was good and I was never tempted to stop reading it.

I just cringed every 10 pages or so at the bad writing, poor plot development and outright laziness in character development. And nothing says bad book to me than being pulled out of a story.

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I will let this Goodreads review speak for me in this case:. But it loses stars for sloppy newbie errors. Minus 1 star for poor layout and formatting. The number of typos and other grammatical problems is astonishingly large. Someone who has been trad published really should know better. I am up to ebooks now. Their main site: Crossroad Press. I also discovered my first ebook reseller — Tom Kabinet — although they are in the midst of a legal battle. Unfortunately they are Dutch so of little use to me until I learn another language.

The world is still in the throes of transition in regards to electronic media with all sorts of subscription models being thrown around in the movies and music worlds. And the first book subscription services are starting to appear, but have yet to break into the big time. Here is a list of publshers of the ebooks as listed in my Calibre library. If I have time, one day I will go through all the epub buds and Feedbooks and see who the actual publishers are.

I suspect — actually I know — that many of the epub bud books are not legitimate and I am slowly working on replacing them with properly acquired copies. So there you have it: in a, albeit rather large, nutshell. Not a complete list but all, I think, we are going to get out of her — except the totals which are found right here.

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Even visiting the Rutherford at eh U of A was a great thrill. The dream of a library of our own is not yet realized mostly because of me I admit but someday the collection might hope to have a home as beautiful as these. Or at least a home. Be sure to visit the website for even more stunning images. Four years running I have kept track of my reading.

For the previous three years 85 books , 95 books , books I have been posting all the books I read. So as again not to break with tradition, my first post of will once again share with the world the bizarre list of literary crapola I fill my mind with. How many this year?

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So here they are, appearing in the order in which they were read, with a few months as subtitles:. Warning Do Not Open this Book! Schmitz The Hub Book 4 — ebook;. Green Jay Lake Green Book 1 — ebook; reread. Endurance Jay Lake Green Book 2 — ebook; reread. Kalimpura Jay Lake Green Book 3 — ebook; reread. Midshipman Hornblower C. Forester Horatio Hornblower Book 1 — ebook;. Hornblower and the Big Decision C. Forester Horatio Hornblower Book 1. Lieutenant Hornblower C. Forester Horatio Hornblower Book 2 — ebook;. Hornblower and the Hotspur C. Forester Horatio Hornblower Book 3 — ebook;.

Hornblower and the Crisis C. Forester — unfinished Horatio Hornblower Book 3. Hornblower and the Atropos C. There is much less leisure time available on the boat and generally what leisure time you have you dedicate to experiencing new things. And, since you are generally a bit more tired, the evening reading is much shorter than usual. On the other hand, that means my ebook collection is up to ebooks. Good for me. Interestingly, all but 11 books were part of series of some sort. And it gives me an excuse to go back and reread the first few books in a series to get caught back up.

I pretty much stuck with my Kobo Aura.

Mass Market Paperback. Only 3 left in stock - order soon. Book 3 of 5. Add to Cart. Only 1 left in stock - order soon. Book 4 of 5. Book 5 of 5. Other Formats: Kindle Edition. More About the Authors. Rick Cook. Read more on Amazon's Rick Cook page. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Amazon Payment Products. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.

Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Wiz Zumwalt and his gang of Silicon Valley hackers and otherworld wizards must stop whoever has created the adjoining universe, where magic and technology both work and whose power could destroy their own world. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1.

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Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Wizardry Cursed , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 12, Evgeny rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. A very good computer programmer Wiz ended up in a world with magic. In the first two books he tried to apply the principles of programing to magic spells with such good results that humans were finally able to successfully defend themselves against magical creatures like trolls who really like to have a human for lunch every now and then.

Trolls, being forced to abandon an important part of their diet want Wiz to be removed from the game permanently. They invoked an old debt with dwarves who now A very good computer programmer Wiz ended up in a world with magic. They invoked an old debt with dwarves who now have to think of a way to assassinate Wiz.

This is actually the least important of Wiz's problems as a much bigger thread emerged: two hackers ended up in the magical world, and backed up by an ancient forces, proceed to do what hackers do in the real world: destroy things created by Wiz's team. It does not help any that one of the hackers in a megalomaniac who wants to dominate both worlds if he can, or destroy them if he cannot - and he has means to do just that.

The book is fairly humorous which actually made me laugh out loud at some points. It also full of puns - programming and otherwise: what do you think would happen to a guy named Gilligan if he ends up near an island? The knowledge of programming is not necessary to enjoy the book. I thought the ending was too abrupt - and quite tragic considering the rest of the book, but I realized that I just got used to modern fantasy sagas where authors do everything in their power to increase the length of their work.

This book's end was short and to the point. I really like this book which gets an easy 4-star rating from me, and the only regret I have is that I did not read it earlier. Nov 21, Ashish rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , kids. Rick Cook's books are very easy reading. They go fast, they follow most standard tropes of fantasy making them a very familiar environment where almost nothing needs to be explained, apart from the one core idea of magic as a mathematical, programmable resource on which silicon valley has been let loose.