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2017 books: Swift Thoughts,Thomasina the Cat Who Thought She Was God, A Whisper of Wolves [Book #11]

Swift Thoughts by George Zebrowski
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



A collection of scifi short stories by a fellow named George Zebrowski.

I read the first story, The Word Sweep (published 1979) and it did less than nothing for me. In it, for some unexplained reason, when people spoke the words appeared as paper cutouts of the letters. So talking produced much trash, and people had to stop speaking. (But couldn't that be a good thing? If they recycled the paper? Even just burning it for free fuel? Every school in the world would have paper for their kids to use!)

The second story, Starcrossed (published 1973) was slightly better (about a starship's AI), but it didn't hook me at all.

Maybe I should have tried one of the later stories, but the Goodread reviews weren't very good, so I just gave up on it.

Point reached: 6%

Thomasina the Cat Who Thought She Was God by Paul Gallico
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



The writing style of this book just didn't work for me. Published in 1957, it felt somewhat dated, but more than that it felt very, very long. Each sentence felt long. It seemed to take forever to get through a paragraph, through a page. By the 2% mark, I felt like I should have read a whole book already, so gave up on it. (The story did nothing to hook me. It was about a vet who didn't like anything... including animals. "He had little patience with wooing sick animals back to health and was said to be a wee bit too quick with the chloroform." No thanks.)

Point reached: 2%

A Whisper of Wolves by Kris Humphrey
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



I almost thought I might finish this one. It wasn't bad, the story was just too simple and the characters were black/white. Turns out it's for middle school readers, so one step below YA, which explains that.

In it some humans were "Whisperers" which apparently meant they were witches who could speak to one animal (their animal partner) and cast various spells. Some breed of demon was returning to the land, and the Whisperers had to stop them.

Point reached: 34%

Running tally of unfinished books (the math of keeping track of this is going to doom me):
Point reached in these books: 6% + 2% + 34% = 42%
Previous abandoned book total: 85%
New total: 42% + 85% = 127% / 1 book + 27% towards next (running total of three book total + 27% towards the next)
Tags: 2017 books, book review, book: a whisper of wolves, book: swift thoughts, book: thomasina the cat who thought she
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