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The Election of 1860: "A Campaign Fraught with Consequences"
Michael F. Holt
Progress: 50/272 pages
The Three Axial Ages: Moral, Material, Mental
John Torpey

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Killing Time (Star Trek, No 24) - Della Van Hise

It turns out this isn't one of the disavowed first editions (the lack of embossing on the cover should have tipped me off), and I'm glad because the fact that it isn't will make it easier for me to get rid of what is proving a frustrating novel. For every idea that has me impressed with its originality (and which haven't been worn out even three-plus decades later) there's a problem that reinforces the direction of my judgment. I've reached the point where Van Hise's narrative focus has shifted to Spock, and she just makes him far more emotional than the character warrants (it's flippin' Spock, for pete's sake!). That she has missed the essence of the characters in what is a character-centric novel makes this book a huge fail for me.