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A Disappointment, December 7, 2008

Tales of the Grand Tour
I was rather disappointed. Instead of a book of shorstories, all this book is is reprints of chapters from each of the "Grand Tour" books. Quite a let down

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'Tales of the Grand Tour' is a short story collection. The title `The Tales of the Grand Tour' is based on the nickname given to the novels Ben Bova has written in the last 15 years. Sharing the same characters interconnects these novels, and the settings are on planets like Mars, Venus & Saturn.While most of these stories were written in the past 15 years, there is one gem that was written in the mid-60s. 'Fifteen Miles' is a story is about an Astronaut on the moon risking his life to save a fellow astronaut. What is great about this story is that it's a roadmap showing how Bova's writing has evolved over the years.My only complaint is that some of these stories are excerpts from his novels. Since I read those novels a third of this material wasn't new to me. Regardless, I enjoyed rereading these sections. If you're a Ben Bova fan this is a must have collection. If you're new to Ben Bova's writing, you might also want to read his Mars novels, as some of the...
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I was rather disappointed. Instead of a book of shorstories, all this book is is reprints of chapters from each of the "Grand Tour" books. Quite a let down
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