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Friday, June 22, 2018

Final Jeopardy 6-22-2018

June 22, 2018

Final Jeopardy Category:

Medicine and the Movies

Final Jeopardy Clue:

Vestibular rehabilitation is one treatment for a condition that is also the title of this 1958 suspense film

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Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:

Vertigo

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Final Jeopardy 6-20-2018

June 20, 2018

Final Jeopardy Category:

Classical Music

Final Jeopardy Clue:

Not in the initial score, the feature giving this symphony its byname was a whim added by the composer close to its 1792 debut

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Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:

Surprise Symphony

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Book Review: Terminal World (2010) Alistair Reynolds

Terminal World(2010)  Alistair Reynolds


Finally!  A novel that I would welcome being extended to a series but gratefully has not been.   A stand alone book about the distant future.  I grunge plunge into a post apocalypse world that then dips further into anarchy before ending with a vision of hope.

Our here is Quillon.  An fallen angel, which in this world actually elevates him since the angels are not such great beings.  The world is composed of zones of physical properties such that going from a higher to lower level entails a loss of function of complex machines. The center of the word is a place called Spearpoint.  The levels include the celestial level, circuit city, neon heights, horse town, steamville,  etc.  After spending years in neon heights as a coroner, Quillon, is suddenly faced with plot to kill him in preparation for an invasion of the lower levels by a sect of angels.  He must escape Spearpoint and go to the out lands.  His guide is Mariko, who has her own reasons for hating the angels.  Along the way they meet a techomancer and her mother and are saved from the skull boys and vorgs by the airborne Sworm.  Quillon convinces them that they need to come to the aid of Spearpoint and at the same time discovers that the technomancer may have a role to play in the restoration of a millennia gone era to the whole world.

Reynolds creates a captivatingly realistic world.    It reminds me of Dune.   

Friday, June 15, 2018

Final Jeopardy 6-15-2018

June 15, 2018

Final Jeopardy Category:

Island Names

Final Jeopardy Clue:

A Portuguese explorer gave this name to an island he sighted off Africa’s coast 40 days after Easter

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Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:

Ascension Island

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Final Jeopardy 6-14-2018

June 14, 2018

Final Jeopardy Category:

Constellations

Final Jeopardy Clue:

This Zodiac constellation includes 2 lines (or strings) that terminate in a star called Alrescha, the knot

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Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:

Pisces

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Final Jeopardy 6-13-2018

June 13, 2018

Final Jeopardy Category:

1990’s animated movies

Final Jeopardy Clue:

Though it draws elements from “Hamlet”, Disney says this was their first all-animated feature based on an original story

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Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:

The Lion King

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Final Jeopardy 6-12-2018

June 12, 2018

Final Jeopardy Category:

Children’s Lit

Final Jeopardy Clue:

In 2017 the Maine farm & barn that inspired this classic 1952 novel were put up for sale

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Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:

Charlotte’s Web