May
18
2019
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Book of the Week: Theater of Spies.

Theater of Spies is SM Stirling’s second book in his alt-history Black Chamber series (change point: Howard Taft has a heart attack just in time for Teddy Roosevelt to win the 1912 election instead of vicious racist and would-be totalitarian Woodrow Wilson*). It’s a nice, taut spy thriller, full of in-jokes and historical references and the nagging feeling that the USA in that universe is heading down a somewhat darker road than they realize. It’s fun to watch, mind you, mostly because it’s not my world so by definition it’s an adventure. Check out the series.

Moe Lane

*I’m kind of making it a point to refer to the jackwagon that way from now on.

May
11
2019
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Book of the Week: Dracula Unredacted.

Forgot that this was a weekly Patreon pledge. Anyway: Dracula Unredacted is designed for use with the Dracula Dossier supplement for the Night’s Black Agents RPG, but it can stand on its own. It’s an annotated and expanded version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, only with more conspiracy and spycraft and a lot of stuff from the Icelandic edition (which had additions made to it, presumably much to Stoker’s eventual surprise). I grabbed it to read, and to show to my sister-in-law: it may amuse her.

May
07
2019
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In the E-Mail: Tim Powers’ More Walls Broken.

More Walls Broken is a novella, not a novel. But it’s by Tim Powers. …Enough said, surely?

May
07
2019
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In the Mail: Theater of Spies.

Theater of Spies is SM Stirling’s latest book set in a world where Teddy Roosevelt ended up winning the 1912 election and is now fighting an even more awful World War I against an exceedingly more awful Germany. Very much a technothriller, only all the cutting-edge tech is from the Twenties and Thirties. It’s an entertaining series, not least because Stirling is having fun tweaking everybody’s noses by having the USA be run by Teddy Roosevelt’s version of the Progressives instead of Woodrow Wilson’s.

Been waiting a while to read this.

May
04
2019
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Book of the Week: Whatever was on my Kindle.

I wasn’t really tracking well this week, sorry. A large part of my (fairly feverish and miserable) time was reading Jack Campbell, because Triumphant‘s coming out soon… and the lousy bleeps know that I’m gonna be real tempted to get it day of release, fourteen buck Kindle cost or not. I probably still won’t. But I’ll be tempted.

Apr
30
2019
2

Rivers of London series picked up by Stolen Picture.

Oh, nice.

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Apr
24
2019
2

Friend of moelane.com Jimmie Bise has a new site.

It’s called Jimmie Writes. Check it out. Jimmie’s a Righteous Dude who is on the same writer’s path that I’m on, and this ain’t a zero-sum game.

Apr
24
2019
3

“‘Salem’s Lot” coming to the big screen.

‘Salem’s Lot has gone to the small screen twice, as a miniseries: I remember the first one. Well, actually, I remember that it sucked. Although I may be remembering a different miniseries that sucked, since it was done in 1979 and I was busy being nine at the time. Anyway, they’re making an actual movie.

Stephen King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot is heading to the big screen.

James Wan and Gary Dauberman, the respective producer and writer collaborators behind many of the biggest hits of theConjuring horror universe, are teaming to adapt the novel for New Line.  

Dauberman will write the script and serve as executive producer. Wan will produce, along with Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.

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Apr
22
2019
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From the Archives: selected poetry.

My SCA barony is doing a demo this weekend, and they needed stuff to show off for the tables. So I went looking for some of my old poetry, and found a bunch of things from 2009 that I put up. I flatter myself that they’re still holding up pretty well, and since I had to put them in print-friendly form anyway… well, here they are.

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Apr
20
2019
2

Book of the Week: Chain of Command.

Baen just released Frank Chadwick’s military SF Chain of Command in paperback, so I thought that I’d check it out. Good stuff: straightforward thrust-into-the-limelight space combat that had the grace to finish up the story without forcing the need for a sequel. Not that I have any objections to series, but it’s nice sometimes to read a book that can rise or fall on its own.

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