Apr
17
2019
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In the e-Mail: River of Night e-ARC (Dark Tide Rising).

Freaking finally. I was actually whining to Baen’s Twitter account about why John Ringo / Mike Massa’s zombie-apocalypse River of Night wasn’t up yet. But it’s here. If you hate e-ARCs, you can always pre-order, of course. I don’t judge.

Apr
14
2019
17

The Atlantic gets the ‘record’ hilariously wrong on Aragorn, son of Arathorn.

Didn’t read the books, huh, Richards?

Imagine a man, one who lives in a stretch of vaguely frightening forest somewhere up north. And imagine that he wants to be your benevolent dictator. His pitch: Remove the current leadership. Destroy a neighboring nation and kill its populace. Then, conquer most of the continent. And somewhere in there, he’d also like to restore traditional values to the country, whatever that means. And he says he gets to do so because, 40 generations ago, some of his ancestors were in charge. His name is Aragorn, and he’s the good guy.

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Apr
13
2019
2

Book of the Week: The Lost War.

Just started reading it today: Karl Gallagher laid a review copy upon my unworthy hands, and so far it goes well. The basic premise of The Lost War is Let’s send a SCA event to a medieval fantasy setting! and seeing what happens then. And, I must admit: I myself have often wondered what would actually happen. Plus, it’s got a blurb from Duke Sir Cariadoc of the Bow, which is sufficiently gold that I may end up mentioning the book at the baronial meeting this weekend.

It’s a SCAdian thing, yeah.

Apr
08
2019
1

Spent the day thinking about the new chapter.

And getting the first few hundred words down for Chapter 3 of Assault on Malstorm Base. Chapter 1 you can read here: Chapter 2 is on Patreon. This chapter promises to be full of interesting magico-apocalyptic Mormonpunk involving Abominations of Magic and a train! …Or something.

Apr
06
2019
1

Book of the Week: The Main Enemy.

I picked The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Final Showdown with the KGB up a couple of days ago; I’m assuming that what it’s about is right there on the label. I’m looking forward to getting into it. I always do enjoy a good story about how the forces of Good finally cornered the forces of Evil in order to shove a wooden stake through the latter’s heart*.

Moe Lane

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Mar
30
2019
1

Book of the Week: To Clear Away The Shadows.

To Clear Away The Shadows is David Drake’s latest book in his RCN series. It’s not a Leary/Mundy story, but still worth your time for all that if you read Drake. Still not published, but you can get the eARC here.

Mar
24
2019
4

They’ve optioned The Laundry Files.

This is very interesting. Also, cool. Lemme make that clear.

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Mar
23
2019
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Book of the Week: Sword of Dracula.

I don’t know why I have a copy of Sword of Dracula. Well, OK, I know why I have it — it’s a black-and-white graphic novel about a squad of paramilitary vampire hunters trying to fight a blood-magic powered Dracula; this is precisely the sort of thing that I would own — but I have no real clue as to how I got it. Did it coalesce out of my library? Did I grab it on a whim? Did somebody loan it to me? Beats me, but it’s fun to read. Not least because there’s nothing nice about Dracula in it. Like, obviously.

Mar
18
2019
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Tweets of the Day, Despair And Hope Cojoined edition.

So. No more chapters of The Stone Table.

…but.

BUT.

“Possibility of publication.” …Well, then.

Mar
16
2019
1

Hi, let me fill you with anguish (Book of the Week, only it can never be).

There is a book called “The Stone Table.” It was written by a fellow called Francis Spufford. It is, as far as I can tell, spot-on in its emulation of the tone of the Chronicles of Narnia.

AND THERE IS NO WAY FOR ME TO GET A COPY. Only 75 exist (privately bound, I wager, and absolutely not offered for commercial sale). I don’t even know who to suck up to. This is torture.

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