Mar
28
2020
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(E-ARC) Book of the Week: Mamelukes.

I know, Mamelukes is currently only available as an E-ARC. It’s also Jerry Pournelle’s conclusion to his Janissaries series. So if you can wait, click below; and if you can’t, click above. Problem, as they say, solved.

Mar
21
2020
1

Trilogy of the Week: The Milkweed Triptych.

I got Ian Tregillis’s The Milkweed Triptych about a decade or so back; it’s alternate history time-travel cosmic horror that really does need to be read in order. I enjoyed it immensely, and am in fact re-reading it, now that the coronavirus is forcing me to finally clean the damned basement. We’re excavating wonders down there, people! WONDERS*.

So check it out. Fair warning, though: it’s grim. The whole thing is pretty damned grim.

Moe Lane

*Including a pile of old notebooks that I nearly threw away before I remembered that my biographers wouldn’t thank me for that.

Mar
14
2020
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Book of the Week: Empire of Fear.

At eleven bucks for the Kindle Brian Stableford’s epic vampire alternate-history Empire of Fear is a little expensive. But it’s also bizarrely long out of print. Probably because publishers can be stupid that way some time*. If you want to read it, you’re gonna have to pay the price. (Update: Or try this link.)

Moe Lane

*I’m sure that there’s another answer, but I like that one.

Mar
07
2020
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Book of the Week: THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL 12.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 12: To All The Squirrels I’ve Loved Before is the last UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL compilation ever, and I will miss the series. Doreen and I have profound differences of opinion on a variety of topics, but the character was decent, and cheerful, and kind. In a world where superhero portrayals can be often unnecessarily gritty, that’s no small thing. I look forward to reading the book on Tuesday, when it comes in the mail.

Feb
29
2020
1

Book of the Week: The Dragon Waiting.

John M. Ford’s alternate history work The Dragon Waiting will be back in print this September, and this is a Good Thing. Even if you don’t like the publisher. If that’s a real issue, then just… wait a couple of weeks and buy it used, OK? I’ll probably get yelled at by somebody for suggesting that, but I’d rather that the book gets read than me not get yelled at.

Feb
22
2020
1

Book of the Week: Dead Lies Dreaming (Laundry Files Book 10).

Hey, they finally got a publication date for Charlie Stross’s latest Laundry spy/cosmic horror novel! Dead Lies Dreaming, comes out in October. As you know, I enjoy this series, although these days it’s at least partially entertaining to me because I’m not scared of quite the same things that Stross is. I do genuinely respect how he’s moving along to the end of his world, though. The temptation is strong to just keep a popular series going forever, with nothing ever really permanent happening to the main characters. Charlie Stross isn’t doing this here, to put it mildly.

Feb
14
2020
2

Books of the Week: The Yellow King RPG.

The Yellow King RPG from Pelgrane Press is a four book set with a slipcase that turns into a GM screen, and it is pretty. It is so very, very pretty and I am tempted to run a game of it at WashingCon. Although I am already going to be running the Bullwinkle and Rocky RPG, and ZOMG I COULD COMBINE THEM*.

Moe Lane

*Well, I can’t seem to get my hands on any copy of the infamous Toon/Call of Cthulhu crossover ‘Delta Chartreuse,’ so I need to look at other options here.

Feb
08
2020
3

Book of the Week: Introducing Garrett, P.I.

Introducing Garrett, P.I. is a compilation of the first three books (Sweet Silver Blues, Bitter Gold Hearts, and Cold Copper Tears) in Glen Cook’s Garrett, P.I. series. Fantasy noir detective stories — and, yes, I just wrote a book that is a fantasy noir detective story. I’m hardly going to pretend that I don’t like this series, but Shamus Tom Vargas ain’t Garrett. They’d get along, but they ain’t twins or anything like that.

Feb
01
2020
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Book of the Week: Business for the Right-Brained.

I picked up M.C.A. Hogarth’s Business for the Right-Brained  (A Guide for Artists, Writers, Musicians, Dancers, Crafters, And All the Other Dreamers)  last year, and have just started actually reading it (now that I pretty much have to). It’s a good book. It has plenty of useful suggestions, beginning with that you remember that you’re now doing three jobs, not one. Just thinking about some of this stuff is clarifying things for me, which is very helpful. Check it out, if you think that you might need to.

Moe Lane

Jan
25
2020
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Book of the Week: NOS4A2.

Obviously, the real Book of the Week this week is the one I’m revising; but in the meantime let’s go with Joe Hill’s NOS4A2. It’s pretty good! Exclamation point because it was damnably hard to get the free time to actually start reading the book, the last few times I took it out of the library. There’s a Tim Powers vibe that crops up at least once, and obviously a Stephen King vibe, and Joe Hill knows his onions. Whatever that means. I think that it’s supposed to be something good.

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