Jun
22
2019
0

Book of the Week: Between Two Scorpions.

Just grabbed it now: Between Two Scorpions is from my old buddy Jim Geraghty from the Life*. If you haven’t figured out yet that it’s an espionage thriller… um, it’s an espionage thriller. I look forward to finishing it.

Moe Lane

*Since such things must be said, these days: Jim hasn’t sent me a copy of the book, or done anything to shill it to me. I’m putting this up because I want to.

Jun
15
2019
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Book of the Week: Bears Want to Kill You.

Not using an Amazon link, because bullshittery regarding Amazon links is why Ethan Nicolle’s Bears Want To Kill You is the Book of the Week to begin with. Short version: Nicolle (you probably know him as the guy involved with AXE COP and the Babylon Bee) is in some Kafkaesque, Catch-22 loop with Amazon over his book, and it’s getting old. Doesn’t help that the aforementioned bullshittery by Amazon is all probably automated, too.

I like the service, all in all: but this is why in the end you have to have a human to pick up the phone, Mr. Bezos. Because a human could have solved this problem in about five minutes, and, well, I know that folks with more reach than me these days are noticing this because I bloody well told them about it.

But never mind me.

Jun
08
2019
3

Book of the Week: Raising Steam.

I’m in the middle of going through Late Pratchett — I assume because of Good Omens, and everything — and Raising Steam was on the rotation. It squared away a lot of characters whom I’m quite fond of; squared them away and had them doing well for themselves. …That’ll do.

Jun
01
2019
7

Book / Miniseries of the Week: Good Omens.

I think I have done Good Omens before, but there’s a new miniseries on Amazon Prime that’s adapted it. If you haven’t seen any of the miniseries yet, I binge-watched half last night; and to quote Harold from Captain Underpants, “So good.” So good that right now I hope there isn’t a sequel. If Pratchett and Gaiman couldn’t get one done. It’d be almost blasphemous for them to try.

May
25
2019
3

Book of the Week: Night Watch.

Why Terry Pratchett’s Night Watch? Because it is the Glorious 25th of May. And in memory of the man, here is a link to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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
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
27
2019
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Book of the Week: Salamander.

This fantasy-sorta book Salamander by David Friedman is excellent, and I’m not saying that because Friedman is also Duke Cariadoc of the Bow, KSCA, OP, OL (basically, the man has hit the level cap in the Society of Creative Anachronism). I’m calling it fantasy-sorta because the magic in it isn’t quite magic; people understand how it works, have theories about it that can be tested via experimentation, and generally can’t use it as a plot device. Plus, the story itself is engaging, and well worth your time. Check it out.

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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