Mar
22
2015
1

Book of the Week: “The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox”

I read the first book (Bridge of Birds) in Barry Hughart’s The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox trilogy… wow, over twenty years ago? Anyway, it was a loaner, I never got a copy, but I still fondly remember Master Li, and the slight flaw in his character.  So today I find out that there were two more books, and the whole thing is now heading to my Kindle, and I suggest that you follow suit.

Twenty years. Maybe twenty-five. Wow.

And so, adieu to Werewolf Cop. (more…)

Mar
16
2015
3

Book of the Week: Werewolf Cop (HINT HINT, @andrewklavan).

This one is kind of speculative. I haven’t read Werewolf Cop yet, because somehow I didn’t get an review copy.  …OK, to be fair, I’m not that big a dude in this scene for that.  But surely Glenn Reynolds is, so Andrew Klavan should send over a copy to him at least.  See? This is me being helpful.  Anyway, I figure I’ll pick up an e-copy when the Amazon kitty refreshes next week, so I’ll let you know then how it reads.

And adieu, Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales.  Good run.

Mar
09
2015
4

Book of the Week: Tour De Lovecraft.

If you haven’t read Tour de Lovecraft The Tales, then… One hundred and eleven bucks on Amazon!?! That much? Ken, for the love of God: put out a new edition! Oh, don’t worry: the Kindle version is eight bucks.  If you’re looking for a good survey on H.P. Lovecraft’s works, this is what you want to read.

And so, adieu to… I don’t know; should I try to sell my copy?  I don’t need the money, but that is a ludicrous sum.  Sorry.  adieu to Reaper Man.

Mar
02
2015
1

Book of the Week: “Reaper Man.”

Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett is the eleventh one in his Discworld series, and they’re being SOLD FOR FOUR BUCKS APIECE ON KINDLE, so why are you still here?  Seriously. This is, like a steal. :waving fingers: Go! Shoo! Buy Discworld books for four bucks!

And so, farewell to Superego.

Moe Lane

Feb
22
2015
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Book of the Week: ‘Superego.’

Sure, sure, Superego (science fiction, hit man, interstellar politics) was written by Frank J Fleming of IMAO fame; and sure, he also wrote Punch Your Inner Hippie: Cut Your Hair, Get a Job, and Make America Awesome Again, which I interviewed Frank on and everything. But I liked Superego on its own merits. It’s a bit of a challenge to try to make a sociopath a sympathetic, let alone heroic, character without appealing to the reader’s dark side; and I think Frank pulled it off. Plus, it was funny and had a decent, fast-moving plot. I’d read more in the series, if Frank was planning to write them.  Check it out.

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Feb
15
2015
9

Book of the Week: Starship Troopers.

Speaking of Bob Heinlein: Starship Troopers is, of course, one of the best damn science fiction novels ever written.  It’s been almost comically misunderstood, of course: in fact, you can detect how dubious somebody in the speculative fiction field actually is, just by seeing just how badly he or she misses the point of Starship Troopers. There’s a certain type of mind that simply cannot accept the plain text of the book…

But I digress.  So let us bid adieu to The Curse of Chalion. And hope for another sequel to that one.

Feb
08
2015
4

Book of the Week: “The Curse of Chalion.”

I find it difficult to believe that I haven’t done Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Curse of Chalion; it’s a high fantasy (heavy Southern France / Spanish flavor) that is pretty much unique in its tone and style. There is not a dull word in it; I am probably very shortly going to go find it and go read it again, in fact.  You should follow my lead in this.

And so, adieu to The Man in the High Castle.

Feb
02
2015
1

Book of the Week: “The Man in the High Castle.”

I love The Man in the High Castle. I love it and will probably read it again this week and I don’t believe a word of the alternate timeline. Does this seem contradictory? It probably is, but I love the book anyway and I hope that the pilot episode of the miniseries adaptation of it wins that Amazon contest so that they can do the whole thing. Philip K Dick was simply that good a writer.

And so adieu to The Mote in God’s Eye, which was written by authors equally as good.

Jan
25
2015
4

Book of the Week: ‘The Mote in God’s Eye.’

…I haven’t done The Mote in God’s Eye yet?

:pause:

…I am actually mildly concerned about this.  What’s wrong with me?  – DO NOT ANSWER THAT. (more…)

Jan
18
2015
1

Book of the Week: ‘An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace.’

Entertainingly, I haven’t actually read An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace yet.  But my wife has; and she followed its suggestions for food and ingredient preparation last week. As a result, I had a remarkably easier time last week cooking for the family; better meals at a lower cost.  I have thus decided to order my own copy (my wife borrowed hers from the local library), so that I can see whatever the heck it was that my wife did to fuel this particular act of culinary/fiscal magic.

Also, apparently the book was inspired by the classic WWII domestic front book How to Cook a Wolf, so there you go.

And so, adieu to The Cthulhu Wars: The United States’ Battles Against the Mythos.  Soon.  Soon.

Jan
11
2015
3

Book of the Week: The Cthulhu Wars.

This one is speculative, because it won’t be out until June: but The Cthulhu Wars: The United States’ Battles Against the Mythos (Dark) has two powerful things going for it.  One, it’s written by Ken Hite; and two, it’s being published by Osprey Publishing, as part of their Hey, wait, there’s a Hell of an overlap between the people who buy our straight-up illustrated historical military surveys and the science fiction/fantasy/horror crowd new line of books. So I figure that this one should be a good read, too.

Adieu, A Dangerous Energy. You were weird, but not forgotten.

Jan
05
2015
4

Book of the Week: A Dangerous Energy.

So I come across John Whitbourn’s A Dangerous Energy via Twitter…

…and ‘weird alternate-history magic novel’ sums it up.  In spades, and with a special emphasis on ‘weird.’ Wikipedia calls it the ‘first Counter-Reformation science fiction novel;’ I would say that the magic system is barely explained well enough to qualify as weird science rather than straight-out fantasy, but the Counter-Reformation bit is spot-on.  I found the book entertaining, fascinating, and remarkably (and cheerfully) alien to our currently secularist society: I suspect that many of my more socially conservative readers will find the protagonist’s (he’s not even remotely a ‘hero’) eventual end both satisfying, and starkly inevitable to boot.

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