Aug
24
2019
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Book of the Week: A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant).

I think that I messed up my buying history by not buying A Call to Duty by David Weber and Timothy Zahn? Which is really weird. A Honorverse book should normally be on auto-purchase. Really, really weird. Ach, well, it happens.

Aug
17
2019
2

Books of the Week, Revisited: The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox.

Because, honestly, The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox are well worth the re-up. It’s a shame we didn’t get more than three of these books from Barry Hughart, but at least we got three. That’s a net gain for the universe.

Aug
10
2019
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Book of the Week: Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju.

It’s not coming out for a while, but I’m looking forward to Kim Newman’s next vampire novel (Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju) and I didn’t do much new-book reading this week, for some reason. Probably because I was busy. Still: Kim Newman. Anno Dracula. Easy enough to justify.

Aug
03
2019
1

Books of the Week: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes.

So I was trying to figure out what my wife wanted for her birthday, and came up with this cunning plan where I, you know, asked her. She said that she wanted either The Complete Calvin and Hobbes box set or The Complete Far Side box set. So I went on Amazon, and what ho! Both were half off. I think because of Prime Day, even.

So, yeah, of course I bought her both. Do I look dumb? Anyway, they’re both very nice.

Jul
27
2019
1

Book of the Week: The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.

I got turned onto The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant because I had been reliably informed that the books were good. Not just ‘good for books written by public figures:’ objectively good. I am in the middle of reading the Memoirs now, and so far I am impressed with Grant’s style and voice. The annotations (this is the 2017 Harvard University Press edition) are likewise useful, and the Kindle edition actually seems to have been designed to not infuriate the reader with navigation from the text to the footnotes, and back again. Well worth checking out.

Jul
20
2019
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Book of the Week: The King in Yellow: Annotated edition.

There is an Amazon link! But it’s not currently listed as being in stock. Just go over to Arc Dream’s site and order either the deluxe hardback or the PDF of The King In Yellow annotated edition there. I acquired the PDF, and the artwork is gorgeous. And so are Ken Hite’s annotations. Check it out.

Jul
13
2019
3

Book of the Week: Triumphant (The Genesis Fleet).

Triumphant is the last book (presumably) of Jack Campbell’s Genesis Fleet space opera series. Genesis Fleet gets into how Black Jack Geary’s Alliance got its start, and I’m honestly not sure why I’m putting Triumphant up: surely all of you have read it already anyway. Guess it’s an excess of caution on my part, or something.

Jul
06
2019
2

Book of the Week: Alpha and Omega.

Alpha and Omega is a bit of a departure for Harry Turtledove in that it is not alternate history: it is, instead, a look at what it would be like if [X]-millenarianism became a thing (prefix carefully not specified). As in, Third Temple rebuilding and red heifers and just how literally* Christians should take the Book of Revelation. There’s a lot of people who will find the book to be rank heresy, of course, but the folks likely to be most upset are hard-shelled secularists: Turtledove does his very best to keep from using the standard lazy slams at various faith traditions, and in a lot of ways his fundamentalist Christian viewpoint character is the most open-minded of the bunch**. Even if his eventual conclusions lead right back to the ‘rank heresy’ thing (a result admittedly shared by every other viewpoint character in this book).

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Jun
29
2019
1

Book of the Week: Dead in the Water.

Dead in the Water is the latest book in Blodwedd Mallory’s Secret World Legends book tie-ins. Like I’m not gonna give a shout-out to that! Especially during the SWL Anniversary Event.

Jun
22
2019
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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.

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