Feb
16
2019
0

Book of the Week: Pirate Utopia.

Bruce Sterling’s Italian Futurist alternate-history Pirate Utopia is, indeed, more of a novella than a novel, so pick it up in Kindle. If you like Italian-themed dieselpunk that is very, very strange and not at all concerned as to your expectations from books. I will warn you; this is an odd-tasting tome. Many people who have reviewed it seem to scratch their heads as to whether or not they actually liked it, although almost nobody seems to be upset that they read it. I’m not even sure whether I really liked it, either. But I’m not upset that I read it.

Feb
09
2019
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Book of the Week: To Sir, With Love.

An indulgence, but Blodwedd Mallory’s To Sir, With Love is proving entertaining. I don’t know how much you really have to be into Secret World Legends to really get it; but what the heck. I have a vested interest in trying to popularize books in this line. After all, I wouldn’t mind writing one.

Feb
02
2019
1

Book of the Week: The Missing and the Lost.

It’s not available yet, but surely Robin Laws will sell The Missing and the Lost on Amazon. And get it print-published: it’s simply that good. Basically, it’s an alternate-history horror novel set in an America that has just had a successful revolution against the Imperial Castaigne Dynasty of America. It’s all full of Yellow Sign and Carcosa goodness, and absolutely stands on its own as a novel.

No embed, but you can preorder here.

Jan
19
2019
3

Book of the Week: The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril.

I haven’t read Paul Malmont’s  The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril: A Novel yet.  But my wife did; and when I was just complaining that I hadn’t a clue to what this week’s book of the week was she just pointed to it on the bookshelf.  It’s basically a pulp adventure starring the guys who wrote the Shadow and Doc Savage, so I pretty much have no excuse for not reading it.  Also, my wife is, like, wicked smart.  Smarter than me, and I don’t say that sort of thing lightly.  So I kind of take her opinions seriously.




Jan
12
2019
2

Book of the Week: ‘Jimmy the Kid.’

Hrm. Which Donald Westlake Dortmunder books have I done, so far?

:clickity clickity clickity:

…Good God.  Ten years, and I’ve yet to do one?  Not a single Dortmunder ‘comic criminal’ novel?  This is worse than a mistake; it’s a blunder.  I’m embarrassed for myself.  You should be embarrassed for me, too.  It’s an abject failure on my part, is what it is.

OK.  Jimmy the Kid.  They made a really, really bad movie starring Gary Coleman out of it, but that’s not Donald Westlake’s fault.  All he did was cash the check.
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Jan
05
2019
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Book of the Week: Theater of Spies.

SM Stirling’s Theater of Spies is coming out in May: it’s the second book in a what is rapidly becoming dieselpunk alternate history series with Teddy Roosevelt running a rather larger USA in World War I.  I’m reading it chapter by chapter now on Stirling’s site, and I find the little hints of “they should watch out for these social trends, two decades or so from now” to be quite of interest.  It’s not really surprising to see, if you know anything about early 20th Century American history; but if you don’t, well, the world was a lot different then, and not just in the ways that you might think.




Dec
29
2018
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Book of the Week: Empire of Man (March Upcountry Omnibus 1).

David Weber and John Ringo’s* Empire of Man military science fiction series was great fun: if you’ve never read it, Empire of Man (Books 1 & 2) and Throne of Stars (Books 3 & 4) have been collected for your amusement.  Worth your time to peruse, if you haven’t.  Although I imagine that Weber / Ringo fans are not exactly under-represented among my own readers…

*I originally wrote that as ‘David Ringo.’  Which is not a slam, I swear.




Dec
22
2018
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Books of the Week: The Trail of Glory series.

The Trail of Glory is Eric Flint’s alternate history series about the Cherokee, and I’d love to know why it hasn’t been finished yet.  I’m pretty sure that there’s something going on, there, only I don’t know exactly what.  Which is a shame, because it was turning out to be a ripping adventure yarn.




Dec
15
2018
2

Book of the Week: The Masked City.

The Masked City is Genevieve Cogman’s second book in her Invsible Library fantasy series (involving functionally immortal agents of a powerful Library who have access to the source language of the universe*).  I should have put this one a while back, but I got distracted and am only now taking up the series again.  It’s quite fun!  And I like Genevieve.  People should buy her books when they come out, and say nice things to her at conventions. (more…)




Dec
08
2018
6

Well, this is awkward: all of the books I read this week…

…were either ARCs or Kickstarter rewards.  I’ve been trying to think of a more exploitable suitable book for the last few days, and I’ve absolutely drawn a blank.  I dunno.  Recommendations?




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