Come, I will conceal nothing from you: The Properties of Rooftop Air is too short to be anything except a short story or novella. But it’s by Tim Powers, and it draws on The Anubis Gates, and if you’ve never read the latter then do yourself a favor and go buy that first. That’s a Book of the Week all on its own.
Salamis is Harry Turtledove’s latest Hellenistic historical fiction novel. Come, I will conceal nothing from you: the last four years have not been awesome for either Turtledove’s mood, or his demeanor. But the book itself remains free from all of that. Worth checking out, as is the series itself.
I’m picking Jim Geraghty’s HUNTING FOUR HORSEMEN because it’s on preorder and I want to. Also, I need to catch up with Jim. He’s published I think three novels by now and currently I’m on one, with another in the alpha reader stage and a third being written. Need to keep on trucking, there…
My older kid loves these. And it’s Halloween. That’s pretty much it, and that’s pretty much all it has to be.
Basically, if you ever wondered how to sell the Gospel story to barbarian warriors, The Heliand: The Saxon Gospel is your go-to. It’s perfectly good orthodoxy, mind you. Just very… vigorous. I may need to incorporate some of this into my Roman orcs’ mindsets.
The People’s Choice is by Jeff Greenfield, and it’s a little obscure, I guess. Written in 1996, it’s a satirical novel about a real oddball situation where the President-elect of the USA dies between the election and the convening of the Electoral College, thus producing an unique situation in American politics. I know, I know: real unlikely stuff, here. The country would have to be in the middle of an amazing string of low-probability events, most of them bad, before that could even seem remotely plausible.
Still: improbable or not, so far it’s holding my interest.
I picked up Vampire: The Masquerade: Fall of London this week, and now I want to run it. The only question is: do I want to run it in VtM — or in Night’s Black Agents, and have the PCs play the vampire hunters of Operation Antigen? Because it’d port over beautifully to NBA.
I’ve had my eye on the Vampire the Masquerade: Fall of London RPG supplement for some time; and today was the intersection of desire, reduced price, and sufficient cash in my personal account to buy it. So why not? Really and truly, why not?
Dagnabbit, Jack Campbell. Yes, you know you can charge fifteen bucks for the Kindle version of Boundless. But do you need to prove it?
Oh, well, maybe they’ll reduce the price later. It’s preorder, after all.
In the middle of reading Peter Sartucci’s SHADOW AND LIGHT. It’s quite good; sword-and-sorcery with engaging characters and excellent worldbuilding. The algorithm kept recommending it to me, and I am alarmed that the algorithm apparently knows what it’s talking about.