Aug
18
2018
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Book of the Week: Pickman’s Gallery.

Pickman’s Gallery is a collection of Cthulhu Mythos stories centered around the HP Lovecraft short story ‘Pickman’s Model.’  Just came out, in fact.  It features a story by Moe Lane.

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Aw, I’m just funning you. Still, I hear that a Kindle version is coming out next week.

Aug
11
2018
2

Book of the Week: Rainbow Six.

I’m putting up Tom Clancy’s military counterterror technothriller Rainbow Six because weren’t they going to make a movie version?  They were trying to get Ryan Reynolds to play John Clark, which I dunno is that great a fit.  I mean, obviously Reynolds can play a badass, but I always saw Clark as being more hulking than Reynolds.  Also: can they afford him, at this point?  Ryan Reynolds probably has at least one more Deadpool movie in him, or at least an X-Force movie. …But I digress.  Rainbow Six has a bit of the Clancy Bloat to it, but I never cared too much; it’s a blessed beach book anyway.

 

Aug
04
2018
4

Book of the Week: Alternate Routes.

Alternate Routes is the latest by Tim Powers.  You can preorder it via Amazon, or get the eARC from Baen.  i think we all know which route I chose.

Jul
28
2018
2

Book of the Week: The Moon Maze Game (A Dream Park Novel).

Dunno what’s more depressing: that I only this week discovered that Larry Niven’s and Steven Barnes’ The Moon Maze Game: A Dream Park Novel came out in 2011, or that I saw ‘2011’ and thought ‘five years ago.’  Probably the latter.  After all, at least I got to read the book — but I feel that I lost those two years of lifespan, somehow, and I wouldn’t mind getting them back.

Still, hey: Dream Park novel.

Jul
21
2018
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Book of the Week: Deep Roots (The Innsmouth Legacy).

I suspect that Ruthanna Emrys would find my interest in her Innsmouth Legacy series (latest book: Deep Roots) perhaps a bit disconcerting*.  But I’m liking this current book for the same reason why I liked Winter Tide: it’s a thoughtful look at how HP Lovecraft’s creations can be re-imagined into a less horrific form, while still keeping all of the mythology and history and whatnot.  This latest one involves the Mi-Go; and so far they’re less incomprehensible whisperers from the darkness, and more smug jackwagons.  I find this to be remarkably entertaining, in its way.

*Although it’s equally likely that she just yelled “DID THE CREDIT CARD CHARGE GO THROUGH?” and not worry about it.  Pay to the order of, baby.  That’s the most beautiful poetical phrase in the English language, as Bob Heinlein once noted.

Jul
07
2018
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Book of the Week: The Black Chamber.

It is difficult to write anything about the background to SM Stirling’s The Black Chamber without casually breaking my own rules about not discussing certain topics.  Suffice it to say that, as an introductory book to an action series, it is quite good; plenty of fights and derring-do and super-tech (for 1916) gadgetry and whatnot.  It is also made reasonably clear that this alternate history (Teddy Roosevelt wins in 1912 after Howard Taft has a heart attack) is not quite the Progressive (note capitalization) Earthly Utopia that the heroine thinks that it is; quite a few rather ominous things and societal trends are lightly alluded to, in a way that allows the reader to raise an eyebrow at the implications. I look forward to some interest as to how the next few books in the series turn out, because there are some indications that it’s going to be set in an altogether pleasant world.

Jun
30
2018
5

Book of the Week: The Valley of Shadows (Black Tide Rising).

I picked John Ringo’s and Mike Massa’s The Valley of Shadows (set in Ringo’s Black Tide Rising zombie apocalypse series) not because it’s out.  It’s not out. It won’t be out until November.  But it is being published by Baen, which means that they will release the E-ARC sometime… soon? Maybe?  Maybe putting it out there now will remind somebody else to pull the trigger on the E-ARC, and then I can get it, and then maybe this twitch in my eye will go away.

Come on, Baen.  It’s been a while since the last Black Tide Rising book. Have a heart.  Release the E-ARC. Let me give you my money.

Jun
23
2018
2

Book of the Week: The Black Chamber.

SM Stirling’s The Black Chamber is coming out in a couple of weeks: it’s an alternate history where President Taft suffered a fatal heart attack at just the right moment in 1912 to ensure that Woodrow Wilson would lose ignominiously to Teddy Roosevelt in the Presidential election.  From what I’ve read so far on Stirling’s site, the results from that are going to make a lot of people’s teeth grind. But there are fights on zeppelins and spying against perfidious Imperial Germans and high tech (by 1916 AD standards) and whatnot, so it’s all going to be good, hopefully. I’m looking forward to reading it.

Jun
16
2018
3

Book of the Week: Certain Dark Things.

It’s weird: Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican vampire novel Certain Dark Things has been on my Kindle for over a year, only I never got into it.  Which is weird because: Mexican vampires.  This is the sort of thing that I would read.  And now I have gotten into it, and it’s all about Mexico City and different kinds of vampires and the drug trade and yeah, this is pretty good stuff. It could be ported into a Night’s Black Agents campaign, which is why I got reminded of the book in the first place.

Jun
09
2018
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Book of the Week: The Magic Goes Away.

Larry Niven’s The Magic Goes Away is an extended metaphor for resource depletion, seen through the lens of 1970s-1980s environmental pessimism, of course.  This much is known. But it will still be taught in literature classes a hundred years from now, while other suchlike metaphors have been justly exiled to the dusty hells of graduate thesis footnotes, because Larry Niven can in fact write.  Not to be impolite, but there are authors out there who seem to favor other qualities above the ability to write well.  Not as many as I might like*, but they’re out there. (more…)

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