Apr
20
2019
2

Book of the Week: Chain of Command.

Baen just released Frank Chadwick’s military SF Chain of Command in paperback, so I thought that I’d check it out. Good stuff: straightforward thrust-into-the-limelight space combat that had the grace to finish up the story without forcing the need for a sequel. Not that I have any objections to series, but it’s nice sometimes to read a book that can rise or fall on its own.

Apr
13
2019
2

Book of the Week: The Lost War.

Just started reading it today: Karl Gallagher laid a review copy upon my unworthy hands, and so far it goes well. The basic premise of The Lost War is Let’s send a SCA event to a medieval fantasy setting! and seeing what happens then. And, I must admit: I myself have often wondered what would actually happen. Plus, it’s got a blurb from Duke Sir Cariadoc of the Bow, which is sufficiently gold that I may end up mentioning the book at the baronial meeting this weekend.

It’s a SCAdian thing, yeah.

Apr
06
2019
1

Book of the Week: The Main Enemy.

I picked The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Final Showdown with the KGB up a couple of days ago; I’m assuming that what it’s about is right there on the label. I’m looking forward to getting into it. I always do enjoy a good story about how the forces of Good finally cornered the forces of Evil in order to shove a wooden stake through the latter’s heart*.

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Mar
30
2019
1

Book of the Week: To Clear Away The Shadows.

To Clear Away The Shadows is David Drake’s latest book in his RCN series. It’s not a Leary/Mundy story, but still worth your time for all that if you read Drake. Still not published, but you can get the eARC here.

Mar
23
2019
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Book of the Week: Sword of Dracula.

I don’t know why I have a copy of Sword of Dracula. Well, OK, I know why I have it — it’s a black-and-white graphic novel about a squad of paramilitary vampire hunters trying to fight a blood-magic powered Dracula; this is precisely the sort of thing that I would own — but I have no real clue as to how I got it. Did it coalesce out of my library? Did I grab it on a whim? Did somebody loan it to me? Beats me, but it’s fun to read. Not least because there’s nothing nice about Dracula in it. Like, obviously.

Mar
16
2019
1

Hi, let me fill you with anguish (Book of the Week, only it can never be).

There is a book called “The Stone Table.” It was written by a fellow called Francis Spufford. It is, as far as I can tell, spot-on in its emulation of the tone of the Chronicles of Narnia.

AND THERE IS NO WAY FOR ME TO GET A COPY. Only 75 exist (privately bound, I wager, and absolutely not offered for commercial sale). I don’t even know who to suck up to. This is torture.

Mar
09
2019
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Book of the Week: Alpha and Omega.

Right now I’m just waiting for books to come out. Harry Turtledove’s Alpha and Omega is one of them. Gonna be about the end of the world, Biblical style! Kind of curious to see what he does with that.

Mar
02
2019
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Book of the Week: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Why Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? Mostly because I remembered writing this, a couple of days ago. The poor bastard. I wish that he could have maintained an even strain until the end.

Feb
23
2019
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Book of the Week: River of Night.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I have spent most of the last week or so fitfully asleep and/or mildly delirious. I reread a bunch of stuff, when I was reading at all, and I was not particularly concentrating on what I was reading. But I have been haunting Baen.com for the E-ARC of John Ringo and Mike Massa’s River of Night (the next one in Ringo’s Black Tide Rising zombie apocalypse series), so I guess that should count, hey? …No, it’s not up at the site. It’s not even coming out until July. But I wants it, I do.

Feb
16
2019
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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.

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