Dec
07
2019
1

Book of the Week: Operation Chaos.

This would be Operation Chaos from Poul Anderson, not anything that is… out of the map. There’s a potential book of my own that intersects with that one. I really should do something about that, too.

Nov
23
2019
1

Book of the Week: Neuromancer.

William Gibson’s first book, Neuromancer was one of those works that spawned an entire literary genre (including a certain video game coming out next year). But hey! No pressure, right?

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Nov
16
2019
2

Book of the Week: Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance.

I haven’t really read much that was new this week, but I pulled Lois McMaster Bujold’s Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance out from the depths of my Kindle and it was rewarding. I think that Bujold has grown to be much more affectionate towards Barrayar than she was at the beginning of the series. Perhaps the planet grew on her.

Nov
10
2019
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Book of Last Week: Glory Road.

Very complicated weekend, this should have gone up yesterday, we’re going to put up Bob Heinlein’s Glory Road with a reminder to myself that I should reread it. Because, yeah, it’s been complicated for the last few days. Ain’t getting into it otherwise, except to note that I am very lucky in my marriage.

Nov
02
2019
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Book of the Week: The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School.

The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School is by Kim Newman, and it is the sequel to his The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School, which I did not really realize until afterward. But it didn’t matter: I had a jolly good time reading it anyway, as its protagonist might say. Said protagonist is a superheroine in training, more or less, and she is at a post-Great War girl’s school where that sort of thing might be taught. Or supervilliany, instead. Or mad science, or criminal masterminding, or pulp adventuring: it’s all about making sure that a girl lives up to her potential. As usual, Kim Newman makes it all work.

Oct
26
2019
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Book of the Week: The Right Stuff.

It’s interesting: Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff is one of those rare things that worked equally well as a book and as a movie. And on relatively similar terms, too. Sometimes you have to go through a lot of trouble to turn a good book into a good movie, but not this time.

Oct
19
2019
1

Book of the Week, The Sassoon Files.

I think that I said why The Sassoon Files pretty succinctly here:

Not available on Amazon, alas (that’s not a reflection on Amazon: they don’t always carry gaming material). But it’s the principle of the thing, really. Also: Google Translate’s gotten pretty good; the sentiment survives being translated back into English pretty well. Impressive! …And not done by Communist stooges, either.

Oct
11
2019
1

Book of the Week: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

This is coming early because it’s gonna be a hectic weekend. Anyway: I’m reading CS Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to my eldest kid* — and man, but did I forget the resonances in this one! You can tell that it was written by somebody whose country had just gone through a desperate fight for life against a ruthless enemy with secret police and a taste for murder. Now I’m kind of curious as to how the rest of them read. Guess I’ll find out!

Moe Lane

*Who is engrossed, although he’ll be damned if he’ll admit to it.

Oct
05
2019
4

Book of the Week: The Sandman Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes.

Time to get back on that carousel again, I guess. The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes is the first of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, and I can’t wait to see what they do with it on the big screen. No sarcasm, either. I’m too tired for sarcasm.

Sep
28
2019
1

Book of the Week: The Terror.

Picked up Dan Simmons’ The Terror a couple of days ago, and am still reading it. The tone and action is pretty good, and pretty historical! And there was a refreshing lack of teasing the existence of the monster, at least. I have no idea what it is, yet, but I assume that I will by the end.

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