Book of the Week: A Wrinkle in Time.

Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is, of course, a classic; but it’s also a children’s book — and one the first science fiction stories that I got to read.  Which makes it a favorite of mine.  :narrowed eyes: Not to mention a subject of some concern, given that Disney is making a movie of it.

…And it had better be a good movie, too.  Some things may not be borne.

And so, adieu to 1636: The Kremlin Games.

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Thirteen bucks is a ridiculous amount for a e-book, @MacMillanUSA.

If it had been something like eight bucks, I’d be happy to social-media my reaction to the upcoming book whose name I am carefully not mentioning now.  It is, after all, the sort of book that scratches several of my genre itches.  However, since Macmillan decided to ask a ridiculous price for the electronic version: they instead get a snarky post in its place that points out how lame Macmillan is being.

They should take a lesson from Baen.  Baen wants that sale.  So much so that they’re willing to match the price of the text to the format.  And, go figure: Baen still manages to make a profit without getting hammered by the courts for price-fixing.  Fancy that…

In the Mail: The Delirium Brief.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I enjoy Charlie Stross’s books quite a lot, but I think that he should possibly restrain himself to writing in either the past, or the far future. The man’s ability to accurately predict near-future events… well.  Politeness is a virtue.

Still, The Delirium Brief should prove as entertaining as the rest of Stross’s stuff. Spy-meets-Lovecraft, and all that. I look forward to perusing it.

Atomic Overmind Press is coming back on-line!

They’re doing that Ken Hite second volume Tour de Lovecraft Kickstarter later in the month, and they’re also going to do new content for The Day After Ragnarok:

The Speleo-Herpetologist’s Handbook  opens up the biggest, deadliest, most poisonous dungeon ever — the 2,500-mile long body of the dead Midgard Serpent — to adventure and horror. Loathsome new monsters, deadly ophi-tech, and complete adventure support in  The Day After Ragnarok style all wait for you … inside!

The day’s looking up.

DC doing Gotham By Gaslight Batman animated flick.

It’s supposedly leaked, but I have to wonder whether I should be writing ‘leaked.’ After all, what is the downside of people learning a month and a half early that the upcoming Batman and Harley Quinn DVD is going to have a sneak peek at a hitherto-unannounced Gotham By Gaslight project?  The original title is popular,* and strategically revealing the feature on the DVD may spark both sales and interest.

I mean, I may now pick up B&HQ.  Because Gotham By Gaslight would be pretty cool, if they do it right. And if it works, they could do The Doom That Came To Gotham, which would also be pretty cool (and is exactly what you’d expect it to be, from the title).

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*For those who don’t know, it’s a Mignola/Augustyn Batman story that reimagines him in Victorian England, hunting Jack the Ripper.  The favorable reception of this caused DC to come up with their alternate DC history Elseworld series. So, pretty seminal, there.

7102017 Day today, Prime Day Tomorrow!

Today is kind of neat, in a palindrome kind of way: you can write today’s date (July 10, 2017) in numeric form so it’s the same, backwards and forwards (7102017).  Which means nothing in the greater scheme of things, of course.  But it’s still cool.

And tomorrow is Amazon’s Prime Day.  Well, actually today is Prime Day, annnnd there’s a code (PRIMEBOOKS17) for $5 off book purchases over $15.  It’s not five bucks per book, and it’s Amazon-only — but that’s still potentially worth contemplating, yes?

Book of the Week: 1636: The Kremlin Games.

Been reading the 163x Grantville alternate history series again, mostly because I wanted to. 1636: The Kremlin Games (authors Eric Flint, Gorg Huff, and Paula Goodlett) is a reasonably standalone novel in that series, and pretty engrossing.  Russia’s always an interesting locale to put a speculative fiction story, not least because the place seems half-fantastic to Western readers anyway.

And so, adieu to The Day of the Triffids.

Hey! A radio play adaption of “Far Below.”

This is pretty cool.  “Far Below” was written by Frank Barbour Johnson in 1939*, and it is remarkable how close it matches up to a modern Cthulhu Mythos story.  It’s not officially part of the Mythos, although Johnson name-drops Lovecraft in the story and it’s blatantly obvious that the tale draws from “Pickman’s Model.”  This radio play is a decent adaptation, although they had to add a character because the original is essentially a monologue.

Check it out. Continue reading Hey! A radio play adaption of “Far Below.”

The Girl Genius Volume 16: The Incorruptible Library Kickstarter.

I typically pick up these graphic novels as soon as Studio Foglio Kickstarts them, and Girl Genius Volume 16 is no exception.  Girl Genius has been going on since… wow. I can’t remember when I wasn’t reading Girl Genius online. According to Wikipedia they started the comic in 2001 and put it online in 2005, which means that I’ve been reading it religiously for sixteen years.  ‘Course, I’ve been reading Phil Foglio himself for almost thirty.

Because I’m OLD. Or at least getting there. Anyway, good series, check it out.

Book of the Week: The Day of the Triffids.

John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids is of interest to me not just because of the book, but because for some reason I thought that I was thinking of the 1962 movie version of it when I was actually thinking of the 1981 BBC miniseries. Which makes more sense, because I was wondering how 1962 could have possibly managed to make a movie that was actually faithful to the book. Short answer: it didn’t, of course.  Anyway, good book, well worth revisiting’ but just remember that it was written in the 1950s.

And so, adieu to A Civil Campaign. Continue reading Book of the Week: The Day of the Triffids.