Book of the Week: Just Stab Me Now.

This one is sort of meta. Jill Bearup’s Just Stab Me Now is about a romance novelist who is dealing with a main character that is being far more obstreperous than normal, or perhaps physically possible in a normal universe. I don’t actually know; I haven’t read it yet. I’m recommending it because a lot of genre writers who I wouldn’t expect to recommend a romance novel are recommending this one, and I take note of that kind of crossover appeal.

Also, I’m a bit of a sentimentalist. Don’t tell anybody, okay?

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Book of the Week: Vampires: A Hunter’s Guide.

So, my wife and I went over to Games and Stuff‘s new store opening, partially because I wanted to talk to their staff about possibly doing a book signing, and partially because it was, you know. Games. And stuff. It’s a nice story, by the way. The used games section was one of those places where you either walk out at high speed with nothing in your hands; or slowly, and about a hundred bucks poorer. Twenty years ago, it would have been the latter*.

Anyway, I ran across Vampires: A Hunter’s Guide from Dark Osprey. It’s one of the ones I didn’t have, and now I do. Note that, cover to the contrary, it is not a World of Darkness product. It was merely accidentally put there, which had to have been the intent of the publisher. And, one must admit: it worked, didn’t it?

Moe Lane

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*I’m not going to tell you what they have. I haven’t decided yet whether or not I’m going back.

Book of the Week: The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.

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Damien Lewis’s The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler’s Downfall, Giving Birth to Modern-Day Black Ops! Soon to be a major motion picture! One unsullied by any attempt to Guy Ritchie to prioritize historical accuracy over gee-whiz (thank God)! Only four bucks on Kindle!

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Book of the Week: Tales From the Fermi Resolution: Vol. 1: Shadow of the Tower.

Sorry, it was a long day and not a very productive one. Tales From the Fermi Resolution: Vol. 1: Shadow of the Tower is on 99 cent sale this week in Kindle, and happens to be less than four bucks on paperback. The Kickstarter for Vol 2 is also going live in two days. Every little bit, as they say, helps.

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Book of the Week: The Languages of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.

I pick this one, knowing that I put my life in my hands. Ruth S Noel’s The Languages of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth was excellent for its time (1980) as an analysis of Tolkien’s invented languages; but there have been a lot of words and grammar found since then. Some of the people most interested in this topic are kind of, ah, intense on the subject, too. I have yet to find a lexicon on the topic that doesn’t have people screaming about it in the reviews, so I decided to go with my first impulse and just go with the book I’ve had for over thirty years.

I’ll be happy to hear any suggested alternatives, as long as you (generic) don’t scream at me over them. Sheesh.

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Book of the Week: Redliners.

Not an Amazon special, this time: Baen Books has made David Drake’s Redliners a free e-library book. So if you’ve never read it (I haven’t, either), check it out. And pour one out for David Drake, while you’re at it. What he didn’t know about writing military science fiction probably didn’t matter much, anyway.

Moe Lane

PS: Personally, I was a big fan of his collaborations with Eric Flint and S.M. Stirling. As for his own work: the RCN series is what I bought, as soon as new ones came out. I am an absolute sucker for Napoleonic War-era naval fiction… In Space! Balefires is likewise a favorite; the man had a dab hand at horror.

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Audiobook of the Week: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

I picked World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War because a buddy from my Secret World Legends MMO cabal told me this morning that they got a full cast for the audiobook, which means it comes across like a radio drama. While I am not really into audiobooks, I am all about radio dramas. It’s also about eleven bucks right now, so why not?

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