Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
“I don’t know what to expect,” she said in a tight voice. “Everything is different here. I’m trying not to expect anything – but that doesn’t keep me from worrying.”
Dahleven blew out a deep breath. “You should stop that. Worry is a waste of time and energy.” He slanted a sideways glance at her. “Now planning, that’s another thing altogether. Right now, I’m planning on a bath, hot food, and rest. You should do the same. Beyond that, only the Norns know what the future holds, and they never tell.”
(from Dangerous Talents, by Frankie Robertson)
7½*/10. The full review is here.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Two-thirty comes during Testifying. Aunt Helena is here, as well as Aunt Lydia, because Testifying is special. Aunt Helena is fat, she once headed a Weight Watchers’ franchise in Iowa. She’s good at Testifying.
It’s Janine, telling about how she was gang-raped at fourteen and had an abortion. She told the same story last week. She seemed almost proud of it, while she was telling. It may not even be true. At Testifying, it’s safer to make things up than to say you have nothing to reveal. But since it’s Janine, it’s probably more or less true.
(from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Drumknott continued, “A lot of this is to do with the crossword, of course. You know how he is about that. I intend personally to write to the editor. His lordship considers elegant completion to be a test of his integrity. A crossword is meant to be an engaging and educational puzzle.”
And then, his normally pink face reddening, Drumknott added, “I’m sure it’s not intended to be a form of torture, and I’m certain that there is no such word as lagniappe.”
(from Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett)
7*/10. The full review is here.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Major Benjamin Mapp-Flint, the town’s only resident warrior, enjoyed an esteem even greater than had been his when, on one never to be forgotten occasion, he had briefly (and erroneously) been clothed in the glamour of the desperate duelist. The fact that both participants in this affair of honor had sought to escape to London by the early morning train and had converted their rencontre into a round of golf in no way diminished the antique splendour of the incident.
(from Lucia In Wartime, by Tom Holt)
6½*/10. The full review is here.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Monday, September 08, 2014
“Dogs are colour blind, did you know that?”
“Of course, what has that to do with it?”
“A dog can’t see a rainbow. And nobody will ever be able to teach it what colours are. But you know as well as I do that red, yellow and blue exist. Who’s to say that isn’t true of people, too? There may be things that exist, even though we can’t see them. Like evil. We know it’s there only when it manifests itself, by which time it’s too late.”
(from The Lost Girls of Rome by Donato Carrisi)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Friday, September 05, 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014
“I bet they drugged him.”
“The way they drugged you?”
“Not quite. Not the same drug, or the poor bastard wouldn’t have been able to talk at all. I wonder what she gave me. It must have been powerful stuff. It had me hallucinating.”
“I never had any acid.”
“Neither did I.”
(from The Burglar Who Liked To Quote Kipling, by Lawrence Block)
8½*/10. The full review is here.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
This is wrong for oh so many reasons.
First of all, it was a 2-year siege, not a flippin' battle. The citizens of Carthage put up heroic resistance, but it was ultimately in vain, and Carthage was destroyed by the &!^*$$*& Romans, never to be rebuilt.
Second of all, there's been - what? - a gazillion battles in recorded history. Why the frick did Mom choose this particular one? It wasn't the Romans' finest hour. It didn't have any brilliant tactics. No songs or ballads were written about it.
Thirdly, among my dozen or so multiple personalities, there is a Carthagenian general, and he's been in a royal snit all day over this cartoon. Let's show a little respect for the crazies of the world.