Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
“American? You are the enemy!” Said with a smile.
“We have taken your democracy and given it to the polloi.”
“You Americans are like our former gods. You come down from your mountaintop, make chaos, make fornications, many problems, then you return to your mountain.” Her brows were knit tightly here.
“That’s us all right.” I found it endearing the way she said “moun-tane.”
(from Little God Blues by Jeffrey M. Anderson)
7*/10. The full review is here.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
The GOP-wad Presidential candidates are tripping all over themselves trying to lamely explain why we shouldn't think of the tragic church shooting in South Carolina as evidence of racism or the need for gun control.
Frankly, it makes them look like the racist hatemongers that they are. This was an act of racism, and it is a clear reason why we need to make it tougher for everyone to get guns.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
“Anatoly, come back in,” Duvall said through the window. “For God’s sake, you’re not wearing pants.”
Kerensky turned around, following her voice. “This isn’t a ship,” he yelled up to the window.
“No, it’s the Best Western Media Center Inn and Suites,” Duvall said. “In Burbank.”
“Is that a planet?” Kerensky yelled. “What system is it in?”
“Oh, for Christ’s sake,” Hester muttered. “You’re on Earth, you moron,” he yelled at Kerensky.
Kerensky looked around disbelievingly. “Was there an apocalypse?” he yelled.
Hester looked at Duvall. “You actually have sex with this imbecile?”
(from Redshirts by John Scalzi)
8*/10. The full review is here.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015
“It’s one of our ancestors’ greatest triumphs against the Snowdonian Welsh. The odds were astounding: five thousand against six. It was a hard, hand-to-hand battle over two days with every inch won in blood and sinew, but thank Snodd we were victorious. Despite everything, we were impressed by the fighting spirit of the Welsh – those six certainly put up a terrific fight.”
(from The Eye of Zoltar, by Jasper Fforde)
8*/10. The full review is here.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
True dis. There have been times when I've wanted to find out who wrote some piece of classical music, and have had no idea how to Google that. I end up making random guesses on YouTube hoping to luck into the tune. One time it turned out to be Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Monday, June 08, 2015
“If they can work out the kinks, it could revolutionize space travel.”
“’Work out the kinks’?” Jared said. “I’m about to use this thing. Kinks are bad.”
“The kink is that the drive is touchy about the mass of the object it’s attached to,” Wilson said. “Too much mass creates too much of a local warp on the time-space. Makes the Skip Drive do weird things.”
“Like what?” Jared asked.
“Like explode,” Wilson said.
“That’s not encouraging,” Jared said.
“Well, explode is not quite the accurate word,” Wilson said. “The physics for what really goes on are much weirder, I assure you.”
“You can stop now,” Jared said.
(from The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi)
9½*/10. The full review is here.
Sunday, June 07, 2015
Saturday, June 06, 2015
Friday, June 05, 2015
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
“I am looking for the great superhero, John Doe the Undefeated. Do you know where he is?”
The woman nodded. “I may.”
Professor Smith couldn’t contain his excitement. “Is it true he came back from the dead, and rained his vengeance upon those who had tried to kill him?”
“Umm, no. All he did was scare his wife away, who left the village screaming like a headless chicken.”
“Do headless chickens really scream?”
(from The Zombie’s Life Is In Danger, by Shantnu Tiwari)
2½*/10. The full review is here.