Friday, July 31, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The believers dismiss the evidence of (crop) circle makers’ as the “Doug and Dave effect”. Television documentaries about manmade circles are known as ‘Doug and Dave-style programmes’, and so on. So blinkered have some of them become that any suggestion of a circle being manmade is derided. (Sceptical believers – now there’s a conundrum . . .) In the meantime they have given their ‘science’ a special name. Cereology, they call it and no, neither I nor Microsoft spellchecker have ever heard of that word either.
(from Money For Old Rope – Part 2, by Albert Jack)
6½*/10. The full review is here.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Betterton had spent a most entertaining couple of days looking into Pendergast’s background. It hadn’t been easy, and he could just as well have spent a whole week on it. Maybe even a month. The man was in fact one of the New Orleans Pendergasts, a strange old family of French and English ancestry. The word eccentric didn’t even begin to describe them – they were scientists, explorers, medical quacks, hucksters, magicians, con men . . . and killers. Yes, killers. A great-aunt had poisoned her entire family and been shut up in an insane asylum.
(from Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child)
8½*/10. The complete review is here.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
“They put me under surveillance.”
“No,” Stern said. “”It was just like the movies. I had a tail. There was a car outside my apartment sixteen hours a day, from six in the morning to ten at night, seven days a week.”
“Sounds expensive,” Frank remarked.
“I was flattered. I joked about it with them when I passed the car. Then they killed my dog.”
(from The First Horseman by John Case)
8*/10. The complete review is here.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015
It's an early start to Saturday as the tiling project that I was assured would be a 3-day job now enters its sixth day. Our house is without a stove (although we still have a microwave), washer-&-dryer, and one toilet. And every horizontal surface has a quarter-inch of dust.
But it's all for a good cause, and I have been assured (yet again) that today is the last day of the project.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
“Do you have an owner-granted name?”
“Lucy calls me ‘Robot’”.
“Are you serving Lucy Walker well?”
Robot reflected. “I am learning. She seems to want me to stand and wait, most of the time.”
Alpha responded, partly as if talking to himself. “That seems to be very common in reports from others. It would appear that humans are very different. Our function is to do. Humans often seem content just to be. In fact, they designed us to do work for them, allowing them a great deal more time just to be.”
(from Robots Like Blue, by Anthony J. Deeney)
7*/10. The full review is here.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Thursday, July 09, 2015
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Two things, a wise old man had told him once, that you don’t ask about: what the meat is in a shop-bought meat and turnip pie, and where anything worth having comes from. Wisdom indeed. True, the same old man had then sold him a cow that died three days later, but there you go. Life is really just a river; it moves on, and all sorts of stuff ends up in it.
(from The Outsorcerer’s Apprentice by Tom Holt)
9*/10. The complete review is here.