Saturday, October 31, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
“We were always told that we were just protecting it for its rightful owner. That someday we would be rid of it.”
“You say that like it’s a curse or something,” Ling mused aloud.
“Curse maybe. But whoever has held the amulet has had ill luck befall them.” Ling looked around the room at the odd mix of people and thought maybe it was more than the amulet causing their bad luck. “Why didn’t you just rid yourself of it?”
“Why does one not just rid themselves of an unwanted child,” the old woman spoke sagely.
(from Pieces of the Puzzles by Jennifer Fowler & Carrie Wahl)
3*/10. The complete review is here.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
“Um ... We’re not going to meet some ancient undead Heterodyne vampyre or … or something. Are we?”
Carson spat. “Oh, and wouldn’t that be the perfect capper to my day?”
Wooster licked his lips. “That … actually that wasn’t a ‘ho ho, don’t be silly, old chap, there’s no such thing as vampyres down here.”
“I ain’t being paid to lie to you, Brit.”
“But that’s not who we’re looking for today.”
The spy hunched himself down a bit “You mean there are days when you do go looking for … them”
“Didn’t say they were good days.”
(from Agatha H and The voice of the Castle by Phil & Kata Foglio)
8*/10. The complete review is here.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
Long ago, Detective Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta had learned to be late for any appointment at the M.E. building on East Twenty-Sixth Street. He had found out the hard way that there were distinct disadvantages to being early, most of which involved arriving while an autopsy was still ongoing and thus being compelled to witness the final stages, which were inevitably the worst. They’d told him he would eventually get used to it.
(from Two Graves by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child)
8½*/10. The complete review is here.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
“I brung you a giftie,” he told her eagerly, his eyes dancing with excitement.
“What was it that you held up at the Gathering? I couldn’t see it.”
“I brung you two things. A big and a little. The big be coming still. But I gots the little here in my pockie.” He dug one hand deep into his pocket and pulled out a handful of nuts and a dead grasshopper.
“Nope. Be the other side.”
(from Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry)
7*/10. The complete review is here.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Friday, October 09, 2015
I have played chess almost my entire life. And a number of variations of it - Kriegspiel, Giveaway, Dark Chess, King's Fortress, 3-D, etc.
But I'd never seen a 3-person chess set before, and after googling it, this is apparently legitimate. I have to say I'm very intrigued by it.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
I hated the zombies because they were like the guy who killed Aaron, but at the same time you had to forgive them, because they didn’t know did they?
We don’t hate tigers or sharks or bears though they kill and eat people sometimes. We don’t hate cows or buffalo in the field, but they can trample people to death. A horse can kick the jaw clean off a man’s face. A camel can bite off your nose. Maybe some people hated camels, I wasn’t sure.
(from The Last by Michael John Grist)
7½*/10. The complete review is here.
Monday, October 05, 2015
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Thursday, October 01, 2015
It's pathetically tragic. 45 school shootings already this year, and you can bet your bottom bullet that all you'll hear from your gun-nut friends is the snarky, "yeah, but if all those students had been packing assault weapons, this never would've happened."
Utter bullshit. What they really mean is, "we'd rather have hundreds of innocent people killed by firearms every year than one iota of gun control".
And until the rest of us get off our butts and vote in people who aren't puppets of the NRA, nothing's going to change.