Sunday, January 31, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
“Is it true that you barbarians allow your women to have a say with whom they mate?”
(...) “They have a way with words,” Agog replied.
Gnaeus nodded sagely. “Are you not concerned with their deceptions? They are despicable creatures.”
“Despicable? No. Deceptive? Yes.” Agog rubbed the parallel rope scars on his forearm. “One tricked me into killing a particularly dangerous black bear for her.”
“Did you punish her for her indiscretions?” he asked.
“Yes.” Agog letting a grin rise slowly to his lips. “I married her.”
(from Fires of Alexandria by Thomas K. Carpenter)
8*/10. The complete review is here.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016
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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016
“I thought you said it was a comedy.”
“It is, yes. Action costume comedy musical. The idea is, there’s this group of Zulu warriors in the 1830’s who’ve just come back from kicking Boer ass all over the Transvaal, and then they hear about this orphanage that can’t afford presents for the kids at Christmas, so they put on this big show and raise money. It’s a sure thing. They’re thinking of calling it Assegais and Dolls.
(from The Good, The Bad and The Smug by Tom Holt)
8*/10. The complete review is here.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Monday, January 18, 2016
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Dawn, pink and chilly. The Emperor of San Francisco was trudging along the waterfront by the Aquatic Park when a guinea pig dressed in the pumpkin pants and satin doublet of an Elizabethan dandy ran by on disproportionately long, wading-bird legs, a small model tugboat thrown over its shoulder. It was followed by two equally patchwork creatures dressed in what appeared to be red shop rags, the type that are sold in rolls; one creature had the head of a calico cat, the other that of an armadillo, the latter chanting “go, go, go” as they passed.
“Well, you don’t see that every day,” said the Emperor.
(from Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore)
8½*/10. The complete review is here.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
While it is true that my Washington Redskins biffed in the first round of the playoffs, it was still a very successful season for us. A 9-7 record, winning the division, making it to post-season. And of course, whacking the daylights out of the Dallas Cowboys in Week 16.
We are still not a top-tier team. Even if we had beaten Green Bay, Arizona or Carolina would've slaughtered us in the second round. But we're finally beyond all those draft picks we gave up for RG3. And our offensive and defensive lines are no longer pitiful.
So there's a lot to look forward to next season.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Saturday, January 09, 2016
Friday, January 08, 2016
She made one circuit of the tree, and was about to return to the path when she saw a pair of living eyes staring out at her from the leaves. She yelped. They blinked. Tentatively, she reached forward and parted the twigs.
The head of the man she’d taken for dead was on almost back to front, and his skull had been cracked wide open. But everywhere the wounds had bred sumptuous life. A beard, lush as new grass, grew around a mossy mouth that ran with sap; floret-laden twigs broke from the cheeks.
The eyes watched her intently, and she felt moist tendrils reaching up to investigate her face and hair.
Then, its blossoms shaking as it drew breath, the hybrid spoke. One long, soft word.
(from Weaveworld by Clive Barker)
8*/10. The full review is here.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Monday, January 04, 2016
Sunday, January 03, 2016
Saturday, January 02, 2016
Friday, January 01, 2016
May 2016 be an excellent year for everyone, reading-wise. Buy a kindle, visit your library, get into graphic novels. Heck, even "listen" to one via an audio-book, which I tried once and just couldn't get into.
If necessary, set yourself a reasonable reading goal. Something like 25 books for the year, which equates to one every two weeks. Write reviews if that sort of thing appeals to you. Join Goodreads to see what books your friends are enjoying.
But never stop reading.