Saturday, April 30, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016
The homes were different. While mostly silver or white in color, they were muc closer in physical appearance to the buildings I’d seen in Riverfork. They stood three or four stories in height at most, and they all had the same steep roofs. Many of the buildings were connected by bridges because, as I later learned, the Tal’mar dread setting foot on soil. They believe it lowers them to the status of humans, whom many of them feel are little more than hairless apes.
(from The Tinkerer’s Daughter by Jamie Sedgwick)
7½*/10. The complete review is here.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
“We must be stealthy as rats in the wainscoting of their society. It was easier in the old days of course, and society had more rats when the rules were looser, just as old wooden buildings have more rats than concrete buildings. But there are rats in the buildings now as well. Now that society is all ferroconcrete and stainless steel there are fewer gaps between the joints. It takes a very smart rat indeed to find these openings. Only a stainless steel rat can be at home in this environment.”
(from A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born by Harry Harrison)
8*/10. The full review is here.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
I don't do Book Clubs. I do Book Blogs, GoodReads, and have participated in a cooperative book blog in the past. I enjoy all of those.
The problem with a book club is being told what book you are going to read this month. I know my inner voice. He will object strenuously to this come the second month.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
I can't say you were my favorite artist, but you were certainly an original and a one-of-a-kind. In the music world of cookie-cutter wannabees that allow themselves to be molded by the whims of record companies, you stand almost alone as someone who stayed true to his Muse.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
I’m not so sure the Big Guy’s not getting me back for something. Maybe I shouldn’t have sent that email to Shelby. Maybe I shouldn’t have keyed Reed’s car. Maybe I should have tithed more to my church. What if God is like the Godfather and so long as you pay up, he won’t break your kneecaps? What if the Old Testament was right, and you shouldn’t suffer a soothsayer to live – which – that would be me.
(from Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles by Will Clarke)
7*/10. The complete review is here.
Monday, April 11, 2016
To be honest, I had never heard of a Greengrocer's Apostrophe until I read this comic. And by this rating system, I am a bona fide grammar nazi. Which I already knew. But I am not a grammar neo-nazi. I value Oxford commas far too much to waste one by burning it on someone's lawn.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Saturday, April 09, 2016
Thursday, April 07, 2016
“He won’t release me,” Suke smiled cheerfully. “He’ll order me hanged and display my head on a pole as a warning to others. I don’t mind. Death will free me to enter my next incarnation. This time, I hope I return as a cat.”
“A cat.” Hiro had to ask. “Why do you want to become a cat?”
Suke’s lips curled into a knowing smile. He raised a hand to wipe the tendril of drool that started down his chin. “Cats catch mice. Mice eat grain. Grain makes sake. As a cat, I’ll find a brewery and kill its mice. The grateful owner will give me a bowl of sake every day!”
“Cats don’t drink sake,” Hiro said.
“I would,” Suke said.
(from Flask of the Drunken Master by Susan Spann)
8*/10. The complete review is here.