Monday, October 31, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
“If you had to guess, who do you think I was before?”
“I’m not much of a guesser. I try to teach my people to avoid it whenever possible.”
Selaste snorted. “I’ve seen you do it about a hundred times in the past week alone. All of you.”
“That’s educated speculation,” he said. “There’s a difference.”
“Gods,” she scoffed. “You’re usually a lot more subtle at deflecting questions.”
(from The Last Goddess by C.E. Stalbaum)
8*/10. The complete review is here.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
We're going to see these guys play tonight at the Crescent Ballroom. Doors open at 7:30, but there are no less than five warm-up bands, and the KONGOS aren't scheduled to play start until 10:30. That's way past my bedtime. We'll see if I can tough it out.
It will also be our second time taking the light-rail system to a downtown event. This time we'll act like we know what we're doing.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
I admit it. I had to wiki Basil Hallward. And it turns out I've read the book. I really like comic strips that assume the reader is an intelligent, and in this case, well-read human being.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
“These marks were made by small triangular mammalian teeth, probably canines.”
“Canine, but not dog?” Frock said. “Let’s not forget the principle of Occam’s razor. The simplest explanation is usually the correct one.”
Brambell tilted his head in Frock’s direction. “I know that Occam’s razor is held in great esteem in your profession, Dr. Frock. In mine, we find the Holmesian philosophy more apt: ‘When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.’”
“So what answer remains, Dr. Brambell?” Frock snapped.
“As of this moment, I have no explanation.”
(from Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child)
8*/10. The complete review is here.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Leary would go on to become one of the most revered and reviled symbols of the 1960’s. Huston Smith would enthusiastically join Leary’s psychedelic crusade, only to go his own way when the party got a little wild for an ordained, and happily married, Methodist minister. Richard Alpert, as Ram Dass, would continue to struggle with a voracious omnisexual appetite. Andy Weil would play hard-ball in his campaign to get Alpert and Leary kicked out of Harvard, only to replace them in the 1970’s as the new ringmaster of the drug culture.
(from The Harvard Psychedelic Club by Don Lattin)
10*/10. The complete review is here.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
Sunday, October 09, 2016
The second disappointment was personal. As had been prearranged, he and Burden-carries-Far spun a random-numbers disc, and Looks lost. He did his best to conceal his unhappiness, congratulating his colleague, who was appropriately apologetic for having won. Burden offered the honor to Looks, who formally declined, whereupon a joyful Burden sorrowfully prepared to open the hatch door and be the first to set foot on the Shirazian surface.
(from Quozl by Alan Dean Foster)
7*/10. The complete review is here.
Saturday, October 08, 2016
Friday, October 07, 2016
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Monday, October 03, 2016
Chee presumed these radio blind spots were caused by the mountains but there were other theories. Deputy Sheriff Cowboy Dashee insisted that it had something to do with magnetism in the old volcanic necks that stuck up here and there, like great black cathedrals. Old Thomasina Bigthumb had told him once that she thought witches caused the problem. True, this part of the Reservation was notorious for witches, but it was also true that Old Lady Bigthumb blamed witches for just about everything.
(from Coyote Waits, by Tony Hillerman)
8*/10. The full review is here.