Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Tagwen struggled to his feet, straightening his rumpled clothes and squaring his stocky body away. “Who are you?” he asked boldly. “What are you doing out here? How do you know so much about Pen and his father?”
“So many questions,” the old man said softly. “Life is full of them, and we spend it seeking their answers, first of one, then of another. It is our passion, as thinking creatures, to do so.”
(from High Druid of Shannara – Jarka Ruus by Terry Brooks)
6½*/10. The complete review is here.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
True dis. There was a time when your success as a musician was all about the talent you were blessed with, the motivation you could generate, and the amount of hours you were willing to devote to building on that talent.
Nowadays, musicians are judged by the dance choreography in their videos and their ability to twerk. Very sad.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
“I want you to take a team of men with rifles and search the whole forest,” she said.
“Um, right.” Dieter sounded confused. “Sorry, did you say rifles?”
“Rifles. Rhymes with ‘stifles’. I want you to search every square centimetre, and if you find a unicorn, or a white horse with a horn sticking out of its head, I want it shot and brought to me immediately. You got that?”
“Sure,” Dieter replied, making a note. “Unicorns. What if we don’t find any?”
“Keep looking till you do.”
(from Blonde Bombshell by Tom Holt)
8*/10. The complete review is here.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
You may find a lone mouse or a whole lot of mice,
But the plural of house is houses not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
The cow in a plural may be cows or kine,
But the plural of vow is vows and not vine.
And I speak of foot and you show me your feet,
But I give you a boot … would a pair be called beet?
(from The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg)
9½*/10. The complete review is here.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
Rome awoke to the great, collective hangover of the day after Saturnalia. All over the city hundreds of thousands of bleary eyes opened, the merciless light of morning pierced through them, and a vast groan ascended unto Olympus. Patrician and plebeian, slave and freedman, citizen and foreigner, all were afflicted and were half certain that Pluto had them by the ankle and was dragging them toward the yawning abyss; and, on the whole, they viewed the oblivion of the trans-Stygian world as not such a bad prospect at all. Even Stoic philosophers were retching into the chamberpot that morning.
(from Saturnalia, by John Maddox Roberts)
8*/10. The full review is here.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Sunday, November 06, 2016
The Deevels, the residents of Deva, were known as the best traders and negotiators. Now, granted, Aahz as a Pervect, could be tight with a penny, but as Aahz had warned, a Deevel could trade you out of the penny and the pocket you kept it in, and leave you naked and thinking you were better off for the deal.
(from Myth-ion Improbable by Robert Asprin)
4½*/10. The complete review is here.