Monday, January 30, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
My standards were sliding swiftly. At first I had insisted I would only work at a company with a mission I believed in. Then I thought maybe it would be fine as long as I was learning something new. After that I decided it just couldn’t be evil. Now I was carefully delineating my personal definition of evil.
(from Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan)
7½*/10. The complete review is here.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
True dis. My wife is a germophobe, but has caught two different viruses since the holidays. One was bronchitis, the other a stomach flu.
In fairness, it should be noted that she gave me the latte. I've been nusring a sore throat and a persistent cough for the past three days.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
“They’re shooting to kill, you realize.”
“Of course I realize it! What in hell did you do?”
“They seem to think I’m one of the terrorists, the ones with the nuke.”
“And are you?”
“Are you nuts? This investigation has been a balls-up from the beginning.”
“They seem pretty damn convinced.”
“You yourself said they were stupid.”
“I said you were stupid.”
“You never said I was stupid.”
“Yeah, but I was thinking it.”
(from Gideon’s Corpse by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child)
6*/10. The complete review is here.
Monday, January 23, 2017
RIP, Salvador Dali. Died 01/23/89. This is one of my favorite Dali paintings, although, truth be told, I have about 100 of those.
It is, however, my favorite Dali title:
50 Abstract Paintings which Seen from Two Metres Change into Three Lenins Disguised as Chinese and Seen from Six Metres Appear as the Head of a Royal Tiger
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
“Good to see you,” W said gloomily. “How’s things?”
“Well,” Smith said, “our engine room’s full of killer frogs, our convoy got blown up and we’ve opened a portal to Hell. Still, mustn’t grumble.”
“Killer frogs, eh?” W nodded thoughtfully. “While I bear amphibians no ill will – indeed, man has much to learn from the toad – an engine room full of them sounds excessive.”
(from A Game of Battleships, by Toby Frost)
7½*/10. The full review is here.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
He had entered Shaor’s territory and had escaped unscathed. He had power over food; he could make it inedible for one but succulent for another. His soldiers had repeatedly defeated Shaor’s band. To their simple, degenerate minds there was only one thing to do when faced by a god more powerful than their own: convert.
(from Elantris by Brandon Sanderson)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Monday, January 09, 2017
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Saturday, January 07, 2017
Friday, January 06, 2017
“It must be hard, your job,” she said. “Telling people this sort of thing.”
He nodded and looked away. For a moment he thought of the old squad room joke about the easiest way to do next-of-kin notification. When Mrs. Brown opens the door, you say, “Are you the widow Brown?”
(from Trunk Music by Michael Connelly)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Thursday, January 05, 2017
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
As a reader/reviewer, I can say that, beyond the humor, there is a lot of truth to this. There are some authors that can mesmerize me with long and obscure words. But in the hands of an amateur, such things are awkward at best, and grating at worst.
Monday, January 02, 2017
“Well, it is a fact, Jamie, that the TARDIS was not really designed for, umm, the purposes to which I put her. My people, who have mastered the technologies of time themselves, rather frown on mucking about with time by anybody else. And so, you see, the TARDIS is specifically designed to react when she detects evidence of any such, ah -“
(from Doctor Who – The Wheel Of Ice by Stephen Baxter)
8*/10. The complete review is here.