Thursday, March 30, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
“Hey, you’re up early.”
I made a valiant effort to sound cheerful. “Heck, I’ve already had breakfast. Jan made it.”
“Ah, Jan’s there. That explains why you were out and about and not answering your phone. How’s Jan?”
I liked the way this was going. No reason for Jenks to wonder if we’d been up to no good, because if Jan was with me it was a given, and he usually just didn’t want to know details unless he had to post bail.
(from Just Needs Killin’ by Jinx Schwartz)
7½*/10. The complete review is here.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
The semicolon has been rightly called “a compliment from the writer to the reader”. And a mighty compliment it is, too. The sub-text of a semicolon is, “Now, this is a hint. The elements of this sentence, although grammatically distinct, are actually elements of a single notion. I can make it plainer for you – but hey! You’re a reader! I don’t need to draw you a map!”
(from Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss)
9½*/10. The complete review is here.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
A blizzard, you say? Storm of the decade? Basketball and hockey games being cancelled due to the weather?
Here in Phoenix, we'll have sunny skies for the rest of the week. Highs in the 90's the whole time, topping out at 95°F on Saturday.
Time to make cookies while carpooling.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
Teela said, “Speaker, are you sure?”
“Of course,” the kzin answered. “The portside rim wall is visibly larger.”
Louis smiled to himself. He had never had war training, but he knew something of war. He’d been caught on the ground during a revolution on Wonderland, and had fought as a guerilla for three months before he could get to a ship.
One mark of a good officer, he remembered, was the ability to make quick decisions. If they happened to be right, so much the better . . .
(from Ringworld by Larry Niven)
8½*/10. The full review is here.
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Monday, March 06, 2017
“You killed the dragon?” she said is disbelief. “How?”
“With Sir Elberone’s (sic) lance.”
“He only had one.”
“No, I mean which dragon?” .
(from The Dragon’s Breath by Jamie Sedgwick)
6*/10. The complete review is here.
Sunday, March 05, 2017
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Friday, March 03, 2017
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Humans! They lived in a world where the grass continued to be green and the sun rose every day and flowers regularly turned into fruit, and what impressed them? Weeping statues. And wine made out of water! A mere quantum-mechanistic tunnel effect, that’d happen anyway if you were prepared to wait zillions of years. As if the turning of sunlight into wine, by means of vines and grapes and time and enzymes, wasn’t a thousand times more impressive and happened all the time. . .
(from Small Gods by Terry Pratchett)
10*/10. The complete review is here.