Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017
“She could be killed!”
“True, but many women are dying for Spain, so why should Miss Parker not die for Britain?” Vivar took off his shirt and brought out his razor and mirror-fragment. “I think you are fond of her,” he said accusingly.
“Not especially,” Sharpe tried to sound offhand, “but I feel responsible.”
“That is a most dangerous thing to feel for a young woman; responsibility can lead to affection, and affection thus born, I think, is not so lasting as …” Vivar’s voice faded away.
(from Sharpe’s Rifles by Bernard Cornwell)
9*/10. The full review is here.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
The most common question, though, concerned the date etched into the rock’s surface. Why did it say 1620, visitors wondered, rather than 1492? Wasn’t that when Columbus arrived?
“Or they ask, ‘Is this where the three ships landed?’” Claire said. “They mean the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. People think Columbus dropped off the Pilgrims and sailed home.”
Claire had to patiently explain that Columbus’s landing and the Pilgrims’ arrival occurred a thousand miles and 128 years apart. “Americans learn about 1492 and 1620 as kids and that’s all they remember as adults,” she said. “The rest of the story is blank.”
(from A Voyage Long And Strange by Tony Horwitz)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
“Of course, when the Chulduns began infiltrating the palace, they brought in their crocodile-god, too, and a flock of priests, and King Kurchuk let them set up a temple in the palace. Naturally, we preached against this heathen idolatry in our temples, but religious bigotry isn’t one of the numerous imperfections of this sector. Everybody’s deity is as good as anybody else’s – indifferentism, I believe is the theological term.”
(from Paratime by H. Beam Piper)
5½*/10. The full review is here.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
He smiled as he eyed the dark-haired beauty in the first row who would prove to be Birte. He had noticed her the minute he had entered. He was aware that the combination of slim legs and large breasts was often synonymous with silicone implants, but Stop was no opponent of cosmetic surgery for women. Nail polish, silicone: In principle, what was the difference?
(from The Snowman, by Jo Nesbo)
9½*/10. The full review is here.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Monday, May 08, 2017
Sunday, May 07, 2017
"Excuse me?" he asked.
"There's something weird going on. You've got to get over here right now."
"Who is this?"
"It's Coaly Banks! Who the hell do you think it is?"
"Ahhhhh, Miss Banks, how are you?"
"I've got a big line down the middle of my body! How do you think I am?!"
"Beautiful," he replied.
(from Lickety Split by Marlin Williams)
8½*/10. The complete review is here.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
Friday, May 05, 2017
“He’s a shrewd cookie, Philly Nine, always was. Mad as a hatter, too, of course.”
“I see.” Jane sat down on a desperately fragile Tang-dynasty vase, the molecular structure of which Kiss was able to beef up just in the nick of time. “So he’s dangerous.”
“You might say that,” Kiss responded, spitting out apple pips, “if you were prone to ludicrous understatements. If midwinter at the South Pole is a bit nippy and the Third Reich was, on balance, not a terribly good idea, then yes, Philly Nine is dangerous. Apart from that, a more charming fellow you couldn’t hope to meet. Plays the harpsichord.”
(from Djinn Rummy by Tom Holt)
8½*/10. The full review is here.