Monday, July 31, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “You getting anything?” Graham asked.
    “I have this vague feeling that someone else is here, but that’s it.  I can’t see or hear him.”
   “Huh.  Any ideas, Bob?”
   Graham listened.
   “He says you won’t see him unless you really want to.”
    “I do want to!”
   “Some part of you doesn’t, he says.”
   Great.  I was being psychoanalyzed by a walking piece of deep shag.

    (from Nolander by Becca Mills)

    7½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Goat's Butter

    Magnificent pun aside, who knew such a thing existed?

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Van Dorn was not prepared.  He had long ignored the physical needs of his men, and he was about to pay a heavy price.  Trudging through the mud and snow, his men were short on warm clothes and rations.  Deprived of weapons and sufficient ammunition, hundreds of his soldiers went into battle armed with squirrel rifles and shotguns.  Many in his three brigades of Native Americans opted for more dependable bows and hatchets.  Cold, hungry, outgunned, his troops were easily routed in what historian James McPherson called “the most one-sided victory won by an outnumbered Union army during the war”.

    (from The History Buff’s Guide to the Civil War by Thomas R. Flagel)

  7½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Gandalf and the Balrog

    Never trust a wizard.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Facebook Advice

    You better believe it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday Punnery

    Last Sunday's 'Pearls Before Swine' strip, and, being a pun-lover, I am in total awe.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    She looked up at him.  “Want to learn a few tricks?  Brush up a little?”

    Nick caught the challenge in her tone.  He was good at unarmed combat, but Selena was way out of his class.

    “”If you think you can handle it.”

    “Me?  Or you?”

    Nick had sixty pounds and two inches on her.  The sixth or seventh time Selena brought him to the mat, the thought crossed his mind he was getting a little old for this kind of brushing up.

    (from Black Harvest by Alex Lukeman)

    7*/10.  The complete review is here.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cat Glasses

    We'll overlook the three misspellings (and we're not even counting "dis"), for the sake of a way-kewl triple illusion.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


    Thanks for the rain, monsoon.  But you could've waited until we were finished walking the dogs.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The existential moment

    Yeah, I fell for it.  And I do editing.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Incest, lovemaking, illegitimate, compound incest, excrement, excrement, excrement, oral-genital contact, rectum, castration, diseases passed by lovemaking primitive anal lovechildren!  I’ll kill the lovemaking offspring of dogs!  I’ll burn this lovemaking world down to the bedrock!”

    (from The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold and Larry Niven)

    5½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Post-It Fun

    I gotta try this.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Music Saturday

    Or Star Wars Saturday.  Either is fine.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Driving on a Runway

    True story - once upon a time, I drove on an airport runway, illegally, and in a VW beetle.  It was obviously a very small airport, called Starlight Field, IIRC, and located in Chandler, Arizona.

    I got on it accidentally, but I admit, I was aware of what it was immediately, and I thoroughly enjoyed fish-tailing down the gravel runway.  What I didn't count on was the airport's keeper living in a house at the end of the runway, coming out to see my antics, and jumping in his pick-up and giving chase.

    At the runway's end, there was a bit of a rut, then a curb, then a road again.  So it was easy to make my escape.  Alas, a VW Beetle with a driver and three passengers is no match for a guy in a pick-up, and he eventually caught up to me, and flashed his lights for me to pull over.  Which I did.

    He asked me if I knew I was on an airport runway, and I said, "Sure.  But once I was on it, I figured the quickest way off was to drive to the end."

    He accepted this story (It pretty much was the truth), and we parted on amicable terms, after he warned me that I could've been hit by an airplane landing there.

    It should be mentioned that when he pulled me over, and got out of his truck to come talk to me, my three passengers were all telling me to put the Beetle in gear and flee the scene for Phase 2 of The Chase.  I resisted the temptation.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    I liked Holgren.  I even trusted him, to a degree.  But he was still a mage, and being around a mage was like being around a ‘tame’ lion.  You could never fully let down your guard.  They were just too powerful, and too unpredictable.  Their motivations were too obscure.  Ultimately, I think, the kind of power a mage dealt with on a daily basis pushed him, eventually, beyond mundane considerations such as right and wrong.  He tended to think more along the lines of ‘possible’ and ‘impossible’, and the ‘impossible’ list was a lot shorter for a mage than it was for you or me.

    (from The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung)

    8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Buying Books

    Truer words were never spoken.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hotel California

    Actually, Hotel California was a song about members of The Eagles visiting a Satanic service, and being rather unimpressed.  The titular hotel had been purchased by the Satanist church.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Everyone in my village liked U2,” I said.  “Everyone in my country, maybe.  Wouldn’t that be funny, if the oil rebels were playing U2 in their jungle camps, and the government soldiers were playing U2 in their trucks.  I think everyone was killing everyone else and listening to the same music.  Do you know what?  The first week I was in the detention center, U2 were number one here too.  That is a good trick about this world, Sarah.  No one likes each other, but everyone likes U2.”

    (from Little Bee by Chris Cleave)

     8½*/10.  The full review is here.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Book Review Friday

    With our guest book reviewer tonight, Her Majesty Queen Victoria!!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

History Thursday

    Strange.  Very bizarre.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    I looked out the window at the same view I’d seen for the last ten years and counting.  I was bored with Modesto, bored with being Noah Bains’s loser daughter, two loser marriages, loser modeling career, and anything else I might try my hand at – but what else could a loser like me do?  I was about to turn forty, right foot in a walking cast, cane on the left, a nonexistent love life, living with a monosyllabic father who had enough of his own hangups to put mine to shame.

    (from A Dead Red Cadillac by R.P. Dahlke)

    8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Happy Fourth of July (again)

    Well, whaddaya know.  I did find time today to post on the blog.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Happy Fourth of July

    Yeah this is a day early, but I usually forget to post anything on holidays, and this one caught my eye today.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Tuba or Not Tuba

    That is the question.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Surreal Saturday

    Artist: Mother Nature.