Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
“You must know this. Elizabeth is in love with you and is distressed that you are in love with someone else.” (…)
“Oh, gods above. I never knew.”
“I am sorry I had to tell you,” said Salasso, the double edge of his words as polite as ever. “But it may be important for our expedition that you know this. It would be good if you were considerate of what she feels, and if you took great care not to give her any opportunity, in a moment of danger, for recklessness on your behalf.” Some humor returned to his expression. “Or against you, come to that.”
(from Cosmonaut Keep by Ken MacLeod)
7*/10. The complete review is here.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
“Who are you, traveler? Where do you come from?”
I had thought I would invent a name for myself; but suddenly there seemed no reason to do that. “I am Gilgamesh,” I said, and waited for her to laugh in my face, as one might do if I had said, “I am Enlil” or “I am An the Sky-father.” But she did not laugh. She looked at me long and close, frowning. I felt the presence of her, strong and warm and good. I said after a moment, “Do you know of me?”
“Everyone knows the name of Gilgamesh.”
“And is Gilgamesh a murderer?”
“He is king in Uruk. Kings have bloody hands.”
(from Gilgamesh The King by Robert Silverberg)
6*/10. The complete review is here.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
“Well, we’re almost there. Stop one of our Yorkshire literary tour. We’ll see the famous parsonage at Haworth, where the ill-fated but creative Bronte family lived, loved, and died to the last member. You’ve read the novels, of course?”
“I’ve seen the movies,” Joseph said. “I worked at MGM when they were making the Wuthering Heights with Larry Olivier.”
“So you’ve never read the novels?” Lewis’s lips thinned slightly.
“I might have scanned them in school.” Joseph shrugged, refusing to admit to anything. “Real men don’t read Jane Eyre.”
(from The Graveyard Game by Kage Baker)
8*/10. The complete review is here.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Monday, October 09, 2017
“You know, once I was listening to NPR,” I said, completely at random. “They were broadcasting a piece about cryogenics, about how lots of people are opting to just freeze their head because it’s so much cheaper than getting your whole body frozen.”
“Guess what song they played for the closing?”
“’Put Your Head on My Shoulder.’”
(from Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris)
8½*/10. The complete review is here.
Sunday, October 08, 2017
IIRC, 3-man chess is a real thing, although I don't believe I've ever played it. Still, the idea of two players ganging up on a stronger third player (a similar strategy is standard fare in the game of Risk), is kind of intriguing.
Saturday, October 07, 2017
For the record, my introduction to Monet and French Impressionism was a trip to the Phoenix Art Gallery one time, n order to earn extra credit in the French 115 night class I was taking at the time.
Friday, October 06, 2017
Thursday, October 05, 2017
It was late afternoon when I decided a break was needed, and took my dad’s old farm truck to Roxanne’s Truck Café. I continue to come here even though I’m razzed, teased and jeered at on a variety of subjects, like, “How long does it take a girl crop duster to finish spraying for mites?” the answer being, “Mite be now, mite be later.”
(from A Dead Red Heart by R.P. Dahlke)
8*/10. The complete review is here.