Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Monday, January 29, 2018
Sunday, January 28, 2018
“What do you want now? I don’t know any bombers or anarchists. My ignorance of such things is precious to me, and I intend to keep it until I die peacefully of old age, sitting in the sun on some park bench. I can’t help you – but I suppose I can try, if you insist.”
“Lieutenant Edwin Lovat,” Pitt replied. He liked McDade and he had nothing pleasanter or more useful to do than extract information from him a piece at a time.
“Dead,” McDade said simply. “Shot through the chest – heart, actually. Small handgun, close range. Very neat.”
“Great skill required?” Pitt asked.
“Only for a blind man with a moving target.”
(from Seven Dials by Anne Perry)
8½*/10. The complete review is here.
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
“You must forgive Uzzret,” he said. “At times he is … overzealous.”
Ellonlef raised her bound hands and wiped the blood from her split lips. “I cannot forgive a man who would have killed me, bound or not. As to his zeal, I say his devotion has become madness.”
Varis shrugged. “Fanaticism is, at times, useful.”
(from The God King by James A. West)
5½*/10. The complete review is here.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018
They were in one of those double rooms with a sliding accordion divider in case a large group needed the extra space. Another meeting was under way on the other side. Someone kept opening and closing the divider. Serge caught glimpses of glazed adults in a variety of robes and talismans. The Lower Keys Chapter of People Susceptible to Joining Cults. The members attended religiously. The moderator was trying to get them to stop coming. The divider closed.
(from Torpedo Juice by Tim Dorsey)
7½*/10. The complete review is here.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
Singer Janis Joplin, who in 1968 was screeching out her voice with a California group called Big Brother and the Holding Company, said that she was not a hippie, because hippies believed in trying to make the world better. Instead she said she was a beatnik: “Beatniks believe things aren’t going to get better and say, ‘The hell with it’, stay stoned, and have a good time.”
(from 1968 – The Year That Rocked The World by Mark Kurlansky)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Monday, January 08, 2018
Sunday, January 07, 2018
Saturday, January 06, 2018
”What exactly are you wanting from me?”
“This is the time which the Starflyer has worked for. The time for good men to draw a line in the sand and say: No more.”
“No further,” Adam muttered.
Bradley sipped his tea and smiled. “In the past, maybe. But in the here and now, I know what must be done. Little of it will be pleasant.”
“Revolution never is for those who live through it.”
(from Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton)
The complete review is here.
Friday, January 05, 2018
Thursday, January 04, 2018
This is quite true at our house in the winter, even though we live in Phoenix. I like things pleasantly warm as I walk around barefoot and in cutoffs. Liz prefers things to be arctic frigid.
She wins every time. Something about "dressing for the season".
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Monday, January 01, 2018
True dis. Whenever I got sick as a kid, the only thing I was given to drink was Ginger Ale and/or Grapefruit Juice. And in either case, it had to be Canada Dry.
I doubt there's any medical justification for that. But it beat being limited to water. And hey, I always got better after a couple days of it.