Thursday, May 31, 2018
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Monday, May 28, 2018
“This is the thermo-carrier we use to travel swiftly between bases.”
“How does it work?” asked Talbot, intrigued.
“It’s very basic science actually,” the controller explained, flicking a few more switches above his head. “Throughout the Earth there is a constant stream of heat which, when in a controlled environment such as this thermo-tube in combination with normal gravitational energy manipulated by the hull of the carrier, can be harnessed to propel a large transport at incredible speeds underground.”
“I’m glad you said it was basic; I’d hate for every single thing you just said to have gone completely over my head.”
(from Beyond Hades by Luke Romyn)
5*/10. The complete review is here.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Friday, May 25, 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
It was a curious moment in the history of naval warfare. Room 40 knew a U-boat was heading south to Liverpool – knew the boat’s history; knew that it was now somewhere in the North Atlantic under orders to sink troop transports and any other British vessel it encountered; and knew as well that the submarine was armed with enough shells and torpedoes to sink a dozen ships. It was like knowing a particular killer was loose on the streets of London, armed with a particular weapon, and certain to strike in a particular neighborhood within the next few days, the only unknown being exactly when.
(from Dead Wake by Erik Larson)
9½*/10. The complete review is here.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
“He doesn’t have a tail,” he said.
“Neither do you,” I said, “but I wasn’t going to mention it. He’s a Manx.”
“I’ve heard of them,” he said. “They don’t have tails, do they?”
“They’ve outgrown them,” I said, “even as you and I. When you come right down to it, what does a cat in this day and age need with a tail?”
I’d offered this by way of small talk, but he took it seriously, creasing his high forehead in thought. “I wonder,” he said. “Doesn’t it play a role in keeping the animal balanced?”
“He sees a therapist once a week,” I said, “and when he has a problem we talk about it.”
(from The Burglar In The Rye, by Lawrence Block)
8½*/10. The full review is here.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
I'm amazed at how the Western view - both the liberals and the conservatives - of Palestinians is basically one of dehumanization. The predominant attitude is that they're just a bunch of dirty Arabs, and there's no reason to get upset about 50 or 60 Palestinian kids getting shot and killed by Israeli forces.
I am not taking sides in the latest conflict. Neither side is "totally right" or "totally wrong". But what I do deplore is that each Israeli death is seen as a tragedy, while each Palestinian death is seen as just some animal being slaughtered.
They are all humans. Their lives are all equally important.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
“Do not let this queen business go to your head. I don’t plan for it to last.”
“What are you talking about?” Robie said. You are the queen. There’s not much you can do about that.”
“You’d be surprised,” she said. “After all, I am queen. If I say things are going to change, you’d better take it seriously.”
“Whatever do you mean?” I said. “Will you step down from the throne?”
Robie snorted. “Is that even allowed?”
“Not exactly,” Analyn said, filling our teacups. “I have something else in mind, a system where every citizen will vote to choose their leaders.”
Robie laughed aloud. “You want to put the peasants in control of the government?” he said.
(from Tinker’s War by Jamie Sedgwick)
7½*/10. The complete review is here.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018
“Are you really a magistrate?”
“Yes, I really am.”
“From where?” Her eyes narrowed, like those of a suspicious cat.
“Charles Town. But I originally served the bench in London for many years.”
“You have experience in witch trials?”
“No, I do not. I do, however, have much experience in murder trials.” He offered a faint smile. “All the jurists I know who have experience in witchcraft trials are either writing books or selling lectures.”
(from Speaks The Nightbird, Volume 1 : Judgment of the Witch by Robert McCammon)
9*/10. The full review is here.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Monday, May 07, 2018
Sunday, May 06, 2018
Saturday, May 05, 2018
What does a Riddler do?” she asked, breaking the long silence.
Twardy Zarost grinned and jutted his beard into the air. “A Riddler’s work is a simple thing. I must hide the truth without lying.”
“Do you ever speak straight?”
Zarost laughed. “You mean to say am I ever not a Riddler?”
“When do you say exactly what you mean?”
“Always will I tell the truth, always near the Ring, forsooth.”
“But you’re always confusing me. All your answers have two meanings, or more.”
“If some people do not understand the Riddler it is because they are not hearing properly.” He waggled a finger at her. “If some people listened more dearly, they may be able to hear things clearly.”
(from The Riddler’s Gift, by Greg Hamerton)
8½*/10. The full review is here.