Thursday, November 29, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Non-magic people (more commonly known as Muggles) were particularly afraid of magic in medieval times, but not very good at recognizing it. On the rare occasion that they did catch a real witch or wizard, burning had no effect whatsoever. The witch or wizard would perform a basic Flame-Freezing Charm and then pretend to shriek with pain while enjoying a gentle, tickling sensation. Indeed, Wendelin the Weird enjoyed being burned so much that she allowed herself to be caught no less than forty-seven times in various disguises.
(from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Monday, November 26, 2018
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Friday, November 23, 2018
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Twelve snails went walking after night,
They’d creep an inch or so,
Then stop and bug their eyes
Some folks… are… deadly… slow.
Twelve snails went walking yestereve,
Led by their fat old king.
They were so dull their princeling had
No sceptre, robe, or ring-
Only a paper cap to wear
When nightly journeying.
(Vachel Lindsay, from "The Haughty Snail-King")
(from The Congo, and Other Poems by Vachel Lindsay)
7*/10. The complete review is here.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Monday, November 19, 2018
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018
Bloch stepped into the waist-high transformer pit and wrestled the gun onto its bipod in firing position. Santini simply pushed the ammo dolly in ahead of himself. The cannisters were padded against shock, but a direct hit from a laser might penetrate. The best result the crew could hope for then was a low-order explosion that might not kill them. If the bead of deuterium at the heart of each cartridge detonated, hard suits weren’t going to make any difference to the resulting thermonuclear explosion.
(from Redliners by David Drake)
5*/10. The complete review is here.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
My wife sent me grocery shopping yesterday, and out of eleven items on the list, I messed up on three of them.
I didn't get the eggs that were on sale. I blame Fry's. I got the ones that were right behind the "on sale" notice on the door. That was very misleading.
And I swear the Ro*Tel no-salt original-flavor 10-oz. diced tomatoes and the Barilla's Whole-Grain 13.25 Lasagna Noodles don't even exist.
Monday, November 12, 2018
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Saturday, November 10, 2018
“No!” Morelli said. “You can’t borrow my pickup. You’re death on cars.”
“I am not death on cars!”
“Last time you used my car it got blown up! Remember that?”
“Well, if you’re going to hold that against me…”
“And what about your pickup? And your CRX? Blown up!”
“Technically, the CRX caught fire.”
(from Four To Score by Janet Evanovich)
8*/10. The complete review is here.
Friday, November 09, 2018
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Monday, November 05, 2018
Sunday, November 04, 2018
Saturday, November 03, 2018
One evening a number of young men raided the Zenith Socialist Headquarters, burned its records, beat the office staff, and agreeably dumped desks out of the window. All of the newspapers save the Advocate-Times and the Evening Advocate attributed this valuable but perhaps hasty direct-action to the American Legion. Then a flying squadron from the Good Citizens’ League called on the unfair papers and explained that no ex-soldier could possibly do such a thing, and the editors saw the light, and retained their advertising. When Zenith’s lone Conscientious Objector came home from prison and was righteously run out of town, the newspapers referred to the perpetrators as an “unidentified mob”.
(from Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis)
8½*/10. The complete review is here.