Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Monday, July 29, 2019
“This would be a good time to apologize.”
“I’m sorry,” Harry croaked, struggling to breathe. “Maybe you’re not fat. Maybe you’re just pregnant with a wildebeest.”
Bernice, Herb’s better half, gently took her husband’s arm and led him away, probably saving Harry’s life. Harry grinned up at me.
“I’m glad his trainer stopped him before he ate us all.”
I shook my head. “You’re an idiot.”
(from Fuzzy Navel by J.A. Konrath)
8*/10. The full review is here.
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Friday, July 26, 2019
Thursday, July 25, 2019
He bared his teeth, white against his dark skin. “How long have you been a Wiccan?”
“A pagan. A witch.”
“I’m not a witch,” I said, glancing out the door. “I’m a wizard.”
Sanya frowned. “What is the difference?”
“Wizard has a Z.” He looked at me blankly.
(from Death Masks by Jim Butcher)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Monday, July 22, 2019
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Friday, July 19, 2019
“Miriam, would you come out please? I need some help.”
Miriam pulled the door open and stood there sullenly, her attitude more like thirteen than eleven. “I’m busy, Mom.”
Judith closed her eyes briefly, gathering herself, and then opened them again to gaze sternly at her eldest. “I have a deadline on Friday. I need you to help me find a game for your brother.”
“And if I do, can I finally have a genmod or an exspec?”
She had a brief image of a tuskless miniature mammoth or a glow-in-the-dark giant rabbit cavorting in the backyard. Why didn’t kids these days just want cats or dogs?
(from The Future, Imperfect by Ruth Nestvold)
6*/10. The full review is here.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Monday, July 15, 2019
“Crosswords are like (a) form of meditation, something you do when you’re alone. You’re trying to recall everything you’ve learned, being flexible enough to fit your accumulated knowledge into the right amount of squares. That’s what I love about puzzles. They can alter us, stretch our thinking, expand our awareness, push us to become something more.”
John prepared this quote years ago for when someone asked him about puzzles. He thought it was an impressive line and had been waiting for the right time to use it. Looking up at Rosa, he thought it worked.
“I think people just like to fill in boxes,” Rosa said.
(from The Enigmatologist, by Ben Adams)
8½*/10. The full review is here.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Friday, July 12, 2019
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Livy had had a Puritanical upbringing, but she had not been ruined by it. On Earth she had learned to drink and to like beer, had even smoked a few times, and had become an infidel or, at least, a great doubter. She had even tolerated his constant swearing and had let loose with a few blisterers herself if the girls were not around. The accusations that she had censored his books and thus emasculated them were off the target. He had done most of the censoring himself.
Yes, Livy had always shown adaptability.
(from The Fabulous Riverboat by Philip José Farmer)
5½*/10. The complete review is here.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Monday, July 08, 2019
“And this is to be our reward for braving destitution, fire, sword, and pestilence, for fleshing our swords in the enemy’s blood and going ourselves starved into battle. This, then, is the famous peace we dreamed of, when we tore the grass from the crannies in the walls to eat; when in our ignorance we often by mistake ate poisonous weeds, indiscriminately plucking them with livid hands of starvation, hardly less green than they. For all these proofs of our devotion, it would seem we are to be made a sacrifice.
If it be so, may you live to blush for a peace without either honour or advantage.”
(from Patricians and Emperors by Ian Hughes)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Sunday, July 07, 2019
Saturday, July 06, 2019
Friday, July 05, 2019
Thursday, July 04, 2019
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
“Perhaps there’s more to his death than meets the eye. Something feels not quite right.”
“What do you mean, more specifically?”
“It’s still mostly a gut instinct. I went to Uppsala and read all the witness statements, and there’s actually nothing inconsistent or odd about them except, well, precisely that there is nothing odd about them. If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that the truth is generally a little unexpected, or even illogical, since we humans aren’t entirely rational. Whereas lies, as a rule, tend to be consistent and comprehensive and often sound like a cliché – especially if the liars aren’t very good.”
(from The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz)
7*/10. The full review is here.
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Monday, July 01, 2019
The bad thing about fitted sheets is that there is absolutely no way to fold them nicely.
The good thing about fitted sheets is that since there is absolutely no way to fold them nicely, you can just scrunch them all together and no one can complain about your sheet-folding ability.