Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hard Nosed Noir Alt-History

Hard Magic by Larry Correia is a treat
Book 1 of the Grimnoir Chronicles
Occurring in early mid 19th Century America
Many of the major players of the day are mentioned
Their history is Alt, and entertaining
Gist of the story is
Jake Sulliven, a Heavy, is upset
He is having a lot of bad days
He will not stop until what needs fixing is fixed
Very entertaining and varied magicks

Political enemies and alliances are fluid
The Imperium (Japan) is powerful
And behaving badly
The "new" weaponry is imaginative
Tesla's work is the alt-science baseline
Page burning escapist fun
I look forward to more

Music to fit the mood
Glenn Miller
The best of The lost recordings

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Needed Some Candy; Found It; Sated; Baited

Deus Ex: Icarus Effect did just what I needed
Faded away into story land
Violence, Weapons, Augmented Bodies
What more could I ask for
Big Konspiracy (sic) of course
The Illuminati, nothing less
What fun, What fun!
Very Good Story Telling
Two characters with admirable ethics
Complexities of we broken; mending humans
James Swallow
Writer, Scriptwriter, Gaming stuff
Knowing this, the book was better than expected
My "negative gaming cognitive effect"
It's personal (I read, I read, I read)
Time;  Make Time, Make Time, Make Time
Soylent Green on my brain
I must get over it
My sister sent my 7 yr old a DS lite
E gads! she's gaming
I must get over it
It's 2011, I need to embrace the present
We will be buying more James Swallow
I need my candy

Music at the moment
Lucinda Williams
West
Alejandro Escovedo
Real Animal
Keepers

Monday, September 19, 2011

Another Very Positive Adventure To The Young Adult Shelves

Someone recommended Graceling recently
Kristin Cashore delivered the goods
Everyone I mentioned it to said
Oh, Fire is even better
I am now cruising through Fire
Good reading
The magic manifests uniquely
The characters have depth
The plotting keeps me hopping
Fire seems to be a sequel but
A series may be in the making
One can hope

p.s. Just finished Fire
No running in the Library
But get to YA and enjoy!

Tunes
The Doors
Live in Vancouver, 1970
17 minutes 55 seconds of Light My Fire
17 minutes 57 seconds of The End

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Golden Age Of The Solar Clipper Continues To Satisfy

Full Share kept me turning pages with ease
Nathan Lowell is so good at what he is doing
Full Share continues the story of a young man
Booted from a Corporate Planet when his mom died
Landing a job on a space freighter
He learns to be of service to his ship and crew
You can not help but like the guy
You leave each book wanting to know more
The Golden Age of the Solar Clipper or Solar Clipper series
I can hardly wait for Double Share, coming soon
I hope

Music
Emmylou Harris
All I Intended To Be

Three slow deep breaths
om

Monday, September 12, 2011

Heart Of Iron Seduced Me

Ekaterina Sedia grabbed my mind
The book would not let go
Heart of Iron is a total genre mash-up
First and foremost, Steampunk
Heady alt history espionage thriller
And so much more
It all happens in Tsarist Russia
The Decembrists have started the unstoppable
Change can not always be controlled
The young fem Noble finds strength
Her accomplices are many and varied
The language feels just right for the era
Great fun!

Appropriately named group for the music
Decemberists
The King is Dead
The Hazards of Love
Enjoy it all

Richard