The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Secret Wars And Silos

– compiled by Wombat-socho I thought I’d already read David Drake’s What Distant Deeps, the eighth book in his Lieutenant Leary/RCN series, but I was wrong, and gladly so. Drake has become a master of filing the serial numbers off obscure historical events, repainting them, and turning them into decent adventure novels, and What Distant […]

The Index Is Up!

– by Wombat-socho Good heavens. I’ve been doing book posts since May of 2013. So many books, plus a few videogames, movies, and a Weird Al album. Anyway, the index is up at Wombat’s Bookshelf. Feel free to look through the list, maybe click on the links and buy some books. Tis the season for […]


– by Wombat-socho So, I packed a bunch of stuff off to the Shenandoah with me last week, and managed to get them all read – or at least enough so that I feel good about giving an informed opinion. First off, no love for Dan Abnett’s Horus Rising, a ponderous tome leaden with Warhammer […]

What #Feminism Hath Wrought

@LauraKipnis is an expert on why men deserve your contempt. Just in time for the holidays, feminism isĀ the gift that keeps on giving, andĀ another academic sadist tells us what’s wrong with men: Laura Kipnis begins her preface to Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation . . . with an interesting idea: Writing about someone marks […]

Weekend Reading

– by Wombat-socho I am heading off into the Shenandoah Valley this weekend to spend Thanksgiving Day weekend with the family of an old friend, but before I grab my bags and head out into the rain, I need to stuff a few books into my range bag since I’ll be avoiding the Internet this […]

Sequels And Weirdness

– by Wombat-socho This week has been all about sequels, which in this particular instance is a Good Thing, because all of these sequels are pretty good stuff. We’ll start with Larry Correia’s Spellbound, the bridge novel between Hard Magic and Warbound, and as such it explains a lot of what’s going on in the […]

Hard-Boiled And Hard Core

– by Wombat-socho This week was spent reading a lot of naval history – Morison’s The Two-Ocean War, of course, because it’s enormous, and James Hornfischer’s The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, an excellent recounting of the Battle of Samar, in which half a dozen escort carriers with their puny screen of destroyers […]

“He Was A Very Nice Boy…He Used To Write Science Fiction”

– by Wombat-socho I am speaking, of course, about Neal Stephenson, who after two unsuccessful novels broke out with the wildly successful Snow Crash, a wild tale about hackers, feudal corporatism, an Aleutian with a nuke, and a girl and her dog. He followed that up with the even more complex and fascinating The Diamond […]

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