The Other McCain

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

Ursula LeGuin, RIP

— compiled by Wombat-socho Not going to lie: I didn’t care much for Ursula LeGuin’s writing. Had to read The Left Hand of Darkness in college, and it was okay, but “The Word For World Is Forest” was crap, and “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” was vile. After that, none of what she […]

A Tattoo-Covered, Mentally Ill Ex-Stripper Whose Real Name Is Chelsea Van Valkenburg Publishes Dishonest Book

  Today is the official publication date of a dishonest book by the woman who caused #GamerGate, whose story I explained last year: “Zoe Quinn” was Patient Zero of the #GamerGate controversy. A tattoo-covered, mentally ill ex-stripper whose real name is Chelsea Van Valkenburg, Quinn was the creator of a tediously dull game called “Depression […]

Taking Out The Laundry

— by Wombat-socho Welcome to another all-too-infrequent book post at The Other McCain. As you might have guessed from the post title, this post is mostly going to be about Charles Stross’ Laundry novels, which are about the adventures of “Bob Howard”, a rising star in the British agency tasked with defending Her Majesty’s realms […]

Indian Country and Other Not-So-Happy Endings

— by Wombat-socho The last time I had the energy to do a book post, it was during a slack time of tax season, and since then things have been busy, seldom in a good way. For one thing, I lost my Kindle somewhere along the way back from Balticon, and I was also rear-ended […]

Shortly Before The Detour

— by Wombat-socho First, some administrivia: I’ll be in Minnesota from tomorrow morning through next Tuesday night, and so there will be no daily bloggage, nor will there be an FMJRA this Saturday. Rule 5 Sunday will be delayed until Sunday, April 16, when we’ll have the Easter Sunday Double-Dip Edition, so go ahead and […]

A Small Collection Of (Mostly) Violent Bedtime Stories

— by Wombat-socho It’s been so long since I’ve done a book post, I can’t even remember when it was. Sometime last year, for sure. Anyhow, before we get any further into 2017, I want to cover some of the books I read late last year, since not everyone reads everything, and I may have […]

If You Want Books, You Got ‘Em

— by Wombat-socho I was more than a little appalled to realize I hadn’t done any book posts since July, when I wrote about Don Surber’s Trump The Press, Jean Larteguy’s The Praetorians, and even some SF. So in this post I’m going to play catch-up and briefly talk about the new stuff I managed […]

The Hugo Awards Are Dead; Long Live The Dragons!

— by Wombat-socho First, the obligatory commentary on the just-concluded Worldcon, which will be diminishing in importance from here on out with the advent of the Dragon Awards, from our Supreme Dark Lord and the International Lord of Hate. All I have to say is that I’m glad I didn’t waste $50 on a supporting […]

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