The Other McCain

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

Brain Candy

— compiled by Wombat-socho Many years ago, when I was living in Minnesota and involved in an amateur press association yclept Stipple-APA, one of the other contributors used the term “brain candy” in reference to SF that didn’t make you think too hard, but was nonetheless entertaining, and didn’t make you feel like you’d wasted […]

Book Launch!

— by Wombat-socho I could have sworn we had a “Shameless Capitalism” tag in here somewhere, but I guess not. Anyway, since I took the day off yesterday, I’ll be doubling up on the linkagery today as soon as I get back from having my claws filed this afternoon, but I did want to mention […]

A Farewell To Analog

— by Wombat-socho I grew up with Astounding/Analog SF, which for many years was the science fiction magazine, and am old enough to remember the end of John W. Campbell’s tenure as editor there. ASF and Campbell (and to a lesser extent, his successor Ben Bova) shaped my tastes in SF, as they did for […]

Mother Cat Defends Kitten, Racks Up Impressive Body Count

— by Wombat-socho Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy! *ahem* I can honestly say that I haven’t fallen in love with an MHI book so hard since Monster Hunter: Nemesis, and oddly enough, the two books have a fair amount in common. Neither has Owen Pitt as the protagonist, and in both of […]

Off the Shelf

— by Wombat-socho Cash being a bit low of late, everything that follows is from the Clark County Library (and hopefully in your local library as well) or the Kindle Owners Lending Library, which is another reason to shell out for Amazon Prime if you haven’t already. Probably the pick of the litter is Brad […]

Hermione Granger At The Marco Polo Bridge

— by Wombat-socho Aside from the occasional used book, I haven’t bought any books from anyone but Amazon in quite a while. This year, I made an exception and actually paid list price for the Compton Crook Award winner’s debut novel, The Poppy War, by R. F. Kuang. As The post title indicates, this is […]

The Return Of The Book Posts

— by Wombat-socho It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Haven’t posted about books since the end of last August, when I started on getting clear of my old apartment and into a new one. That having been dealt with, and my Uber career ended in the process, I’m going to have a lot more time […]

Decline and Fall

Marcus Aurelius. “I devoured Gibbon. I rode triumphantly through it from end to end and enjoyed it all. I scribbled all my opinions on the margins of the pages, and very soon found myself a vehement partisan of the author against the disparagements of his pompous-pious editor.” — Winston Churchill, My Early Life A six-volume […]

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