This Week’s Book List

No time to write even short reviews of everything, sigh. A week of reading, hm, I’m all over the place here.

Time Travel!

1635: A Parcel of Rogues. Eric Flint & Andrew Denis.

A fun read, not pushing the envelope of the series.

1636: The Cardinal Virtues. Eric Flint & Walter Hunt.

Hm, not everyone loves all the innovation from the Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, um, I mean Grantville that got moved back in time to the Germanies. Queen Anne of France is pregnant all these decades, but King Louis & Cardinal Richelieu get shot. The new king… hm. Intrigue! Not quite a war!

Mystery+Historical Fiction!

Lord John & the Brotherhood of the Blade. Diana Gabaldon.

war story. Moderately interesting.

Lord John & the Hand of the Devils. Diana Gabaldon.

Mystery short stories. not impressed.

10 Little Wizards. Michael Kurland.

claims to be set in alternate-history 1988, but with tech set at trains & horses but no cars, I’d set it in Regency England.  How did a ghost kill the wizard in a locked room? Good trick. Not as good as Randall Garret’s original Lord Darcy mysteries.

Mystery!

Some Like it Hawk. Donna Andrews.

Realized after I started that I read it already. Read it again because its just that funny.

SFF!

Telzey Amberdon. James H. Schmitz.

People have been praising this book to me for years. Decades. I wasn’t that impressed. YA.

The Trouble Twisters. Garth Nix.

Sabriel & sequels was wonderful, the Keys to the Kingdom was mediocre, the TroubleTwisters was great fun. YA.

Jingo. Terry Pratchett.

“Do you need an excuse to have a war? I mean, who for? Can’t you just say “You got lots of cash and land, but I’ve got a big sword, so divvy up right now, chop chop.”

“Why are our people going out there,” said Mr. Boggis of the Thieves’ Guild.

“Because they are showing a brisk pioneering spirit and seeking wealth and … additional wealth in a new land,” said Lord Vetinari.

“What’s in it for the Klatchians?” said Lord Downey.

“Oh, they’ve gone out there because they are a bunch of unprincipled opportunists always ready to grab something for nothing,” said Lord Vetinari.

“A mastery summation, if I may say so, my lord,” said Mr. Burleigh.

The Patrician looked down again at his notes. “Oh, I do beg your pardon, I seem to have read those last to sentences in the wrong order…”

The Science of Discworld: Judgement Day.
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, & Jack Cohen.

meh. I skipped a lot. The other Sci of Discworld were better.

 

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