No time to write even short reviews of everything, sigh. A week of reading, hm, I’m all over the place here.
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!
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.
Some Like it Hawk. Donna Andrews.
Realized after I started that I read it already. Read it again because its just that funny.
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.