mwl also writes in-depth technical books and actually knowing things comes through in relevant scenes (these aren't tech-thriller books, I don't want to give the wrong impression). That general "this is all plausible" detail comes through in the rest of the story too. Oh, and there's characters too. I should have mentioned that earlier, probably. They're all well written and if the general premise is your kind of thing, you'll be wanting to see what happens next. I certainly am. [2/2]
I'm now done #amreading the #books "Butterfly Stomp Waltz" and "Terrapin Sky Tango" by @mwlucas and here's for the fediverse review. One of my book-types is "Thriller, in SPACE!" but I figured I would make an exception on the "in SPACE!" part this time. I'm glad I did as they were two enjoyable stories. [1/2]
The WMG Holiday Spectacular isn't just a bunch of stories. It's a fascinating experiment in the publishing biz. Throw in a few bucks, and get a literary Advent calendar.
Plus: a brand-new Beaks tale, with blood under the tree!
Best line of the book
From "Terrapin Sky Tango: a Beaks thriller" by @mwlucas
"Also, I need to remember to send the library some cash."
I've finished #amreading Butterfly Stomp Waltz by @mwlucas for my latest #book and non-spoilery, I want to compliment him on having plausible "protagonist hacks a computer" scenes. Oh, and I enjoyed the book too. Gonna hold off on buying the sequel until Friday night or so, so I don't spend too much time reading when I have other things to take care of.
uspol adjacent, #blowout #book
I finished #amreading Blowout by Rachel Maddow the other day. If you like her show, she reads the audiobook. The way the book is written I'm sure the audiobook works as a very extended "A block" of her show. If audiobooks fit into your world, consider listening rather than reading this one.
I need to do a blog post, but as ALL the best people on the Internet are on the Fediverse:
Last January, I sold a story to the Pulphouse anthology "Snot-Nosed Aliens." At #Penguicon 2019, I read it. Aloud. Before a live studio audience and everything!
The anthology is out, so... here it is.
If you've never tried my fiction, it won't get any easier than this.
ST: Discovery S2 (whole) vs Downton Abbey movie, vague spoiler
Having seen both now @alpine_thistle I can say that yes, Discovery has a far more satisfying story arc for Paul/Hugh than Downton did for Thomas with that "hey, no record and maybe someday it will be better? WINK AT THE AUDIENCE" and everyone else who had been given a good ending gets that reinforced a little bit more.
@lapis since you were mentioning dystopias the other day, and I've finally gotten mostly through https://weightlessbooks.com/authors/kelly-link-authors/the-magazine-of-fantasy-and-science-fiction-september-october-2019/ I must say it sure fits the bill there, more so than usual, to me.
Dear neighbor, your garden is intruding on ours. Please don't do anything to stop this. #florespondence
So my library didn't have the current Expanse ebook, and I requested it for the collection. Got the email this afternoon that my hold was now waiting and bam, 2 minutes later I was (almost) #amreading Tiamat's Wrath.
#GameOfThrone Fire and Blood thoughts
I just finished #amreading the above #book. Overall, I'm in the "meh" camp on this one. The style here is of an arch maester writing a scholarly history of the age, from what seems to be right around the time of the start of the main book series. There's some good stories in it, but it's broken up by constant lists of Houses and while it's a nice callback to be reminded of So-and-sos namesake, there's even more irrelevant ones.
Hey @alpine_thistle are rainwater / stormwater gardens something the city recognizes out there? I was just thinking that might be a path forward to having a wild area in your lawn again.
ukpol, slapping tories
as the rules of british parliament are being used to muzzle opposition, remember the actions of Bernadette Devlin when, as the sole witness among mps of the bloody sunday massacre, she was refused the opportunity to speak and refute reginald maulding's lies
also incredible how calm and articulate she manages to be in this fucking horrible interview afterwards
cw for misogyny and discussion of violence
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