November 22nd, 2014
November 21st, 2014
November 19th, 2014
November 18th, 2014
Over the last few days I finished reading two books.
First was Osprey Raid #35: The Last Ride of the James-Younger Gang: Jesse James and the Northfield Raid 1876. Now, I don't usually do much with Western novels, but this isn't a novel, but a short treatise on how a gang in the Wild West might try to take down a bank or a town. I found it surprisingly interesting. Recommended for folks with an interest in the post-Civil War US.
As to the second one, Racine: An Historical Narrative: United Commercial Travelers of America Convention Souvenir, published in 1920: I'd downloaded it from the Internet Archive because I did a lot of growing up in Racine, Wisconsin, and had learned very little of its history. About a third of the book is truly devoted to history; about half describes the local major industries and financial folks, while the rest is devoted to advertisements for various companies. When I lived there forty years later, many of the companies were still there, so I found it intriguing. Unfortunately, the OCR software did a miserable job of copying, so it was borderline unreadable. I don't recommend anyone else go looking for it.
We finally got a chance to watch X-men: Days of Future Past yesterday, and we were very impressed, and that's saying a lot when you realize that I can't stand time travel movies anymore.
November 17th, 2014
November 16th, 2014
I've gotten way behind on commenting on comics that I've read, so here goes:
First of all, Trees #5, 6: a bit eerie, still interesting, the first saga has two more books to go, then they go into a different tale about it all.
Then, Supreme Blue Rose #3, 4: Odd art, odd storyline, I can't entirely say that I understand it yet, but I'm still intrigued.
Next, Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: War Cry #5 finishes the storyline. Satisfying? I'm not sure. I really do prefer the books. I may have to truncate following further titles in this line if and when another is released. We'll see...
Then, Saga #23, 24: A fun ride still.
Next, Dead Boy Detectives #9, 10: I'm still enjoying these, as they wander in other realms.
Then, Letter 44 #10, 11: The alien station awakens, and the idiot US President screws up royally.
Next Protectors, Inc #9: One of the few superhero books I read, and I'm fascinated by the "normal" detective trying to solve the mystery of the murder of one of the superfolk by another. Hopefully another book in this saga will be out in the next week or two.
Then, Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #3, 4: War of the worlds Usagi-style. Major characters are dying left and right (will they stay dead???) and the invasion continues.
Next, Deep Gravity #3, 4: monster in the shipwreck, oh my!
Then, Tales of Honor: On Basilisk Station #5: this finished the story from the first book of the Honor Harrington novels, but apparently they are going to continue with a new book title. I'm looking forward to it; I enjoy the artwork, and it appears that they may add some bits that aren't in the novels per se. We'll see.
Next, God Hates Astronauts #1, 2: I hate this. No more. Ick.
Then, War Stories: Castles in the Sky #1, 2: WWII B-17 bomber flyers and what they experienced. Cool.
Next, The 7th Sword #5: heading into the climax.
Finally, Ten Grand #11: nice finish to this part of the saga. I liked the art, and certain scenes were beautifully portrayed. I look forward to the next in the series.
Whew! Too long between...
I've had the time to read a bit lately, but not enough time to tally it here. So I'll take a few moments this morning to catch up:
Earlier this week, I finished reading Ancillary Sword, the sequel to Ancillary Justice, and to my mind pretty much as good. I like the world that Ann Leckie has described in this series, and I really enjoy the actions of the protagonist. I can't wait to see where things go from here!
Next was Osprey New Vanguard #1: Kingtiger: Heavy Tank 1942 – 1945, which was a pretty good description of the German weapon that was built to counter the numbers of tanks that the Allies built to fight them.
Last night, before falling asleep, I finished Mike Resnick's new book Cat on a Cold Tin Roof, the third book of a mystery series in which the private investigator keeps getting involved in cases in which peoples' pets have a significant influence. In this one, a cat escapes the scene of a murder, and finding it gives a clue about the perpetrator. Good fast read.
Yesterday was the wedding day of my second cousin, Max, to his lovely Kanako. I had to work in the morning, and then we raced down I-15 to Carlsbad, where the ceremony took place on the beach at sunset. The weather in our neighborhood was cloudy and cool, so I had fears for the scenery when we got there, but it was clear and a little warmer there, so we had the joy of watching the colors of Sol setting behind the Chupah.
I really enjoyed reconnecting with so many of my Minnesota relatives, and meeting Kanako's family and friends. The appetizers during the cocktail break were delicious, and I was very impressed with the reception dinner. We had to leave much earlier than most other folks due to having to return to the Inland Empire for today's day of duty, so we only danced a little bit. All-in-all a fun time.
May their marriage be long and joyous!
I'm a horrible person.
I missed the birthdays of queenxofxthrash, pyalgroundblz, and ognenna.
I hope you all had wonderful days, yesterday, and many more to come!
November 14th, 2014
November 13th, 2014
November 12th, 2014
November 11th, 2014
November 10th, 2014
It's almost restful, going back to work after such a busy weekend...
Saturday, I started out at the barber's, and then my beloved and I went to the Autry Museum to the American Indian Arts Marketplace. We met up with Vanessa and axelicious and wandered a bit. Following that, Kira joined us a Tropicalia restaurant in Los Feliz...delicious.
Sunday, I finally did some work in the backyard that's been waiting for the time to get done, and then we cooked up dinner for the cast of Dungeonmaster. We carried out our duties as front of the house crew, and the show was a blast! Takedown, then home.
In the midst of all of this, we have a tiny kitten, rescued from the street who needs to go to his permanent home in San Jose; in the meantime he's an attention hog.
Also, the turkeys will soon be prepping for this holiday coming up soon.
Busy, busy, busy...
November 8th, 2014