March 14th, 2015

Dead Dog Cat

#36, 37, 38

Although I was taken aback by the death of one of my favorite authors this week, and thus was derailed from posting a few things, I didn't stop reading. In fact, I found solace in some books, even if they weren't written by PTerry.

Anyway, I finished several books in the last few days.

First was Little People by Tom Holt. This author is another British fellow writing humorous fantasy. I find his work somewhat hit and miss. Some books I enjoy very much. Others are a chore to read. This one was the latter. Its protagonist starts in boyhood having run across an elf in his garden, and it all builds from there. Disappointing.

Next was The Churn, a novella from The Expanse series of stories by James S. A. Corey, a nom de plume for two authors working together. It's backstory for one of the characters in later novels, I gather, and sets the scene on Earth, giving an idea why humanity is shifting off-planet. Very good piece. I can't wait to start reading the second novel, now.

Finally, Osprey Raid #39: Takur Ghar: The SEALs and Rangers on Roberts Ridge, Afghanistan 2002. Something about this book rubbed me the wrong way. It's too detailed. There were places in the narrative where they were detailing individual wounds that the special forces troopers were taking. Really? Not one of the best Osprey books I've ever read.

So now I continue in the post-Pratchett period, and wonder if anyone will take up the challenge of writing Discworld novels. I mean, folks still write Sherlock Holmes material, and Oz books, so why not?
Dead Dog Cat

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We finally got out for a film, this week. We went to see Kingsman: The Secret Service, and I liked it better than any of the James Bond films I've seen, and I've liked most of the Bonds. I thought that one set of effects near the end of the film was a little over the top, but all-in-all it was a fun film.

As a trailer, I found out that there's going to be a film adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but from what little you can glean from a trailer, I don't find the actors that they've chosen to portray Solo and Kuryakin nearly as compelling as the guys from the TV show. We shall see. Even if only on Netflix.

forestcats has us working on something of a furniture-making project for the backyard; she got a very inexpensive metal sink with plumbing hardware attached, and now we're building a framework to hold it up, partially from found wood in our yard leftover from other projects or from things that we've torn down, and partially from new materials. Once completed, it should help make her gardening duties much easier.

Last night I escorted my wife to a dinner with a number of quilters and a scattering of husbands. Pleasant evening, marred by my fatigue. At least I didn't faceplant into the creme brulee...