2014; 19th book of Jack Reacher. Some bad man has had a long range
shot at the chief man of France, but few men are good enough to have a
go, and Jack put one of them in clink some years back. So some spies
bring him on board to help catch the bad man, and be bait.
2014, 13 episodes:
Also known as I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying. Slice of
life comedy dealing with the daily routine of a busy office lady and
her otaku husband.
1995: Isis Whit is the Elect of God and heir-designate to the small
cult of Luskentyrianism, the granddaughter of its founder; she's lived
all her life in its holdings near Dunblane. But now one of the members
in London has fallen out of contact in an odd way, and it's up to Isis
to travel outside and try to get her back.
Since the group is apparently now on Meetup, we got a much bigger
meeting than we've sometimes had in the past, around twenty people
Back in the day I played quite a lot of
VGA Planets. Now I'm
thinking, not for the first time, about writing a computer game in the
same broad style.
2003 comic fantasy. Paul Carpenter applies for a job as a "junior
clerk" at J. W. Wells, not knowing just what it is that they do; but
it seems to be something really quite strange. He'd chuck it in if he
hadn't fallen for his fellow junior clerk…
In Simutrans, there are various ways of crossing the sea, though they
basically boil down to bridges and tunnels.
Ninth thriller in the series about Charlie (Charlotte) Fox, former
soldier and current private bodyguard. Children of the super-rich are
being kidnapped in the Hamptons, and Charlie is hired by the mother of
one of the potential victims. But it's all more complex than it looks.
Take this list, remove a thing, sort it by how much you like the
things, add a thing at the top, a thing in the middle, and a thing at
the bottom (preserving the sortedness, pedants):
2014, 13 episodes:
Mars was seeded with engineered cockroaches and mould. Five hundred
years later, they ate the first manned mission. The second one had
only two survivors. Now it's time for the third.
2001 SF, expansion of 1985 short story. A scientist invents a
hyperspace drive that's easy to build and use, and tells the world.
Things don't go as smoothly as he expects.
As an introduction for new players, I ran this variant scenario: it's
Gulf Escort Deja Vu, but with a British Type 23 (Somerset) and Lynx
rather than the Canadian Halifax and CH-124A attempting to get the
tanker past the Iranian missile boats. Total real time was two weeks.
It's election season here in the UK – for the first time, since we've
moved to fixed-term Parliaments, a protracted American-style election
season rather than a few short weeks. These are the things I'd try to
do if anyone were daft enough to put me in charge; they're also
promises that would encourage me to vote for people who made them.
2014, 24 episodes:
follow-up to 2012's
Sword Art Online.
The survivors of the VR MMO Sword Art Online go on to new adventures.
1979, cosy American detective fiction; first of MacLeod's novels of
Professor Peter Shandy. In a New England agricultural college, the
local busybody has had an accident, or been murdered. But was it
really over the question of Christmas decorations?
I do very little shopping in person these days, and it's mostly in
supermarkets. But yesterday I went to get a periodic eye test, so I
thought I'd wander around our local shopping centre, "one of the top
fifty shopping destinations in England". All images are
Yesterday was the weekly meeting of
Wycombe Warband, at the
in Beaconsfield; I went along to play some more X-Wing.
I'm still taking advantage of my employer's leave year ending in
January, so Ashley came over to
play some X-Wing.
Back to the boardgame café. With
images; cc-by-sa on
"Modern" (i.e. post-WWII) naval warfare is surprisingly underserved by
the wargaming community. There's Harpoon, of course, which I know and
love, but it's a bit heavy on detail for many people. Shipwreck!,
written by Martin Bourne and published in 1999 by Vandering
Publications, is the "other" game, and it takes a much lighter
2008 SF/romance. Sirantha Jax is a jumper, one of the rare humans who
can navigate FTL ships through grimspace. But her ship crashed, her
pilot/lover died (along with everyone else on board), and she may be
2014, 10 episodes:
Sequel to last spring's Hitsugi no Chaika.
The daughter of the evil mage-emperor is still collecting his remains
in order to give him a proper funeral.
Contemporary fantasy. Peter Grant, Metropolitan Police constable and
magician, investigates the death of a man found stabbed on Baker
On 9 January 2014 I made my first post to this blog.
2014 SF; sequel to Honour's Knight. With most of the powers in the
known universe arrayed against her, Devi is still infected with the
virus that could solve everything (or bring it all crashing down).
2013, dir. Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee:
Outcast girl Maddy manages to get onto the cheerleading squad after
its leader dies in a bizarre accident. But she has revenge in mind,
for what is not yet clear, and that's only the beginning.
1910; melodrama. In the middle of the 17th century, Claudia Particelli
is mistress to the Cardinal (Prince-Bishop) of Trento, and everybody
will come to a Bad End.
This long-running games convention started off as a Diplomacy
gathering. These days it's a blend of board-gaming and roleplaying.
1971 collection of earlier fiction; various stories of action during
the Second World War.
2014, 12 episodes:
Modern Tokyo is infested by ghouls, who eat humans. Kaneki is about to
become their latest victim.
To a mate's place in London on New Year's Eve for beer, games and
On a chilly December day, I drove to Greenwich (do not do this, by
the way; if you don't have twenty-odd quid in coins or a disposable
credit card, just park in Lewisham, it's less hassle) and visited the
National Maritime Museum. (Many photos follow;