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Dying Light, Stuart MacBride 20 November 2018

2006 police procedural mystery, tartan noir, second in the Logan McRae series. A house is burned down, with the doors fastened shut so that the occupants can't escape; a prostitute turns up battered to death; and DS McRae deals with the aftermath of a bungled raid, and tries to serve two masters.

November 2018 Solo Mini Convention 19 November 2018 - 3 comments

I spent another Saturday playing solo games. St Theoktiste of Lesbos, whose feast day is 10 November, supposedly spent 35 years in solitude, so seems an appropriate person to commemorate in this way. (Not to mention there aren't that many Lesbian saints.)

With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

A Symphony of Echoes, Jodi Taylor 18 November 2018 - 2 comments

2013 science fiction, second in the Chronicles of St Mary's series. Max, time-travelling historian, kills Jack the Ripper, sorts out an attack from the future, and puts history back on course by making sure Mary Queen of Scots gets married on schedule to Bothwell.

Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 5 November 2018 17 November 2018

This Meetup-based boardgames group continues to meet at the Marlow Donkey.

Torchship Captain, Karl K Gallagher 16 November 2018

2017 science fiction, final volume of the trilogy. As Disconnected Worlds and Fusion combine, reluctantly, to fight the rebel AIs, politics continues.

The Guard 15 November 2018 - 5 comments

2011 crime drama/comedy, dir. John Michael McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle; IMDb / allmovie. On the rural Connemara coast, Sergeant Gerry Boyle has no time for people who don't want to let him do things his own way, but he still gets the policing done. Now, with the possibility of a huge cargo of cocaine coming in, there's an FBI agent in town…

The English School of Murder, Ruth Dudley Edwards 14 November 2018

1990 mystery, third in the Robert Amiss series. Having resigned from the Civil Service on a point of principle, Amiss doesn't have much luck getting a job; an old police friend asks him to look, informally, into a School of English where one of the teachers has died under suspicious circumstances. More deaths follow.

Doctor Who 2/11.06: Demons of the Punjab 13 November 2018 - 6 comments

What a difference a new writer makes! Yes, this episode's not perfect, but it mostly gives the cast something to do, it uses the setting for more than mere background prettiness, and it has an alien menace that's resolved by talking rather than fighting.

Thoughts on the Armistice after a hundred years 12 November 2018 - 2 comments

I spent a quiet day yesterday.

Clarkesworld 146, November 2018 11 November 2018

Clarkesworld is a monthly on-line magazine edited by Neil Clarke.

Post-Essen Solo Mini Convention 10 November 2018

Still a bit weary after Essen, I spent a Saturday playing solo games. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

Apex 113, October 2018 09 November 2018

Apex is a monthly on-line magazine edited by Jason Sizemore among others.

Doctor Who 2/11.05: The Tsuranga Conundrum 08 November 2018 - 4 comments

Chibnall writes one more time. And he writes an awfully generic "something nasty on the spaceship" story, which I suppose is another way of saving your creative energy for something you find more interesting while still getting paid for the job you're half-arsing.

Computers at the V&A 07 November 2018

The Victoria and Albert Museum was having two computer-related exhibitions. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

Essen 2018 haul 06 November 2018

This post is about what I brought back from Essen – as well as some things I'd been thinking about but ended up not buying.

The Alchemists, Geary Gravel 05 November 2018

1984 SF. In a distant future, humans are desperately settling worlds as their alien-donated FTL ships become increasingly unreliable. Only native human-level life will prevent the colonisation of a new planet, and no life has ever been judged to be human-level. But the evaluation team on Belthannis is faced with something entirely new.

GURPS Steampunk 2: Steam and Shellfire, Phil Masters 04 November 2018 - 1 comment

This is the second of the new GURPS Steampunk supplements, updating and extending the old book; it is primarily a book of equipment.

The Silver Ghost, Charlotte MacLeod 03 November 2018

1988 cozy American detective fiction; eighth of MacLeod's novels of Boston Brahmin Sarah Kelling and art investigator Max Bittersohn. Sarah and Max have been invited to a Renaissance Revel at the Billingsgates', to work out what's happened to their missing 1927 New Phantom Rolls Royce.

Doctor Who 2/11.04: Arachnids in the UK 02 November 2018 - 6 comments

Chibnall writes yet again. He's sole scriptwriter on four of the first five episodes (and of course the season finale), and co-writer on the fifth. And he's supposedly controlling the overall direction of the show. It's too much for one person to do well on a TV production schedule.

October 2018 Trailers 01 November 2018

Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal. Calibration: I hate everything.)

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