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Going Dark, Linda Nagata 28 February 2021 - 3 comments

2015 military SF, last of its trilogy. James Shelley has abandoned friends and family to be a covert soldier for The Red, the mysterious AI that's now a power in the world. But just because he thinks the things he's doing are important, that doesn't necessarily make him valuable.

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The Far Side of the Stars, David Drake 27 February 2021

2003 military SF, third of this ongoing series. Peace has broken out between Republic and Alliance, which means that Leary's command, the captured corvette Princess Cecile, is being sold out of service. But she's bought by a foreigner who needs a ship and a crew for his expedition to backwater space.

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Monster Hunter 26 February 2021 - 2 comments

2020 fantasy action, dir. Paul W. S. Anderson, Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa: IMDb / allmovie. A US Army patrol somewhere in Afghanistan is about to meet something it really didn't expect…

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Give a Corpse a Bad Name, Elizabeth Ferrars 25 February 2021 - 2 comments

1940 murder mystery in rural England. Anna Milne, the local Mysterious Widow, comes into the police station to report that she's run over and killed a man. As the investigation progresses it starts to look as though this was no accident; but ex-journalist Toby Dyke suspects the police are on the wrong track.

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Perl Weekly Challenge 101: Spiral Origin 24 February 2021 - 1 comment

I’ve been doing the Perl Weekly Challenges. The latest involved packing an array and a standard geometry problem. (Note that this is open until 28 February 2021.)

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Shadow in the Clouds 23 February 2021 - 6 comments

2020, dir. Roseanne Liang, Chloë Grace Moretz, Taylor John Smith: IMDb / allmovie. In 1943, Flight Office Maude Garrett boards a B-17 that's ferrying from Auckland to Samoa, with secret orders and a mysterious package. But she's not the only unexpected passenger on this flight.

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Shadow Game, Christine Feehan 22 February 2021

2003 SF romance, first of an ongoing series. Captain Ryland Miller volunteered to become a psychically-enhanced soldier, but he's ended up in a cage. Lily Whitney, daughter of the scientist running the project, has abilities of her own, and when her father disappears she has to work out who might be trustworthy.

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Flamme Rouge by Forum 21 February 2021 - 2 comments

I have written and released software for running games of Flamme Rouge by forum.

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Boardgames in Isolation: February (part 1) 20 February 2021 - 2 comments

More boardgames played from home.

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Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch 19 February 2021 - 3 comments

2014 contemporary fantasy, fifth in the series. Peter Grant, Metropolitan Police constable and magician, goes to Herefordshire to help the local force with the investigation into the disappearance of two girls.

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Perl Weekly Challenge 100: Time Triangle 18 February 2021

I’ve been doing the Perl Weekly Challenges. The latest involved converting time formats and more tree traversal. (Note that this is open until 21 February 2021.)

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 15 February 2021 17 February 2021

This Meetup-based boardgames group remains on-line for the moment; as usual we got together on Jitsi and then played some games online.

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Shadows in Death, J. D. Robb 16 February 2021

2020 SF/mystery; sixty-second story of 51st novel of J. D. Robb's In Death series (SF police procedurals). The latest murder victim whom Lt Eve Dallas is investigating was killed by a professional assassin… who's a figure from her husband Roarke's criminal past, and who may be out to get him too.

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The Physicians of Vilnoc, Lois McMaster Bujold 15 February 2021

2020 short fantasy novel in the World of the Five Gods (formerly known as Chalion). Penric and the demon Desdemona are called on to look at an unusual illness that's struck the barracks near his home town. Which wouldn't be quite as bad if he hadn't sworn off medicine after it nearly killed him.

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Everything is the New Sprouts, Briefly 14 February 2021 - 4 comments

Shopping continues to be a bit strange.

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Colossal 13 February 2021

2016, dir. Nacho Vigalondo, Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis: IMDb / allmovie. Gloria is a drunken wreck who's gone back to her hometown; and a giant monster is rampaging through Seoul. Spoilers.

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Soul Hunt, Margaret Ronald 12 February 2021

2010 urban fantasy, third of the trilogy. After the events of the previous book, Evie Scelan is getting by, just barely, but things are gradually getting worse. Even her power to track down lost objects seems to be fading.

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Gemina, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 11 February 2021

2016 YA science fiction, middle volume of a trilogy. As the survivors of the Kerenza colony fled towards safety, they sent distress calls to the jump station that was their destination. They got no replies. This book explains why.

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Perl Weekly Challenge 99: Unique Match 10 February 2021 - 1 comment

I’ve been doing the Perl Weekly Challenges. The latest involved globbing and building sub-sequences. (Note that this is open until 14 February 2021.)

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A Trail Through Time, Jodi Taylor 09 February 2021

2014 science fiction, fourth in the Chronicles of St Mary's series. Dr Madeline Maxwell is dead, and that's not even the hardest problem she's got to deal with.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 1 February 2021 08 February 2021

This Meetup-based boardgames group remains on-line for the moment; as usual we got together on Jitsi and then played some games online.

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Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, David Simon 07 February 2021

1991 non-fiction. Simon spent 1988 looking over the shoulders of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Division and writing articles about them for the Baltimore Sun.

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Elephants Can Remember 06 February 2021

2006 adaptation of Christie's 1972 mystery, in a single 90-minute episode. Ariadne Oliver is buttonholed by a woman who wants to find out the truth about the deaths of her son's fiancée's parents, fourteen years ago; Poirot investigates.

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Perl Weekly Challenge 98: Insert N 05 February 2021

I’ve been doing the Perl Weekly Challenges. The latest involved reading tiny chunks from a file and searching a list. (Note that this is open until 7 February 2021.)

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Boardgames in Isolation: January (part 2) 04 February 2021

More boardgames played from home.

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The Last Hero, Leslie Charteris 03 February 2021

1930 thriller. The Saint and Pat Holm stumble across a weapon so terrible it cannot be allowed to exist, even in the hands of the British government. Vt The Saint Closes the Case.

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Blood Heir, Ilona Andrews 02 February 2021

2021 modern fantasy, first in the Aurelia Ryder series, sequels to Kate Daniels. Eight years after Julie Lennart left post-magic-apocalypse Atlanta, Aurelia Ryder is back, with a new face, a prophecy to subvert and a murder to solve.

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January 2021 Trailers 01 February 2021 - 2 comments

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

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