I've carried a SOG Powerlock II for years, but it was getting old and
tired. This replaced it as my main belt tool.
2015 SF/mystery; fifty-first (roughly) of J. D. Robb's In Death
series. Two serial killers have crossed the USA and landed in New
York; Lieutenant Eve Dallas tracks them down.
2014-2015 urban fantasy, 16 episodes. The succubus Bo faces her
biggest challenges yet, as her father tries to use her to take over
Contemporary fantasy, fourth in the series. Peter Grant, Metropolitan
Police constable and magician, looks into a number of cases that seem
to be tying back to a Brutalist tower block in Southwark.
We recently switched to a new search engine at work, largely written
by me with a standard back-end library.
2009 mystery, third in the series. Constable "Thorny" Deepbriar goes
to the local seaside town while his broken leg finishes healing, but
he can't leave detection alone. Not only is someone stealing garden
gnomes, but a body found on the beach is someone Deepbriar thought had
died when he was a very green copper sixteen years ago during the war.
2012 horror, dir. Drew Goddard, Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth:
Five teenagers go for a weekend trip to a remote cabin. It doesn't end
2008 alternate-history suspense/thriller, last in the "Small Change"
trilogy. In the fascist Britain of 1960, former Inspector Carmichael
still runs the Watch, the secret police charged with rounding up Jews,
Communists, and other undesirables; his adopted niece, Elvira, is
looking forward to her début.
I had an article in
linking the general ideas of After the End to the specifics of
Reign of Steel.
2005 non-historical fiction. Mosca lives in a tiny rural village, but
her exiled father taught her to read and to love words. She takes her
first opportunity to escape, and finds herself (and Saracen the goose)
mixed up in matters that will determine the fate of a great city.
Also over Easter, I went to the Museum of Science and Industry in
Manchester. Images follow:
2016 SF and fantasy. Patricia is a witch who can sometimes talk with
animals, and Laurence is a budding mad scientist. Having met and split
up during their hellish schooldays, they meet again as the world seems
to be winding towards its end.
We didn't make it to Thirsty Meeples in March but did manage to get
together for a couple of longer games at my place. Images follow:
2016 supernatural mustery, sixth in Oswald's Inspector McLean
series. A police raid following a tip-off about a brothel goes wrong:
there's sex being had, but it all seems to have been consenting
swingers, except for one registered sex offender. Then people start
As another post-eye-surgery present to myself, I bought the lazy man's
ultimate accessory: spectacles that turn one's field of view through
2015 non-fiction, popular science; short pieces introduce the
scientific explanations for commonplace oddities.
This supplement deals with powers that break the rules, for
Lovecraftian aliens, superbeings, and weird lone genius inventors.
2015 fantasy, light novel adaptation in 13 episodes:
Momonga stays on-line as his favourite VR MMORPG Yggdrasil is shut
down, and finds himself not kicked out but stuck in the game world.
And now the NPCs are acting like people…
2002 military SF, long-delayed final volume in the Antares trilogy.
The combined human fleets are taking on the Ryall menace, to remove it
once and for all. But is there any option short of extermination?
2015 crime, series finale; in a double-length episode, most of the
original cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation return for one last
case. Someone is sending suicide bombers into Las Vegas; can that
someone really be Lady Heather? No, of course not.
2002 historical detection, twelfth in Greenwood's Phryne Fisher
series (1920s flapper detective in Australia). Phryne looks into
trouble at a French restaurant, the disappearance of a young woman,
and the murder of old soldiers.
A recent news item on Revolv home hubs made me want to revisit my
feelings on the Internet of Things.
2013 modern occult secret service novelette, between The Apocalypse
Codex and The Rhesus Chart in the Laundry Files series. Bob
Howard is sent to inspect a livery stables, because they're buying a
worrying amount of meat.
This initial supplement in a new line deals with dwellers in the world
after the end of civilisation.
2007 alternate-history suspense/thriller, second in the "Small Change"
trilogy. Eight years after the "peace with honour" of 1941, as Mark
Normanby's new government is cracking down on Jewish communist
terrorists, a bomb goes off in a Hampstead suburb. Inspector
Carmichael, compromised but useful to his political masters,
Mini-TringCons are all-day house gaming events run by the organiser of
TringCon, in Deepest
Buckinghamshire. Images follow:
2012 modern occult secret service, fourth in the Laundry Files
series. Bob has been promoted to management, and has to supervise a
couple of freelance agents. Seems an American televangelist is getting
too much into favour with the Prime Minister…
This is simply the best wireless access point I have used.
2000 military SF, first in the Valor/Confederation series. Staff
Sergeant Torin Kerr's platoon of Marines is just back from a hard
fight when their liberty is cancelled and they're sent off to escort a
group of diplomats as they try to get a recently-discovered world to
join the Confederation. Then things get worse.
Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are