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Summer Lightning, P. G. Wodehouse 28 February 2024

1929 comedy. All the couples are at odds, but more importantly, the Empress of Blandings is missing. US vt Fish Preferred.

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Eclipse the Moon, Jessie Mihalik 27 February 2024

2022 SF/romance, second of a trilogy. Kee Ildez knows that human-adjacent hottie Varro Runkow isn't interested in her, and anyway she's got lots of hacking to do to track down the various conspirators left in the wind…

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The Secret Chapter, Genevieve Cogman 26 February 2024

2019 alternate-world fantasy, sixth of its series. The world where Irene went to school is threatened by chaos, and only a particular book will save it. But that means she's going to have to deal with the Fae…

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The Weekly Challenge 257: Smaller than Echelon 25 February 2024

I’ve been doing the Weekly Challenges. The latest involved list processing and matrix testing. (Note that this ends today.)

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The Emperor's Coloured Coat, John Biggins 24 February 2024

1992 historical naval fiction. In spite of his best efforts, Linienschiffsleutnant Otto Prohaska of the Austro-Hungarian Navy is not going to avert the First World War.

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Hidden Depths, Ann Cleeves 23 February 2024

2007 contemporary police mystery, third in Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series. A few days apart, two unrelated people are strangled, a troubled young man and a trainee teacher, and their bodies laid out in water surrounded by flowers.

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RoboCop 22 February 2024 - 2 comments

1987 science fiction, dir. Paul Verhoeven, Peter Weller, Nancy Allen: IMDb / allmovie. When do we start? As soon as some poor schmuck volunteers.

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Defender, Mike Shepherd 21 February 2024

2013 military SF, eleventh of the Kris Longknife books. Kris has a planet to defend.

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Eighth 1 Player Guild UK Meet 20 February 2024 - 2 comments

The 1 Player Guild is a group of solo game players, communicating through BoardGameGeek. This was the eighth get-together for the UK contingent.

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Mortal Arts, Anna Lee Huber 19 February 2024

2013 historical mystery; second in Huber's Lady Darby series (post-Regency amateur detection). On the way to Edinburgh, Lady Darby stops at the Dalmays', where scandal, madness and murder will all be unveiled…

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The Weekly Challenge 256: Maximum Strings 18 February 2024

I’ve been doing the Weekly Challenges. The latest involved array analysis and string merging. (Note that this ends today.)

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Halloween (1978) 17 February 2024

1978 horror, dir. John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance: IMDb / allmovie. The killer child has grown up and come home.

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The Ships of Air, Martha Wells 16 February 2024

2004 gaslamp fantasy. All the pieces are moving in different directions, across multiple worlds and multiple factions.

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Thirsty Meeples February 2023 15 February 2024

Back to the boardgame café after a bit of a break over Christmas.

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Behind the Throne, K. B. Wagers 14 February 2024

2016 SF, first of a trilogy. Hailimi left the court to become a gunrunner, but now the other heirs are dead and her mother the Empress is going mad…

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Battle Beyond the Stars 13 February 2024

1980 science fiction, dir. Jimmy T. Murakami, Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn; IMDb / allmovie. The villagers know the bandits are coming, so they hire fighters to defend them. In space.

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One Was a a Soldier, Julia Spencer-Fleming 12 February 2024

2011 mystery (modern police procedural plus amateur), seventh in its series. War is not good for people.

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The Weekly Challenge 255: Most Frequently Odd Character 11 February 2024

I’ve been doing the Weekly Challenges. The latest involved a lot of counting. (Note that this ends today.)

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The Magnificent Seven 10 February 2024 - 2 comments

1960 western, dir. John Sturges, Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen; IMDb / allmovie. The villagers know the bandits are coming, so they hire fighters to defend them.

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Any Other Name, Emma Newman 09 February 2024

2013 fantasy, second volume of a series. Cat's forced into marriage; Max and the gargoyle investigate a sudden power vacuum; Sam worries about his wife.

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Full Board Gaming in Torquay 08 February 2024

Off to a resort hotel for the first of a planned series of holiday-conventions.

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Hunt the Stars, Jessie Mihalik 07 February 2024

2022 SF/romance, first of a trilogy. Octavia Zarola can't afford to turn down a retrieval mission. Even if it's from the people who were at war with humanity.

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Seven Samurai 06 February 2024 - 3 comments

1954 Japanese drama, dir. Akira Kurosawa, Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune; IMDb / allmovie. The villagers know the bandits are coming, so they hire fighters to defend them.

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The Service of Mars, Glynn Stewart 05 February 2024

2020 SF, ninth of its series. The forces of Mars work to clear up the débris from the big rebellion; for one thing, nobody's actually found their government…

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The Weekly Challenge 254: Reverse the Power of Three Vowels 04 February 2024

I’ve been doing the Weekly Challenges. The latest involved numerical searching and letter substitution. (Note that this ends today.)

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Robin and Marian 03 February 2024

1976 adventure, dir. Richard Lester, Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn; IMDb / allmovie. After many years abroad with King Richard, Robin finally comes home to Marian, but life has moved on.

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The Dracula Tape, Fred Saberhagen 02 February 2024 - 2 comments

1975 horror, first in Saberhagen's loose Dracula series. Count Dracula tells the real story of the events that led to the novel.

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Miracle on 34th Street 01 February 2024

1947 glurge, dir. George Seaton, John Payne, Maureen O'Hara: IMDb / allmovie. If you don't believe in Santa Claus you're an old meaniehead.

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