Soda Pop Soldier

Soda Pop Soldier

Ages ago I read what was – at the time, for a younger self – a “groundbreaking” book by Neal Stephenson called Snow Crash. It was an interesting blend of real and virtual word technothriller, had some interesting ideas, a fun opening chapter, and despite putting out a number of books I’ve gladly reread like *Anathem, *SC did not age well. Mostly for it’s self-awareness, as demonstrated most clearly by the name of our viewpoint character, Hiro Protagonist. Nick Cole’s Soda Pop Soldier gets compared a lot to Ready Player One but I think this is another case of…

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Barnes & Noble Death Rattle?

Barnes & Noble Death Rattle?

I distinctly remember why I shifted to using B&N. The typical mall bookstore – I can no longer even remember the name now – was effectively dead, and B&N was huge. The SF&F section was reasonably well stocked with recent works and most of the “classics” and I had no issues finding Baen stuff. A full set of magazine shelves thoroughly up to date, and a lot of computer/programming books from when ever-evolving standards and documentation hadn’t made the concept of buying a book on, say, programming python, a laughing matter. Plus they had…

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Hiatus - Odds and Ends

Hiatus - Odds and Ends

You may have noticed a lack of posts the last few days. After nearly a couple years of posting every weekday, helping family move and a few other things including a clients network closet blowing up came together, and I’d rather not half-ass something up just to post. It all comes down to priorities. In this case, it’s been working out 4-5 times a week while keeping up with, and doing more to future-grow my work, and still post something 5x week. I decided workouts were more important with the time I had. Besides, I had a few…

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Final Memoirs

Final Memoirs

John Ringo’s sheer volume of output is legendary. Also the fact that an idea jumps into his head, and the next thing anyone knows, there’s another book series waiting to be edited. The last is pretty much the story of how John Ringo ended up writing a series of books set in Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter universe. I’d reviewed the first book previously. The third and final book in the series – Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints – has just been released a little over a week ago. In the second book, Chad moves to New Orleans. A few…

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Long Boats, Iron Men

Long Boats, Iron Men

The Dream of the Iron Dragon: An Alternate History Viking Epic is the the type of “alternate history” that’s been around since Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” – a man of our time goes to the past, and starts changing things. Like Flint’s “1632” series, and Stirling’s Nantucket series, it’s not just one man. Like Weber’s Apocalypse Troll, you can throw out the “from our time” aspect. Our protagonists are from our future, the crew of an exploration ship desperately searching for possible boltholes for humanity to retreat to stumbles into…

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Catching Up

I’ve been forced to prioritize time a bit the last few days with weather-related fallout at work (lightning can do crazy things) and some time that had been set aside for family, and blogging fell behind consistent workouts and sleep. That said, it’s been productive. So a few notes/etc. First, the sad news that Christopher Stasheff is no longer with us. From Cedar Sanderson’s blog: You see, I first read Chris’ work as a teen way back in the dimly remembered days of the 70s. His first work was A Warlock In Spite Of Himself in…

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More Monster Hunting Goodness

More Monster Hunting Goodness

Larry Correia, International Lord of Hate and Mountain who Walks, has a new short story out from an upcoming collection of weird west tales. It’s about Bubba Shackleford, the founder of MHI, and it’s available online for free. He also rates Iron Fist a resounding “meh“.…

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I Forgot One Thing - Name of the Wind.

I Forgot One Thing - Name of the Wind.

Since I was covering “well crafted crap” yesterday, I forgot one book that stands out as a rare work I haven’t finished, no matter how fine the prose, briefly mentioned in my gushing over John Ringo’s Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge. Holy shit did I get sick of Kvothe – to the point I had to look up his name because I have him tagged mentally as “whiny selfish Marty Stu asshole gamma victim” the character so revolted me. I think I stopped somewhere at the point he was getting kicked out of the magic school or something. God he…

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