Women at War - Sword Edition.

Women at War - Sword Edition.

I was mostly going to leave this be. Hell, I barely heard about it as I don't usually care what Klavan and the powerline gang are saying, but "rebuttals" came up in my recommended vids, specifically one by Shad [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V56dVFBCQcc], who occasionally has interesting things to say, but man, the soy is real and he still swallows the mainstream narrative. He's also a bit too proud of his "what you think you know is wrong" schtick. Then the most excellent author John C Wrigh…

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Yes, George Martin Writes Horror

Yes, George Martin Writes Horror

Cataline makes an excellent observation I think, with the caveat that, quite obviously, GoT/ASoIaF is set in a fantasy universe. Game of Thrones is horror [https://darkherald.net/2019/05/22/game-of-thrones-is-not-fantasy/], and that's pretty much what George knows how to write. > I remember skimming back and forth in the first two books of the series (the only ones I read, I grant you), trying to find a battle scene and there just isn’t one. What you get are people describing the the aftermath…

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Improved Battle Plans

Improved Battle Plans

In case you didn't look at the battle for Winterfell or mz Dragonmom losing another of her kids through criminal carelessness and go " a six year old could have planned better", here's a couple of more pedantic breakdowns of how that could have been done better.…

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Solomon Kane

Solomon Kane

In our sadly simplified age we tend to either have overtly, almost desperately, happy or overtly grimdark (and these are sold as "intelligent", and "real"), and I know far too many who see a dark tale of virtue and hope and cannot see the light at the end, as if it's been trained out. I ended up watching the movie version of Solomon Kane [https://infogalactic.com/info/Solomon_Kane_(film)] due to the recommendation of Razorfist (and if you dig up the youtube video, the recommended book of collec…

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Nor Ogre Tears

I've got a soft spot in my heart for Alan Dean Foster. I don't think anyone would accuse the man of being a great writer, but he was certainly a consistent workman and craftsman who could tell a decent tale. He could take a movie script and turn it into an engaging read, but was also a prolific writer with several series of books of his own, as well as one-offs and short stories. His "Why Johnny Can't Drive" was one of the listed inspirations for Steve Jackson Games Car Wars. Most of the other…

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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 [https://thelastredoubt.com/2016/08/monster-hunter-memoirs-grunge-or-las.html]. The third and final book in the series – Monster Hunter Memoirs:…

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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 [https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2018/06/in-memoriam-christopher-stasheff.html] . From Cedar Sanderson’s blog [http://www.cedarwrites…

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