Finished Churchill, just ordered the entire Horatio Hornblower series...time to regress into my youth for the next covid lockdown.
“Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.” ----Sen. Barry Goldwater "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." ----Benjamin Franklin
Been a while since I posted here. I've read some books. Among them:
-The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. Very good. Very sad. I haven't seen the Bowie movie. One of his acclaimed SF novels (the other being Mockingbird), he is also known for his non-SF - The Queen's Gambit, The Hustler, and The Color of Money. -The Postman by David Brin. It was ok. I've only seen parts of the movie and it's been a very long time. -Take a Look at the Five and Ten by Connie Willis. Really good, nostalgia-packed Christmas novella. The printed book was limited edition and pricey, but check out the $5 kindle edition next Christmas. -Starplex by Robert Sawyer. His last space opera, everything since has been near-future. This was really awesome, so many huge ideas. Wormholes, aliens, time travel, the birth and death of the universe, etc. -Influx by Daniel Suarez. Well done future tech thriller. Some crazy stuff in here - looking forward to reading more of his. -The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander. Slowly continuing my adult read-through of the Prydain novels. -The Rover by Drew Magary, Chopped Champion. A solid short story, but mentioning here because you should check out his novel The Hike, which was mindblowing. -The Last Policeman, Countdown City, and World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters. Superb SF/mystery trilogy set in the months and days before the impact of a 6km wide asteroid. -Report from Planet Midnight by Nalo Hopkinson. From the Outspoken Authors series, several good stories, a worthy talk/speech about racism, and a great interview. -The Human Front by Ken MacLeod. Another in the Outspoken Authors series. Super cool novella, reminded me of Anathem. Started as a leftist alternate history and wound up hard SF. Not really recommended for readers of this site - I'm not sure y'all could handle MacLeod, a Trotskyist. I've met him briefly - a smart, kind, and humble dude.
Currently reading The Dragons of Eden. My 4th and, by far, least favorite Carl Sagan. Physics >>> biology.
Hey Rufus - thank you for the rec. I'm not sure I would agree with his conclusion that the US of the 50s was too permissive but, completely the opposite of WWII, I know next to nothing about the Korean War and would like to learn more.
RufusScorpius: The shoulder surgery is fairly straightforward, it's the recovery that is a real horror show. Not looking forward to it, truth be told
Jan 22, 2021 18:14:51 GMT
christain: Sorry to hear you are still having medical troubles, Rufus. But, hey....you've got a strong wife and healthy girls. Let THEM do the paddling.
Jan 22, 2021 3:15:42 GMT
cjman919: Sorry if im using this wrong but im just looking for a kusarigama somewhere idk why its so hard to find one thanks for the help
Jan 22, 2021 1:51:08 GMT
RufusScorpius: Sounds like a great deal of fun, which I won't be enjoying any time soon. I'll have my shoulder in a sling for 6 weeks at least, then therapy for 4 or 5 months after. Maybe early fall I can get out camping or someting.
Jan 21, 2021 17:04:32 GMT
christain: No need for a rope swing there. There's one spot where there's a deep pool of crystal-clear water with a cliff to jump off. Little fish nibble your toes while you swim. It's literally like another world. Wonderful.
Jan 20, 2021 19:26:42 GMT
seth: Sounds great Christain. We used to do that when stationed in Florida. We'd canoe in the maze of the blackwater river--always find rope swings and such people had set up.
Jan 20, 2021 15:43:42 GMT
Ouroboros: Porch damnit.
Jan 20, 2021 14:22:59 GMT
christain: I plan on me and the wife going boating on the river at Beavers Bend, Oklahoma. You can float your cooler behind you and pull up on a sand bar and camp out. Great fun.
Jan 20, 2021 4:16:08 GMT
seth: yeah trying to plan summer camping trips now--I can't wait
Jan 18, 2021 15:27:32 GMT
RufusScorpius: Mmm, campfire, fresh fish, some 'taters gathered from the woods... paradise....
Jan 18, 2021 14:08:25 GMT
Brother Nathaniel: Don't camp too close to the forbidden forest! A word of advice brother.
Jan 18, 2021 10:12:35 GMT
christain: If I were still in my teen years, I'd be camped by a fire on the edge of my pond with lines in the water...hoping to catch breakfast. If not, then go foraging the woods for nuts and berries. Not the easiest, but you'll live.
Jan 18, 2021 6:42:02 GMT
christain: A campfire and a good bottle of Scotch sounds pretty on-time right now. But only if I have a waterproof tent. The weather here is as unpredictable as a new wife. Watch out for the forest Elves and Gnomes.
Jan 18, 2021 6:34:48 GMT
Brother Nathaniel: My old friend! Well... you will always be welcome for a spot at my campfire. I am preparing to brave the forest again for some more research.
Jan 18, 2021 6:12:56 GMT
christain: Hey, Rufus! Sorry I haven't been on in a while to chat. Just too busy with the holidays and suffering a few medical setbacks. It really bites getting old, but I can still perform. My wife may have a different opinion, but I'm referring to swordplay.
Jan 18, 2021 2:45:15 GMT
RufusScorpius: Oh, yes. "Real life" I played that game once. Outstanding graphics, but horrible game play.
Jan 17, 2021 13:33:58 GMT
nerdthenord: Howdy scorp. Just been kinda busy with real life.
Jan 16, 2021 14:44:23 GMT
RufusScorpius: Hey there Christain, Nord! Long time no see...
Jan 16, 2021 1:15:04 GMT
christain: What's up, LG! Have any new goodies to show us?
Jan 16, 2021 1:04:00 GMT
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