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March 2017



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eating fried chicken with his regicidal friends

Review roundup!

Free SF has... well, not exactly reviews, more summaries, of the stuff I have online, here.

jasminehammer was confused by the naming conventions in Carnival.

(A quick field guide for the likewise confused: it's one of the ways you can tell the POVs apart: Michelangelo refers to himself by surname except when something gets through his shell, in the grand tradition of spy novel protagonists. (It's kind of clunky when you don't have a nice tidy name like Bond to work with, isn't it?) Vincent calls him Angelo. Lesa starts off calling them both by last name, and eventually switches, and both of them eventually stop calling her Miss Pretoria and start calling her Lesa. Like you would if you got to know somebody pretty well.)

rivka more or less liked The Chains That You Refuse and really liked Blood & Iron. YAY!

mjlayman liked Carnival.

Audrey thinks that Carnival is not nearly as cheesy as the summary would tend to make it sound.

tacithydra on Hammered, long with spoilers.

aaaaaaand the real prize: Don D'Ammassa with the official first-up review of Whiskey & Water!

Internet slapfights!

leahbobet on the reaction to the reaction to the chicklessness of the Hugo ballots.

buymeaclue on same.

All right. Time to get a bottle of wine, a Jeremy Brett DVD, and get my taxes done.


Hey, I don't see why it should bother me! I love used bookstores.

Thank you!
well, hey, if you have to spend an evening with taxes, Jeremy Brett is a good companion! ^_^
I wonder if I could summon him to do my taxes with Rum and Tobacco....
well hey, it's worth a shot! I've always been tempted to try summoning him with a violin... *g*
I finally started Carnival in the bath this morning. The naming conventions took me about thirty seconds to figure out. Yay, my first "dude! cool!" moment for the book.

No, I tell a lie. My first "dude! cool!" moment was the phrase "the first time he'd betrayed him." Eee!

Yeah, I'm burbling. Deal.

Let me know how it goes. *g*

Re: Uh

They get me too. *g*
I think that may not have been the post of mine you meant to link. *g*

(I'm actually fairly neutral on the chicklessness of this particular ballot. I just think Truesdale is funny.)
Have pity.

I'm fighting with Quicken. *g*

So far so good.

I haven't hit the travel deductions yet.
Good song, that.

Also, I think you may have mislinked to buymeaclue.
I had to flip back a few pages the first few times with Michelangelo and Vincent, but the place I really wanted a dramatis personae was for all the people in the local government...
*g* it's all those city names. Confusing!
I didn't have any trouble with the names. What bothered me the most is that I could never see Michelangelo. I could see all of the other characters, but he refused, through the entire book, to let me see him! I finally resorted to trying to imagine actors as Michelangelo: Idris Elba (Stringer Bell) from 'The Wire, Malik Yoba (Det. Williams) from 'NY Undercover', and then finally Gary Dourdan (Warrick Brown) from 'CSI'. None of these fine men fit. I suppose it's fitting for the character, but it is most disturbing for me.
Which is funny, of course, because Vincent is highly visual and describes him constantly. *g*

Also, the cover art actually looks like him. Only, you know, he's not silver....

(The chick on the back cover does not look like Lesa. But she does look like Angelina Jolie. Which is, you know, nice.)
Huh. So far, my Visualization of the Cosmic Carnival is insisting that he looks like Teal'c, except only about 5'10". But that guy on the cover is certainly worth looking at. (And I did notice that the skin behind the mask is Not White. Points for Spectra!)
Closer to 5'7". He's short. But built like a brick shithouse, as the espression goes. *g*

But whatever works for you--maybe people are taller in The Future.

And yes, the guy on the cover has subSaharan features and dark skin. I was overjoyed.
5'7", yeah, I can see that too. So basically what you're saying is that Michelangelo, he's a BRICK!---2-3-4---howse! Yum.

Denzel Washington in Man On Fire would work pretty well.

Vincent might look more like the guy on CSI. Except redder hair and freckles.

Lesa looks a lot like Karin Lowachee. ;-)
*googles* Ah. How did I miss her books? *makes mental note*
oh yeah, taxes.
Wow. Confused by the naming convention? That was the least I was confused by. Everything else confused me. But then, I am slow and was reading it during a period where exhaustion ruled my life. Now, I have reading comprehension skills again because we've locked the cat from the bedrooms during the night.