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Year of Bookmarking Dangerously

I have a problem with reading: I cannot stick to just one book. The other night, reading in bed, my wife asked, “What are you reading? Did you finish the other book?” No, I think to myself. No, I haven’t, damn my weak will. “Oh, I’m just sort of dipping in and out,” I responded.…
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January 8, 2018 0

Lonely Road: Electric State by Simon Stålenhag

The story of Electric State – written by Simon Stålenhag and released by Free League Publishing – tells a tale of a teenage girl and a bulbous headed yellow robot travelling across America, toward the coast. Split across chapters that chart part of this journey, the landscapes are littered with ominous towers trailing webs of cables, statue-like…
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January 5, 2018 0

Poison City

Poison City (by Paul Crilley) reads a bit like Rivers of London books by Ben Aaronovitch and a twinge like Charles Stross’s books about The Laundry. Probably more former than latter. And, perhaps, with a dose of Hellboy and Night Watch thrown in for good measure. Gods, monsters, vampires, spirits, angels, demons, fae, and worlds…
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December 1, 2016 0

Book Pile: August 2016

This past weekend provided some solid gains in the roleplaying department – and explain why I never post much in the thread about resisting purchases. I got a dinged copy of 13th Age from Games Lore because I have heard so many positive things and had two good games. I couldn’t not buy it for…
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August 15, 2016 0

H is for History

History has become the backbone of my life. Well, maybe one of the big bones in my arm. It’s significant. I enjoy history like I enjoy a good book. I enjoy history books more than any other book for that matter. Mind, I’m not necessarily talking about all history. Some of the recent stuff I…
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April 10, 2016 0

C is for Cthulhu

While HP Lovecraft created Cthulhu as one character of many, he has become a real focus. It seems that you can’t go to any geek event without finding something emblazoned with the green watery horror. Every game seems to have a Cthulhu variation. Every t-shirt, soft toy, and bobble-headed plastic figure range has, at least,…
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April 4, 2016 5

B is for Books

That (below) is a picture of a sliver of one bookshelf. I think my bookshelves both excite and frighten me in equal measure. You might care to throw some curiosity into the recipe and a dash of love. I do love books. No doubt about it. People take holidays, I buy books. I would much…
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April 2, 2016 4

Random Acts of Reading

My approach to reading bothers me. I’m not certain whether it amounts to a lack of focus, a sense of boredom (upon a single topic) or the over-excited edge of wanting to read everything and now. I can’t simply read one book. I apparently have to read ten at the same time. And that’s just…
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June 24, 2015 0

The Challenge of Reading

Setting myself a reading challenge has a varied effect, it would seem, depending on the year! I’m not sure what that means about how I spend my time or how events impact my opportunities and drive to read. Right now, I’m not doing as well as I’d hoped for 2015. GoodReads has a feature where…
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March 26, 2015 0

Reading Is Fun

Reading about Sir Francis Walsingham and the shadowy war of espionage and counter-intelligence in the Court of Queen Elizabeth has been entertaining me on multiple levels. I’m covering several bases here – which is nice. Firstly, it’s my period of choice. I never consciously made a decision to solely focus on one period, but somehow…
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October 30, 2014 0