Saturday, April 22, 2017


Can't understand a word he says but I love they way he talks. One the gems of British TV.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Falkenberg's Legion by Pournelle

Just reread this and I wish they had it on kindle as that paperback text size is a killer. An excellent book though the rest of the series is a bit lacking. The last two books in the series are co-authored with S.M. Stirling and I'm not a fan of his style. If Pournelle is the literary descendent of Piper then Stirling is his antithesis.

Falkenberg's Legion is really an anthology of three short stories or perhaps novellas with brief connecting material. Each is enjoyable and Pournelle is his own man, but comparisons with Piper are inevitable and in these stories Pournelle falls short.

Drake obviously read these or at least the Mercenary story and he does them better, not just because of the grittiness of his own work but because Drake touches on something deeper that is more of a veneer in Pournelle's work. I still recommend this book highly.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Elric of Melnibone

I've been wanting to reread the Elric books but I ended up misplacing this the first book in the series. It seems like the series has become much more involved since the days of the Berkley reprints and there just didn't seem to be a kindle edition of this particular book. The entire run of these reprints isn't much in page count. I know that some fantasy series have almost as much text in a single book as all six of these books contain together but Moorcock puts more into these short novels than other writers put into a 1,000 page tome of verbiage.

I find Moorcock to be an uncomfortable writer to read. His ideas are rich and his setting evocative and his stories well worth reading but to me they have seemed more tragic than uplifting and I need to be in the right mood for Moorcock's kind of story.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Winter Queen's Handmaiden

The Fox God has many terrible children, but his daughter, the Winter Queen, is perhaps the least unfriendly to mankind, She rules an icy realm near the roots of the Tree of Life and the spirits of the lost and tormented dwell there. Her Handmaidens protect that realm. The are creatures of great beauty but show the signs of death. Their eyes bleed tears and their hands end in nails that drip a deadly venom. They feast on the bodies of those who intrude on the Winter Queen's realm. The voice of a Handmaiden is a song that can charm man or woman, beast or monster and they will have a following of such charmed creatures about them always.