DXMachina (dxmachina) wrote,

  • Mood:

Scream and Leap...

There's a nice little nor'easter going on outside, and the wind is machine gunning bursts of rain drops onto my office windows. The gusts are strong enough that my truck was swaying about as I sat in it during lunch. Twelve more days until spring training.

I finished Man-Kzin Wars IX, another collection of stories set in Larry Niven's Known Space 'verse. It's always fun to revisit Known Space. Three of the four novellas were pretty good. Niven wrote one of them, "Fly by Night,"so I read that first, and was pleased to figure out early on that it was a new Beowulf Schaeffer story. As usual, Bey is up to his very tall neck in trouble, this time from Kzinti pirates. There's almost no new ground covered (the plot is pretty much stolen from "Borderland of Sol"), but it's still good to seem him working his way out of another fine mess. There's a war story, "His Sergeant's Hour" by Hal Colebatch, about the last days of the Kzinti occupation of Wunderland that's pretty good. "Windows of the Soul" is a murder mystery by Paul Chafe with a human as the good cop and a kzin as the bad cop that I liked a lot, even though one can see the big plot twist coming a mile away.

However, the fourth story, Poul Anderson's "Pele," was awful. The dialog was especially bad. I was shocked at how bad it was, because I have alwys liked Anderson's stuff before. I read several of his Flandry novels a few years ago, and don't remember anything so bad as this. This was the last story Anderson ever published, so I'm almost wondering if maybe the story wasn't quite ready when he passed away, and someone less talented tried to finish it.
Tags: books, weather

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside...

    So, it was -10°F outside when I got up this morning, just before sunrise. I don't recall ever seeing a colder morning. Just thought I'd mention it.

  • Halloween 2014

    It's a chilly, windy, misty night here, so there hasn't been a lot of trick-or-treat traffic so far. That a shame, because it was pretty nice out…

  • We're Having a Heat Wave...

    For the first time in what has been an extraordinarily temperate summer, the temperature has broken 90° here at Casa Machina. We are the midst of…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.