February 1st, 2011

Year of the Rabbit

Some people see a face, some an old lady carrying a stick - me, I see the rabbit in the moon. Its long ears flop down in a line along the Mares, with Serenitatis its clearly defined head.

On a bright, cold afternoon in Paso Robles the moon was rising, half full and clear silver in the deep blue sky. I pulled out my camera, and grabbed this image, handheld with my 75-200 Sigma lens. I do like that lens...

Winter Moon

Paso Robles, California
January 2011

Someone missed a trick...

There's a road in Putney that always makes me laugh, thinking of a certain science fiction writer who also happens to be a mystery solving priest. Walking back from an excellent southern Indian meal on the Lower Richmond Road with marypcb, autopope and feorag I finally took an iPhone photograph of the sign for Fanthorpe Road.

Or should that be (after a visit to Thesaurus.com) Fanthorpe Artery, avenue, back alley, boulevard, byway, court, dead end, drag, drive, highway, lane, parkway, passage, pavement, place, road, roadway, route, row, stroll, terrace, thoroughfare, track, trail, turf, way?

Road, avenue, boulevard, lane

Putney, London
January 2011
The Norm: Writing

January Booklog.

From our LibraryThing and my one-liner Twitter reviews...

Mills, K.E.

Witches Incorporated
K. E. Mills pseudo-Edwardian magical spy capers continue with colliding mysteries in an airship factory.

Crowther, Pete

Peter Crowther's anthology series starts off with a mixed bag of the PS publishing usual suspects.

Strahan, Jonathan

Engineering Infinity
Jonathan Strahan's collection of modern hard SF hits more than it misses. Stross and Barnes stand out.

Lovegrove, James

The Hope
James Lovegrove's first novel wraps dark parable in its horrific eternal ship on an infinite ocean. Powerful.

Harris, Charlaine

Grave Secret
Charlaine Harris' mystery finally reveals what happened to Harper's lost sister. Dark family secrets will out.

Boyett, Steven R.

Elegy Beach
Steven Boyett's tale of a post-apocalyptic magical California adds rave culture to Earth Abides. Excellent stuff!

Ishida, TatsuyaSinfest Volume 1
Tatsuya Ishida's early webcomics collected. Irreverent goodness with a moral core.
Paul, Graham Sharp

The Battle for Commitment Planet
Graham Sharp Paul's milsf sets Helfort as guerilla as he tries to rescue his girl. Book 4.

Lovegrove, James

The Age of Odin
James Lovegrove delivers Life on Mars on Asgard with squadies and a Bob Calvert soundtrack. Awesome!

Hoyt, Sarah A.

Darkship Thieves
Sarah Hoyt's Heinlein-lite SF romance fails to ignite. Mildly competent SF at best, sending in the clones.

Kadrey, Richard

Sandman Slim
Richard Kadrey delivers post-Gaiman urban fantasy noir. Punching and snark in LA with the ultimate ex-con.

Briggs, Patricia

Bone Crossed
Patricia Briggs pits Mercy Thompson against a renegade vampire in Spokane. A well-written urban fantasy.

Also read (on my phone), thanks to the CD-ROM archive at Fifth Imperium, a couple of Baen ebooks, Into The Looking Glass and Vorpal Blade. By John Ringo and Travis Taylor, they turned out to be rather fun milsf planetary romances. Still, I'm not sure if I'd have read them any other way...