Archives for: April 2010

'Nother Band Name

April 25th, 2010
"10 Car Train" would be an excellent band name, especially for a group from the Bay Area. I waffle on whether the numeric or alphabetic form would be better. I like the numeric a touch more, but "Ten Car Train" is easily abbreviated to "TCT", which s… more »

Reviews: The Burning Land, Revolutionary Characters, Empires of the Atlantic World, Mysteries of the Middle Ages

April 19th, 2010
The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell - 7/10 Another enjoyable story in Cornwell's Anglo-Saxon series. Nothing to write home about, and Cornwell really stretches credulity in the way he returns Uthred to the side of Wessex, but a fun read nonetheless.… more »

The Other Side of Fairness

April 14th, 2010
I must say, after reading her editorial in the Times, my opinion of J.K. Rowling has gone way up. The fact remains that the first time I ever met my recently retired accountant, he put it to me point-blank: would I organise my money around my life,… more »

Angels and Arquebuses

April 13th, 2010
Speaking of Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830, one of the fascinating bits I picked up that I had been utterly unaware of before is the Cuzco School artistic tradition, a melding of Baroque art with Catholic tradition… more »

Double-Edged Microbe

April 12th, 2010
I'm reading Joe Abercrombie's The Blade Itself, which is a rather good "gritty" fantasy novel, and in the course of thinking about the world he's created I put together two ideas which I think combine to make an interesting fantasy novel setting. One… more »