Military SF has long been a guilty pleasure of mine. Huge spaceships, evil aliens, stars going supernova, and things like that are a lot of fun. John Ringo’s A Hymn Before Battle is a well-crafted and -plotted excursion into most of the standard plot devices, but with a sort of Robert Ludlum flair. This looks like it’ll be the first in a series, and I’ll definitely read the next one as well.
Music: “Friction” by Morcheeba
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.