The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Sunday, 15 January 2006]

Review: Funny Money

Funny Money is James Swain’s second Tony Valentine novel after Grift Sense (my review here), and unfortunately it hits a pretty serious sophomore slump.

While not a terrible novel per se, Funny Money feels like Swain tries to bite off too much, going from the more breezy Grift Sense to a darker and more violent feel. Pieces of the plot also feel grafted on, like Valentine’s romance with—of all things—a professional wrestler, which comes off really strained.

Funny Money is a bit of a let-down, but still worth reading to follow the adventures of Tony Valentine.

« Life summarized

 »


Enjoy the ten latest posts!

Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice

Impressions moving from an Apple Watch Series 3 to Series 5

Is there reason to upgrade from a 3 to a 5?

Plans are worthless, but planning is everything

Often injustice lies in what you aren’t doing, not only in what you are doing

Die in a ditch

After all these years, Nic still can’t understand the American attitude to healthcare.

The big thieves hang the little ones

Book roundup, part 29

A sci-fi and fantasy heavy installment that includes The Valedictorian of Being Dead, The Mastermind, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, Tiamat’s Wrath, The Raven Tower, The Liberation, The Light Brigade and Cryptonomicon.

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable

Book roundup, part 28

Includes The Incomplete Book of Running, Aching God, The Murderbot Diaries, Lies Sleeping, The Consuming Fire, and Rendezvous with Rama.

Las Vegas trip report

Did you know Las Vegas is kind of nutty?