Time for a re-read or re-viewing or both

I used to re-read the books every couple of years, but I haven’t done so in a while. Haven’t re-watched the films, either, although I saw all the Hobbit ones, mostly out of a sense of duty. They weren’t very good. Well, they were well-made, I guess, but they certainly weren’t the light-hearted romp that …

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The Lark Ascending

There’s a scene in Eric Flint’s “1632” in which a collection of Spanish Army soldiers is holed up in a castle, besieged by a regiment or so of combined 21st-century American and 17th-century German soldiers. As an act of psychological warfare, the American general starts playing music (yes, this is reminiscent of the tactics the …

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Yo, Cineastes!

I have found a series of books for you film-lovers! The protagonist is named Valentino and he’s a film archivist at UCLA. As the author’s website says about him: he’s “a film detective for UCLA who inadvertently becomes an amateur sleuth.” More than that, he’s found an old 1920s theater he’s hell-bent to restore, and …

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