Lacking Natural Simplicity

Random musings on books, code, and tabletop games.

Recent Reading

  • Issola, by Steven Brust, copyright 2001; Tor/Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, July 2001. I've got the first edition of this, in hardback, but I have the rest of the series in paperback. When I looked at the prices for the paperback version of this in March 2007 at Amazon they were all above 30$US, which is absurd.

Recent Reading

  • Orca, by Steven Brust, copyright 1996; Ace Books/the Berkley Publishing Group, March 1996, 5th printing. Interesting to find out more about Kiera. The interstitial letters and meetings between Cawti and Kiera are interesting, as is the back and forth between Kiera and Vlad's viewpoints, and it's typical that we'd find out about Vlad Norathar practically off-stage.

  • Dragon, by Steven Brust, copyright 1998; Tor/Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, first mass market edition November 1999. Vlad in an army? Unthinkable!

Recent Reading

  • Teckla, by Steven Brust, copyright 1987; Ace/The Berkley Publishing Group, January 1987. Revolutions. Things get complicated for Vlad and Cawti.

  • Taltos, by Steven Brust, copyright 1988; Ace/The Berkley Publishing Group, March 1988. Taltos meets Morrolan, Sethra Lavode, Aliera, Spellbreaker, visits Verra on the Paths of the Dead, and starts working for the Jhereg, although not necessarily in that order.

  • Phoenix, by Steven Brust, copyright 1990; Ace/The Berkley Publishing Group, November 1990. Vlad meets Aibynn, starts and ends a war, finds out about Phoenix stones, and leaves the Jhereg organization.

  • Athyra, by Steven Brust, copyright 1993; Ace/the Berkley Publishing Group, April 1993. No 1st person Vlad in this one; still good.

Recent Reading

  • Jhereg, by Steven Brust, copyright 1983; Ace/The Berkley Publishing Group, April 1983; my copy is the 4th printing, July 1984. The 1st book in Brust's series about Vlad Taltos, Jhereg crimelord and assassin. Reading these books again after 20 years is like talking with an old friend, just like rereading Dumas's Musketeer novels, which is amusing, considing the connection between the Vlad Taltos books and Brust's Khaavren Romances books, which are explicitly modeled on Dumas's Musketeer books.

  • Yendi, by Steven Brust, copyright 1984; Ace Books/The Berkley Publishing Group, July 1984.

  • On the Oceans of Eternity, by S.M. Stirling, copyright 2000; Roc/New American Library/Penguin Puntam Inc./Pengiun Books Ltd, April 2000. The 3rd and so far final book in the Nantucket series.

Recent Reading

  • Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them, by Rolfe Cobleigh; first published 1909 by Orange Judd Company; forward copyright 1996 by James R. Babb; The Lyons Press, 1996.

  • Imaro, by Charles Saunders, copyright 2006; Nightshade Books, 2005. An interesting sword and sorcery novel set in a fantasy version of Africa.