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New Book 200814: Reign by Greg Stolze )

reverancepavane: (Fool)

I forgot a couple of books (which should have been 200807-09), but I'll add them after the rest:

New Book 200811: Exodus by Steve White and Shirley Meier )

New Book 200812: Maxone Foe by John Ringo & Travis Taylor )

New Books 200813: Von Neumann's War by John Ringo and Travis Taylor )

And in music I've been listening to The Last Hero on Earth (link is a medley of the first four songs) by Tom Smith. And thinking about how to put on a stage show of it. Don't worry my latent need to be a accountant Broadway producer will be over after I get some more sleep. Unless I meet an Ulla, of course...

reverancepavane: (doomstar)

Judging from the scatering of book yet to be reshelved, my rereading list for January amounts to the following (in no particular order):

Some books I reread )

All in all it's been a fairly quiet month without much available reading time. There is probably some other books in the list which I've already put away or buried elsewhere.

reverancepavane: (Cavalier)

I've been involved in playtesting the Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies by Chad Underkoffler, creator of the excellent Dead Inside and The Fantabulous Zorceror of Zo among other things. While I'm still going to be using the playtester list to post the problems with the rules that we encountered, I'm about to use my LJ as a datadump for some of the detailed beta playtest information from our sessions. This is more of an analysis of the process I went through, in both the games I ran and the games I played in, than a criticism of the rules. As such it probably reveals more about me than the game.

I'm going to tag all these entries with "s7s" and include "[S7S]" in the title, and place the contents under a cut, so please feel free not to read if you don't want to. But please realise that I cannot answer questions about the game system or world, that the game system is in beta and it looks like it is about to be heavily modified before it sees actual release. And I will not be making these entries public until after I have had a chance to run a game for some "newbies," several of whom have been known to read my LJ.

That being said, here is a very short review of the first new book I read this year, that might help you understand some of the discussion.

2008001: Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies by Chad Underkoffler )

Important:I have opened this to public perusal. I would ask those people wanting to be in the Ignorance Is Bliss game to not read any other sections until after their game. While I won't be running the same game, it would expose you to game terminology before our session, which would invalidate the purpose of the experiment.

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Just as an exercise to show how prodigeously bad my reading habits are I think I shall attempt to journal my reading of new books this year. I might even do old books that I reread, but probably won't make a habit of it, since I normally just pick them up casually amd just reread them. Besides, my last attempt at the 50 book challenge failed miserably when I got bored to tears by Book 15 ("Riboscides to Rubber"). [I was beginning to suspect that it was one of those series that lacked an overarcing plot and would probably end with the sory of "the butler did it" ending that I so detest. I must say, it did do wonders for my taxonomic skills (at least for those species covered in the first 14 books), and I shall probably be insane enough to finish one of these days (so please don't tell me and spoil how it ends).]

BTW I still reserve the right to bore you all to tears by selecting quotes that amuse me, in my more traditional reviews.

2008002: Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe by James M Ward )

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