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« Reply #2115 on: January 26, 2019, 05:01:07 PM »

Various campaign books for 2300AD, an old hard science roleplaying game.
You like hard SFRPGs and 2300?

Damn I almost wsh I hadn't just booed ER for excessive posting to raise her post count. I'll karma you when i can.

BTW, how did you like the Kafers? I thought they were a very believable alien species.
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« Reply #2116 on: January 26, 2019, 05:13:54 PM »

We started playing that campaign many, many years ago and got to the point where we raised our own merc company to fight the Kafers. We had the start of the Kafer war, but never managed to get the later books. Luckily we had a GM who was good enough to work on the background he had and come up with his own story. My character ended up captured and being forced into fighting as a gladiator on one of the Kafer worlds. Since he was the group melee specialist he was pretty good at it. He never did get rescued, so I guess he'd still be there.

I enjoyed the very in-depth background to 2300AD. Each of the races seemed to be fairly well thought out and have their own motivations (especially the Pentapods). I liked the Kafers, and that most of their technology was built by a species they'd enslaved rather than having a race which is incredibly dim-witted until their adrenaline kicks in and suddenly they become combat veterans.

I didn't like France being the dominant world power though lol.

As for liking hard sci-fi, well it kinda depends on the system. I'll play almost any game if it is well done. Hell, one of these days I am going to run a game of 'Ug! The Prehistoric RPG'. That's a game where the players are limited to (let's see if I remember correctly) 16 words and you have to deal with the world using only those words (a T-Rex, for example, was a Big Smelly Bang Bang), and I also enjoy the Battle Cattle game (let loose the cows of war!). I think the worst systems I've come across was either Mage or Immortals, both of which had great backgrounds but weak execution.
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« Reply #2117 on: February 02, 2019, 02:51:37 PM »

Ye-es!
6 of 1 or 6 graphic novels + 1 more graphic novel = 7

Guardians of the Galaxy :
Mother Entropy
collecting issues #1-5 from 2017


Nova
v.1. Burn Out
collecting issues #1-6 from 2015


The Death of Stalin
And if you want to see it, rather than read it, then there is the film from 2018.


Star*Lord
v.1. Grounded
collecting issues #1-6 and annual #1


Doctor Strange
v.4. Mr. Misery
collecting issues #17-20 and annual #1


and from the Magna Classics series
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
and
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice


Next time: a half dozen more fiction
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« Reply #2118 on: February 02, 2019, 04:58:29 PM »

World War Cthulhu.
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« Reply #2119 on: February 04, 2019, 12:43:45 PM »

Picked up Roger (The Who) Daltrey's autobiography, "Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite," from the library over the weekend.
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« Reply #2120 on: February 07, 2019, 04:44:56 PM »

Ye-es!
A half dozen more fiction.

Hilary Mantell
Brit
award winner
Wolf Hall
13 more fiction + 1 more non-fiction
Hero: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: 1st half of the 16th century
And if you'd rather see it, then read it, there is the BBC2 TV miniseries.


Ace Atkins
American
The Fallen
7th in the Quinn Colson series
10 more fiction in 2 more series + 4 stand-alones
Hero: American
Place: Mississippi
Time: the Present


Kwei Quartey
ex-pat Ghanaian
Death by His Grace
5th in the Darko Dawson series
Hero: Ghanaian
Place: Ghana
Time: the Present


S. D. Sykes
Brit and a woman
City of Masks
3rd in the Sommershill Manor series
Hero: Brit
Time: 1350s
Place: Venice (Italy)


Ann Cleves
Brit
award winner
The Seagull
8th in the Vera Stanhope series
7 more fiction in 1 more series
Heroine: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: 1995 to the preseent
And if you'd rather see it, then read it, there is the TV series


Elly Griffiths
Brit
award winner
The Blood Card
3rd in the Magic Men series
9 more fiction in one more series
Hero: Brit
Place: U.K. and U.S.
Time: 1950s


Next time: 6 of 1 or 6 more mysteries + 1 non-mystery
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« Reply #2121 on: February 14, 2019, 06:08:18 PM »

Ye-es! 6 of 1 or 6 mysteries and 1 non-mystery

Elly Griffiths
Brit
award winner
The Chalk Pit
9th in Ruth Galloway series
3 more fiction in 1 more series

Heroine: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: Present

Except for tha above and a few others, it never ceases to amaze me how hard it is for writers to create a credible child character. And she out does herself here, creating almost 20 child characters from 1 to 21.


Cara Black
American
Murder in Saint Germain
17th in the Aimee Leduc series
each one named for a different Paris (France) district.

Heroine: French-American
Place: Paris (France)
Time: 1990s


George Bellairs
Brit
The Dead Shall be Raised
Hero: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: 1940s

Raymond Postgate
Brit
Verdict of Twelve
Hero: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: 1940s

Both from the British Library Crime Classics series


Barbara Hambly
American
Murder in July
7th in the Ben January series
4 more fiction in 1 more series
Hero: Afro-American
Place: Paris (France) then New Orleans (Louisiana)
Time: 1830s


Michael Wiley
American
award winner
Monument Road
1st in the Franky Dast series
7 more fiction in 2 more series
Hero: American
Place: Florida
Time: Present


non-mystery
graphic novel
Doctor Strange
v.4. Mr. Misery
collecting issues #17-20 and annual #1


Next time: a half dozen more non-mysteries
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« Reply #2122 on: February 14, 2019, 06:22:59 PM »

I recently re-read Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton; it is remarkably well-done and carries you straight into the events of the American Revolution and the tumultuous political battles of the earliest days of our Republic.  This was partly re-reading a well done book for the fun of it and partly as research for my next novel, but it was a pleasure either way. 5/5 - biographies don't get much better!
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« Reply #2123 on: February 15, 2019, 08:58:22 PM »



This guy stole my idea. Gonna see what he did with it. (That's a joke: he didn't really steal my idea, we had similar ideas. Although picking 366 instead of 365 makes me suspicious).
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« Reply #2124 on: February 19, 2019, 06:01:35 PM »

Ye-es!
and a half dozen of the other or non-mysteries

Deliah S. Dawson
American
Star Wars : Phasma
8 more fiction in 3 more series + 1 stand alone
Heroine: Unknown
Place: Unknown
Time: Unknown


Alison Pittman
American
Loving Luther : a Novel
+ discussion guide
5 more fiction in 2 more series + 3 standalones
Heroine: German
Place: German
Time: 16th century

Whatever you think of the man. He was a man that was ahead of his time. He believed that sex could not only be used for procreation, but also for pleasure. An idea that some can't get their head around even today.


Christie Golden
American
award winner
Battlefront II : Inferno Squad
5th in the Star Wars series
6 stand-alones + books in the Star Trek series, the Ravenloft series + other series


graphic novel
Beauty
translated from the French


Judith Flanders
Brit
Christmas : a Biography
the myths, legends, and history of Christmas
6 more nonfiction + 3 more fiction


P. J. Brackston
a Brit and a woman
The Sorcerer's Appendix
part mystery, but also part horror and part fantasy and part comedy
4th in the Brothers Grimm series
next in the series The Princess and Pinot Grigio
3 more fiction
Heroine: German
Place: Bavaria (Germany)
Time: 1760s


Next time: 6 of 1 or 6 mysteries + 1 non-mystery
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« Reply #2125 on: February 25, 2019, 05:02:28 PM »

YE-ES!
or, 6 of 1 or 6 mysteries + 1 non-mystery

Martin Walker
ex-pat Brit
The Patriarch
9th in the Bruno, Chief of Police series
10 more non-fiction
Hero: French
Place: France
Time: Present


Michael Stanley
(2 white South Africans: Michael Sears and Stanley Trollop)
Dying to Love
6th in the Detective Kubu series
Hero: Motswana
Place: Botswana
Time: Present


Charles Todd
(American mother and child writing duo)
A Casualty of War
9th in the Bess Crawford series
19 more fiction in 1 more series + 2 stand-alones
Heroine: Brit
Place: Europe
Time: 1910s


Vidar Scundstol
Norwegian
award winner
The Devi's Wedding Ring
translated from the Norwegian by Tiina Nunnally
1st in the Max Fjellanger series
3 more fiction in 1 more series
Hero: Norwegian ex-pat
Place: Norway
Time: Present


Linda Castillo
American
award winner
Down a Dark Road
9th in the Kate Burkholder series
Heroine: American
Place: Ohio (U.S.)
Time: Present


Anne Perry
ex-pat Kiwi
An Echo of Murder
23rd in the William Monk series
52 more in 3 more series + 1 stand-alone
Hero: Brit
Time: 1870s
Place: London (U.K.)


non-mystery
Landry Q. Walker
Justice League : the Ultimate Guide
from the beginning in February, 1962 to March, 2017 as seen in 101 iconic comic books.


Next time: a half dozen more of various readings
 
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« Reply #2126 on: February 25, 2019, 07:28:53 PM »

I just finished MANHUNT: THE 12 DAY SEARCH FOR LINCOLN'S KILLER, a gripping, blow-by-blow account of the assassination and its aftermath, and Booth's desperate flight southward, seeking refuge in the old Confederacy.  One of the best-written historical works I have read in a while.
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« Reply #2127 on: March 02, 2019, 03:07:10 PM »

Ye-es!
A half dozen various books,

Bill Crider
American
award winner
Dead to Begin With
24th in the Dan Rhodes
+ 6 more fiction in 2 more series
Hero: American
Place: Texas
Time: Present

The author has been writing this series ever since 1986, and he likes to throw in a number of Easter eggs, featuring some other known authors. In this one, he features Harlan Coben, Alafair Burke, and Joe R. Lansdale.


graphic novel
The Comic Book Story of Video Games :
the Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution

From the invention of the vacuum tube in 1857 to the invention of Minecraft in 2011.


Clement C. Moore
A Visit from St. Nicholas
Born 1779
Written 1822
Published 1823
Claimed 1844
Died 1863

The artwork is by Will Moses, the great-grandson of folk artist Grandma Moses. While Moore has the distinct distinction of being born during the middle of one war The American Revolution and dying during the middle of another war The American Civil War.


George Bellairs
Death of a Busybody
part of the British Library Crime Classics
Published 1943
Re-copyrighted 2016
Republished 2017


Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Brit
Shadow Play
10th in the Bill Slider series
16 more fiction + 1 collection of short stories
Hero: Brit
Place: London (U.K.)
Time: Present


Catherine Lloyd
Brit
Death Comes to the School House
5th in the Kurland St. Mary series
Heroine: Brit
Place: Hertfordshire (U.K.)
Time: 1820s


Next time: Artemis Fowl: the book series and the film
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« Reply #2128 on: March 03, 2019, 08:36:09 AM »

The Magic Engineer by L. E. Modesitt.
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« Reply #2129 on: March 07, 2019, 05:39:08 PM »

Ye-es!
Artemis Fowl an 8 book series by Irish writer Eoin Colfer, featuring an Irish criminal mastermind, who is only a pre-teen, when the series start. Though, he does age into a teenager, as the series progresses.

bk.1. Artemis Fowl -- bk. 2. Artemis Fowl : the Arctic Incident -- bk.3. Artemis Fowl : the Eternity Code -- bk.4. Artemis Fowl : the Opal Deception -- bk 5. Artemis Fowl : the Lost Colony -- bk.6. Artemis Fowl : the Time Paradox -- bk.7. Artemis Fowl : the Atlantis Complex -- bk.8. Artemis Fowl : tje Last Guardian.

I am reading them in order, so, I have read only bk.1. to bk.6. so far, and the 1st chapter of bk.7. And what intrigues me so far, is the variety of villains, including himself, that Artemis comes across in his adventures. So far, there have been . . .

bk.1. Irish. Artemis himself, though he motes from straight villain to anti-hero, as the series progresses. bk.2. Russians -- bk.3. an American and a Kiwi -- bk.4. an Italian or, I should say a Sicilian -- bk.5. a Frenchman, a Spaniard, and a Chinese-American -- bk.6. a German and a Polish-American. Though, the last is just a guess.

Though, some of these are more aware of their villainy than others, and some are more villainous than others.

And that is just the Upper Element of the Earth, and, on the Lower Element, we have . . .
Trolls -- Sprities -- Pixies -- Goblins -- Elves -- Dwarves -- Demons -- Centaurs. All of whom are heroes or anti-heroes have tangled with, except the centaurs, who are probably the most honesxt of those mentioned.

And the story of the Fowls does not end with bk.8, as in 2020 we take up with Artemis' younger twin brothers Myles and Beckett in The Fowl Twins.,

Next time: the film, coming to a cinema near you soon.
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