Not A Review Of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

So this week we (meaning I) finally got around to watching “Avengers: Age of Ultron“.

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Q: How many Avengers does it take to stop one renegade robot?
A: All of them, plus a few extra.

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That Was The Year That Was

2015 isn’t quite over yet, but I already received this interesting set of statistics for the year from Goodreads. They unfortunately don’t seem to have provided a way to easily share it to WordPress (because, you know, everything only goes to Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest these days), so I copy-and-pasted it into a post. The nice formatting didn’t carry over, but you get the gist of it — most of what I read this year was, it seems, pretty average. And I didn’t quite make it to 5 books a month in 2015. I will have to try to do better next year!

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Teaser Tuesday 12/15/2015: “The Lady Astronomer”

Last week I had a sad and didn’t do a post, but this week I’m back with a teaser from my current read, The Lady Astronomer, by Katy O’Dowd.

So far I would characterize this book as steampunk, but it’s steampunk that’s sort of been filtered through a Hayao Miyazaki “Kiki’s Delivery Service” meets “Howl’s Moving Castle” kind of sensibility. It’s cute, but don’t go in expecting something like The Difference Engine.

Lucretia was pulling some monster-like weeds that held a death grip on a pretty climbing rose when Mr. Trotters came belching and bellowing steam in her direction.

She sat back on her heels and regarded the steam-pig.

The steam-pig regarded her back.

“Lost your pipe again, Mr. Trotters?”

The steam-pig burped smoke and she sighed. “Come along then, we had better find it before you blow up.”

Mr. Trotters is, literally, a steam-powered mechanical pig. There’s also a miniature clockwork animal orchestra, a lemur (pictured on the cover), an owl (also pictured on the cover). It’s a veritable menagerie of natural and artificial creatures! And speaking of menageries, our old friend Bob seems to have encountered one, over in the world of Television Man

Once Bob fired the shotgun, it was pretty much pandemonium. A half-dozen of the little monsters went down, but the rest of them rushed him in a mass. He blasted them again, sending black blood and umber fragments flying in every direction, but the next time he pulled the trigger it just clicked. Empty. He hadn’t even thought to look and see how many shells the gun could hold, let alone how many it contained.

Oops. Always remember to check your ammo, Bob.

Teaser Tuesday 12/1/2015: “Hard Bite”

So this week I’m reading Hard Bite, by one “Anonymous-9”, who as far as I know is not one of these guys:

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“Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.”

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