June 28th, 2012

Me 2012

If you like thieves and you like science fiction...

Originally posted by tuftears at If you like thieves and you like science fiction...
Walter Jon Williams's The Crown Jewels will remain at $0.99 only for the remainder of this week, after that it will go up to $2.99. I love his Drake Majistral books and I regret that he isn't likely to write any more in that vein, since they didn't sell well. It's a little Victorian Regency in flavor, if the Victorian Regency were an alien empire that had conquered the human race and granted the human race a small territory, after which they proceeded to fall into a graceful decline. Resting on their laurels as it were, affording those hyperactive humans a chance to rise to the top in their empire. And burglary is allowed if you do it With Style.

What Tufty said. I am not especially a fan of the "noble rogue" genre, but I adore the Drake Majistral books. It has the best explanation ever for why the protagonist's profession is socially acceptable. :D The books are charming, stuffed with likable characters and wild escapades. Highly recommended!

The Wilderness Downtown

I forget if I linked to The Wilderness Downtown when I first saw it. I've not thought about it in years, but for some reason I was thinking about it again tonight. I was thinking about the place I grew up. I can't remember the number of my house on Greenvale Farms Road, and I can't remember the address of my best friend's house.

But I can still remember, twenty-five years later, how to get there.

Neither my highschool nor my childhood home have Google streetview, so I've never run the Wilderness Downtown video for their addresses. But even so ... it is a haunting and beautiful work.