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review 2019-07-10 00:06
Abaddon's Gate by James S. A. Corey - My Thoughts
Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey

I am enjoying this series so much!  Both the books and the TV show.  But we're here about the book.  The third book in the series (and the one that brings me up to date with the show.)

Our four faves are back.  Holden, Naomi, Amos and Alex.  We don't see enough of the latter two as far as I'm concerned, but that doesn't take away the enjoyment of the story, really.  Once again, the known universe is in flux, Earth, Mars and the OPA are trying to cooperate and investigate the ring construct of the protomolecule but old suspicions and ways die hard.  Miller returns as well, but only Holden can see or interact with him. 

Someone is out to destroy Holden and in the process of attempting to do just that, all hell breaks loose.  We meet Clarissa Mao (the sister of Julie), Anna Volovodov, a spiritual leader and Bull, an Earther member of OPA.

Lots of folks die in this book. And there are many heros throughout.  I could just recount the political thriller type plot, but suffice to say, it was logical and intriguing.  I don't know why it took me so long to read this book, because I was quite into it, but maybe it was the heat.  :)

Anyhoo, great read and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!

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review 2019-07-08 23:47
Must read for Daemon Grim fans
Hell Gate - Andrew P Weston

Who “was” the Grim Reaper before becoming Satan’s strongest champion? This series chronicles the exploits of Satan’s right-hand warrior, Daemon Grim (the reaper). It began with Hell Bound and Hell Hounds … and continues with Hell Gate. In addition to my reviews of those, I capture some key

  • The series is all about Daemon Grim
  • Hell Gate is all about revealing the mystery Daemon Grim’s past, which we’ve been teased about for two books, and here it is!
  • The crazy milieu of Hell persists, so start with Hell Bound to get grounded; more on WTH is Hell below.
  • The cat and mouse hunt after Frederic Chopin and Nikola Telsa reaches a climatic milestone; the duo’s evil plotting that began in book #1 is finally revealed too.
  • Grim takes readers in realms of the Quran (Jahannam)
  • The inclusion of mystics (namely from ~1500, Saint Teresa of Ávila and Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim) was a pleasant addition

Hell Noir Style: The milieu and conflict are so epic in scope, and weird in substance, that the story lends itself more for narrative storytelling over dramatic showing. As before, Mr. Weston doles out exposition-through-dialogue; as I read this, I just envisioned a Noir film in which the protagonist provided a snarky voiceover. I felt like I was called into Grim's police office and sat in a room full of smoke as he coached me through a mysterious case. 

What is Hell’s Milieu? Grim was introduced to the Heroes in Hell series in the anthology Doctors in Hell. Heroes in Hell is a fantastical place built from myths and religions—so do not expect Tolkienesque elves or dwarves. The primary realm explored is called Juxtapose, which is a satirical mirror of our earth’s cityscapes (the Seine river featured as “Inseine”, Paris called Perish, the Eiffel Tower represented as the Awful Tower, Facebook is called Hatebook). Since time has little meaning in Hell, beings from past and present meet and scheme (i.e., Tesla and Chopin). There are other realms beyond Juxtapose connected with ethereal gateways. All are populated by beings being tormented and try to outwit Satan or their comrades. Even Erra, the Akkadian plague god, has visited Hell to torment Satan. No one is safe! It is a splendid, wacky place that works well.

Where to Start on your trip to Hell: Hell Gate is wacky and fun, but is not the beginning. The Heroes in Hell is primarily a series of anthologies; this novel focuses on Grim but has story arcs connected to HIH. Given the breadth of abstract interactions, I recommend initial readers begin with either:

  1. Doctors in Hell (HIH #18): Daemon Grim is introduced in this collection, and even though it is #18 in the series, it is a perfect entryway for HIH newcomers.
  2. Or…. Hell Bound (Grim novel #1): Daemon Grim’s first novel, occurring chronologically after Doctors, but before Hell Hounds.
  3. Or for those who’ve done that, note Grim also appears in Pirates in Hell and Lovers in Hell


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review 2019-04-26 21:56
The Secret of Red Gate Farm, Nancy Drew #6 (1931)
The Secret of Red Gate Farm - Amanda Cross,Russell H. Tandy,Mildred Benson,Carolyn Keene

Nancy is not investigating the Ku Klux Klan, instead it is a "nature cult" that is renting outlying property attached to the struggling Red Gate Farm. Cover confusion aside, this was a pretty solid book and, even though one of our villains is half-Chinese, there isn't any reflexive racism. Progress??! I think so.


On a shopping trip Nancy, George and Bess are looking for a new perfume and think they've found it in an import shop near the train station. With reluctance, the shop girl sells them a bottle for the exorbitant price of $3! Wearing the scent, Nancy is approached by a mysterious man and mistaken for a message-bearer. What is going on? Meanwhile, the girls have befriended a timid girl named Millie who is seeking a job in the city to help support her grandmother and save the family farm which they were forced to mortgage.


Circumstances lead Nancy and friends to become paying boarders at Red Gate Farm to help Millie and her grandmother and, of course, get involved in a mystery surrounding the "Black Snake Colony", a peculiar cult whose members are sometimes seen dancing around on the hilltops at night.


Changes to this text appear to be minimal, but I never read this one growing up so I can't say for certain as I'm going by other's comment. There was a name change to Millie, a snakebite, and some minor plot and character shuffling to get with the modern 60s times.


I am surprised there were no changes made to style of the robes the cult uses. It is a plot point that the robes had to be distinctive and stand out on moonlit nights, so perhaps the editors couldn't think of an alternative to pointy hoods and white sheets.


I'll be taking a break from Nancy until I get my hands on book seven.


Nancy Drew Mysteries


Next: 'The Clue in the Diary'


Previous: 'The Secret at Shadow Ranch'

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text 2019-04-11 08:33
Automated Security E-gate Market Cost Analysis and Growth Factor Report 2019

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