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Jaws

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Tomorrow, June 20th, will be the 45th anniversary of the release of the movie Jaws. I did not see it in the theater. I may be old, but I was only 3 at the time. My first memories of this iconic movie are watching it on the TV at my grandparents, likely as one of the Sunday Night Movies one of the channels had when I was about 8 or 9. It was scary (Dreyfuss peering in the sunken boat kinda got me), but the shark seemed so unlifelike that it wasn’t overly scary. No, the scary part was several years later.

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Surviving the Wu-Flu

Oh. My. Gosh! We’re all going to die!

Well maybe not. Over on Watts Up With That is a reflection on the closest thing we have to clinical lab experiment with Covid-19 (or whatever you want to call it today, seems like it changes hourly) that would indicate that things maybe aren’t quite as dire as the mainstream media tells us. If you’re in a risk group, things could be bad. Everyone else should be fine.

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That doesn’t mean don’t take precautions. Great Googily-Moogily, people that are otherwise intelligent are losing their minds and twisting peoples’ words so they can continue their freak out. Yes, more positive tests are going to be showing up. It’s going to be exponential in growth as ever more people are tested. In ND, we jumped from 1 positive test to 5 overnight, right now it’s up to 6. But, take a closer look at the number of actual tests. 268 tests and only 6 positive cases. Even Jayne Cobb can do the math here.

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It’s not quite that bad. But 6 divided by 268 potential cases is…2.2%

Huh, that seems awfully low for such a wild response.

People are panic buying TP. Schools and businesses are closing. A bunch of these small businesses may never recover.

That’s where my concern lies right now. We are going to kill our economy over this and it’s going to hurt even more people than the virus would have.

On a personal note, I finished reading Nick Cole’s CNTRL ALT Revolt! It was OUTSTANDING! Best book I’ve read in awhile. The action was exhilarating, both in the game world and the ‘real’ world. The snarky jabs at SJWs and Cancel Culture were hilarious. I asked Mr. Cole about whether those jabs were always in there, or if he had re-edited it after his publisher had dropped him. He said “…it got about 25% more bitter.” It turned out awesome. If you’re wondering about the backstory of his being dropped by his publisher, you can see it here on his blog. If you get a chance, check out one of his books. He’s a pretty talented and entertaining writer.

For my next book I decided to pick something by John Ringo. Because, John Ringo can also write an exhilarating story. Heck, if he, Sarah Hoyt or Larry Correia were to publish their shopping lists I’d buy them. They can make anything into a page turner.

But, back to the book I chose The Last Centurion. I think I may have possibly made a mistake. 20 pages in he’s describing the major catastrophes of 2019 being 1) the sun putting out less energy so we end up with a cold spell and 2) an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu. Because, why not? Oh well, at least I’ll be entertained as we all die.

My recommendations? Don’t panic, grab a good book and a towel. Someone check to see if the dolphins have left.

Did I just dream that?

In the on-line book club I’m in we are reading J.T. Ellison’s Tear Me Apart. It’s not what I normally read, but it’s moving along well and keeping my interest. It’s got a few flaws. The character that I identified with the most, Juliet, pissed me off when she not only decided to jeapardize her career, but also possibly have every case she’s ever worked on reopened and/or vacated because she wants to help her niece by disregarding all the rules (and the law) about professional conduct.

I generally hate it when a major new character suddenly appears half way through a book. But the Zack Armstrong character seems compelling and sympathetic. I’m interested in what he’s doing.

However, after catching up yesterday to where we are supposed to be in the book for this week, I got sick last night. I had some weird dreams involving the story and characters in the book. So today I need to go back and re-read what I read yesterday. Because I don’t remember what was in the book and what was just in the dream. Argh!

So far the book has been pretty good. I’m hoping it stays that way.

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Darkship Renegades

Darkship Renegades by Sarah Hoyt

 

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Entry number two in Sarah A. Hoyt’s rollicking and popular Darkship series, sequel to Darkship Thieves,and winner of the Prometheus Award. After rescuing her star pilot husband and discovering the dark secret of her own past on Earth, Athena Hera Sinistra returns to space habitat Eden to start life anew.  Not happening.  Thena and  Kit are placed under arrest for the crime of coming back alive.  The only escape from a death sentence: return to Earth and bring back the lost method for creating the Powertrees, the energy source of both Eden and Earth whose technological origins have been lost to war.  But that mission is secondary to a greater imperative.  Above all else, Thena must not get caught.  If she does, then suicide is to be the only option.

With the odds heavily stacked against not only success, but survival, Thena comes to understand what her cynical accusers do not: it is not merely one woman’s life on the line anymore. For it’s on Earth where the adventure truly begins. Thena realizes that what is truly at stake is the fate of Eden and Earth alike, the continuance of the darkship fleet–and freedom for all in the Solar system–and beyond. Continue reading “Darkship Renegades”

Adventure According To Humphrey

Adventure According To Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

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The students in Room 26 are learning about boats and building their own for a race on Potter’s Pond. Humphrey the hamster loves dreaming about being a pirate and watching his friends build ships. But when he mistakenly ends up at sea on the day of the boat race, he finds himself in the middle of more adventure than he bargained for! Humphrey is back in this charming story of a hamster on the high seas of hilarity.

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Where There’s A Will

Where There’s a Will (Gideon Oliver Series #12) by Aaron Elkins

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Acclaimed for a mischievous wit and his intriguing mixture of forensic anthropology and real skull-duggery, Aaron Elkins is one of the best in the business and getting better all the time. Now, the author of Good Blood returns, and so does Gideon Oliver, professor of forensics, who uncovers a deadly family plot of greed and murder in the northern uplands of Hawaii.

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River of Darkness

River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana’s Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon by Buddy Levy

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From the acclaimed author of Conquistador comes this thrilling account of one of history’s greatest adventures of discovery. With cinematic immediacy and meticulous attention to historical detail, here is the true story of a legendary sixteenth-century explorer and his death-defying navigation of the Amazon—river of darkness, pathway to gold.

In 1541, the brutal conquistador Gonzalo Pizarro and his well-born lieutenant Francisco Orellana set off from Quito in search of La Canela, South America’s rumored Land of Cinnamon, and the fabled El Dorado, “the golden man.” Driving an enormous retinue of mercenaries, enslaved natives, horses, hunting dogs, and other animals across the Andes, they watched their proud expedition begin to disintegrate even before they descended into the nightmarish jungle, following the course of a powerful river. Soon hopelessly lost in the swampy labyrinth, their numbers diminishing daily through disease, starvation, and Indian attacks, Pizarro and Orellana made a fateful decision to separate. While Pizarro eventually returned home barefoot and in rags, Orellana and fifty-seven men, in a few fragile craft, continued downriver into the unknown reaches of the mighty Amazon, serenaded by native war drums and the eerie cries of exotic predators. Theirs would be the greater glory.

Interweaving eyewitness accounts of the quest with newly uncovered details, Buddy Levy reconstructs the seminal journey that has electrified adventurers ever since, as Orellana became the first European to navigate and explore the entire length of the world’s largest river. Levy gives a long-overdue account of the native populations—some peaceful and welcoming, offering sustenance and life-saving guidance, others ferociously hostile, subjecting the invaders to gauntlets of unremitting attack and intimations of terrifying rituals. And here is the Amazon itself, a powerful presence whose every twist and turn held the promise of new wonders both natural and man-made, as well as the ever-present risk of death—a river that would hold Orellana in its irresistible embrace to the end of his life.

Overflowing with violence and beauty, nobility and tragedy, River of Darkness is both riveting history and a breathtaking adventure that will sweep readers along on an epic voyage unlike any other. Continue reading “River of Darkness”

Mysteries According To Humphrey

Mysteries According To Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

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EEK-EEK-EEK! Mrs. Brisbane is missing!

Humphrey has always investigated things, like why Speak-Up-Sayeh was so quiet and Tall-Paul and Small-Paul didn’t get along, but this is a true mystery–Mrs. Brisbane is missing! She just didn’t show up in Room 26 one morning and no one told Humphrey why. The class has a substitute teacher, called Mr. E., but he’s no Mrs. Brisbane. Humphrey has just learned about Sherlock Holmes, so he vows to be just as SMART-SMART-SMART about collecting clues and following leads to solve the mystery of Mrs. Brisbane (and a few others along the way).

Nominated for twenty-four state awards and the winner of seven, the Humphrey series is a hit across the country.

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Buried Deep

Buried Deep by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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A cold case starts it all—human bones discovered beneath the Martian soil in the alien Disty’s main city. The Disty evacuate, believing the area contaminated. Forensic anthropologist Aisha Costard investigates and discovers that the bones belong to a woman last seen thirty years before.

But the woman didn’t vanish, nor did anyone believe her dead. She Disappeared, along with her children, after being charged with crimes against an alien civilization. Costard believes the children hold the key to this mystery, but she can’t find them on her own. So she returns to the Moon to hire Miles Flint.

As Flint investigates, events move swiftly around him, and suddenly what began as a simple murder case turns into an incident that might destroy the entire solar system…

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