Not sure how long it will be until the Hollyweird types get to Mr. Pratt, but this speech is very well done. Should be required viewing for a lot of celebrities.
“Then the sound came, a long, deep, powerful rumble increasing in crescendo until the windows rattled, cups danced in their saucers, and the bar glasses rubbed rims and tinkled in terror. The sound slowly ebbed, then b1959oomed to a fiercer climax, closer.”
Written and released in 1959, Alas, Babylon was one of the first dealing with the aftermath of a nuclear war. I wasn’t born yet, but I do remember growing up during the Cold War. Mutually Assured Destruction was a hell of a thing to live with. Author Pat Frank showed us how a small Florida community dealt with the aftermath of a world nuclear war. This novel didn’t get into too much of the what/how of the actual bombs, just how this community worked to survive and hoped for the best, but were realists.
I’d read most of Ted Bell’s Alex Hawke novels, but had missed a few the past years. When I saw Overkill at Sams Club I treated myself to the hardback. The story had all of the main characters found in the Hawke series and even a famous Russian leader who is obviously bat-shit crazy. You can probably guess his name. The premise of the book with an assassination attempt, kidnapping, and general mayhem. Hawke, of course, is in the middle of things.
Imagine a world where humans are a lower life form saved from the brink of extinction by higher life forms. Humans are not highly regarded. That’s the world in the “GC” where we meet the crew of the Wayfarer with a mixed crew of different species and life chaotic and crazy. In The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet the crew’s job is to bore wormholes between different planets creating a shortcut between different worlds. A new crew member with deep secrets has to work to fit in to the new crew and to get used to the dangerous work that they all do.
This man is awesome and speaks truth to the left…
A Rogue Lawyer is one who’ll represent the unrepresentable…the lowest of the low, rapists, murderers, gang members…you get the picture. Author John Grisham’s character, Sebastian Rudd, is such a lawyer also known as a criminal defense lawyer. While the money is sometimes good, Rudd finds that very few people like him. Certainly not the cops or prosecutors, and often not his clients, many of whom are ultimately convicted. It seem criminals don’t like it when they are held accountable for their crimes. Add to this mix Sebastian’s ex-wife who is also a lawyer and her mission to prevent their son from ever seeing his father. Sebastian has a lot on his plate.
This article by National Review’s Andrew McCarthy begs us to ask the question I pose in the title of this post. As I have done in the past in these types of posts, I’ll provide a link here while encouraging you to read the post;
And I’ll provide you some teasers below. This is some scary stuff that may have been going on in Obama’s Administration.
“No, I didn’t think about the dog. It hadn’t hit me yet that taking on a big dog like Ruby was a major, life-changing responsibility. I still felt grateful to my old buddy Frank for remembering what a good friend I’d always been. When I murdered Frank, I never dreamed he’d leave Ruby to me. Who’d believe he’d help me out by making me look like such a good guy? I mean, you don’t leave your precious dog to the guy who murdered you – do you?”
Originally published over a hundred years ago, Trent’s Last Case brings newspaperman (I cannot remember his first name) Trent to a small town where a very famous person has died; no he was murdered. Mr. Trent has been dispatched by his publisher to try and solve the case. You see Trent has been remarkably good at solving crimes.
“You have come down to write about the murder.” “That is rather a colorless way of stating it,” Trent replied, as he dissected a sole. “I should prefer to put it that I have come down in the character of avenger of blood, to hunt down the guilty and vindicate the honor of society. That is my line of business.”
“Even in a book of this length, it is impossible to explore in detail every issue touched on in the text. The notes provided at the end of each chapter, inevitably selective, seek to amplify some facets of the story of the Golden Age and its exponents, and to encourage further reading, research – and enjoyment.”
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