Framing the Dialogue

Archive for September, 2018

Caliban’s War

“How can they have had a whole battle here,’ she said, ‘and no one knows why?’  ‘They know,’ Holden said. ‘Someone knows.”

In Caliban’s War, the second in the Expanse Series, we again meet James Holden as he and his crew happen upon the aftermath of a battle on Ganymede, where a great deal of the food for the universe was grown.  Mars and Earth are still in a very uneasy truce when someone or something attacks the UN forces and then the Martians.  Both believe the other to be behind the attack.

The Plastic Magician

Charlie N. Holmberg is the fourth in the Paper Magician series.  If you’ve not read any, well shame on you, but in case, these are set in England more or less and the stories center around magician apprentices who are bonded to certain materials.  In this novel we meet Alvie Brechenmacher who was fortunate to get her first choice in materials, plastic.

“Alvie admired the mark of her achievement a little longer before removing the hat and untying the knots of the apron, which she reverently folded and set at the foot of her bed. A Polymaker. Her. It was really happening, wasn’t it?”

The Seven Storey Mountain

A number of years ago, I read and wrote a review of a book about the author’s relationship with Mr. Rogers called I’m Proud of You.  The two men only met briefly, but that kindled a long though distant friendship.  One thing that I noted from the book was how this book, The Seven Storey Mountain, was a very important book to Mr. Rogers, so I added it to my wish list to read.  The book about Thomas Merton’s spiritual life started anything but spiritual.

“I’m With Hil 2020”

The Hillary Clinton 2020 campaign seems to have gathered some steam on Friday when anonymous sources leaked that the 2006 failed candidate signed a big money deal with the company BleachBit.  The company was little-known until Clinton’s staff used the software to wipe her electronic devices clean even though they were under court order to preserve them.   “it seemed like a natural fit for us as she really put us on the map” said an executive of the company who did not want to be named