What I’m Currently Reading…

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Since I have a reading cycle and it seems to be a bit different than most peoples idea of a TBR, I try to list what series I’m currently reading once or twice a year. Helps tie things together since it can be up to 2 months before cycling through everything. Some are actual series and others are just grouped together by author, whatever is easiest for me to deal with.

So without further ado!

 

The Complete Shakespeare

The Jeeves Omnibuses

Alistair Reynolds

Ravenloft (a Forgotten Realms spinoff)

The Sacketts

Charles Dickens

Piers Platt

Patricia McKillip

The Faithful and the Fallen

Torchship Omnibus

Lord of the Rings (including the Hobbit)

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Kurtherian Gambit

Gaunt’s Ghosts

Drenai Chronicles

The Keiko trilogy

Polity

Non-fiction

Misc (standalones by single authors)

Twilight Reign

Dean Koontz

Garrett PI

 

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Not QUITE that many, but sometimes it feels like it!

Sacketts has only one more book to go and then I’ll be cycling an omnibus edition by Zane Grey into its slot. Gotta keep the westerns going, 6000 pages of “going” in fact!

Faithful and Fallen is on probation and unless book 2 really impresses me, will be replaced with something else. Gwynne made a bad first impression on me and I’m not very forgiving.

Platt has 6 books in a new series I’ll be trying, but unless he ups his game from his Oz books, he’ll be getting the sack too.

Ravenloft I’ll keep reading until I get sick of the puerile, franchise fiction level of writing.

Everything else I’ll probably stay the course.  Because I’m….

Captain Obvious!!!!!!

 

 

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Psst, Do You Want To Know My Secret Identity?

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Shamelessly stolen from the internet. But I’m “reformed”, honest!

When I wrote the post about bank robbing and llamas, I let slip a bit of history about my criminal background. Since I am now reformed, Maddalena was wondering if I would end up becoming a Super Hero and if so, what kind?

First and foremost, superheroes have to protect their real life. Imagine if everyone knew who Donut Man really was! He’d get kidnapped by Crispy Creme and be forced to sit in a warehouse churning out magical donuts for the rest of his life. Brrrrrrr. But to get back on track. Yes, I AM A SUPERHERO. However, to fool my former villain associates, I’ve had to invert the whole secret identity thing. Everyone already knows mild mannered Clark Bookstooge and his propensity to be attracted to phone booths (one of those lesser known fetishes. For good reason). So I decided that I would HIDE my super hero identity.

So you will never know my Super Hero Identity. It’s a secret!

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Bleeding internet! Look at that, I’m outed already

Well folks, I’m off to prepare myself for an attack by the Meme Factory.  Obviously, this is a job for….

…..Captain Obvious!  😉

 

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‘Round Yonder in These Heah Pahts…

…. we dun kut doun them dern trees and then shuut ahh guns so as to celerybrate!

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Dern trees, always growing in them there forests. Nothing but a nuisance!

 

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11 acres of private land surrounded by 70+ acres of conservation land. Shooters paradise.

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For the record, that is a soda can in both pictures. Alcohol and guns should NOT mix

 

 

 

Yep, that is how I spent last Saturday. Pretty much just watched my bro W.C. Bombfunk use a chainsaw (I was there for safety reasons) and then we went to a house of a friend of his to test out his new to him AR-15 rifle.  The baby had just been put down for a nap so we started with our 9mm pistols to give him to time to get fully asleep. Then the 223 ammo came out and the rifle shooting began.  I did a couple of rounds at the 75yard range but Bombfunk went for the 100yard’er. Neither of us hit any targets at our range, but with a new gun, that is no surprise.  What Magic the Gathering cards are to Bookstooge, guns are to Bombfunk. He was grinning like an monkey.

It is good to have family nearby sometimes 🙂

 

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Bank Robbing VERSUS Llamas

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Back in my single days I spent my nights, not being a masked vigilante of justice, fighting crime and freeing the oppressed but as the Super Villain known and feared the world over as Mister Money Bags.  No bank was safe, no company president truly slept the night through, for all worried that Mister Money Bags might strike again. Walls were no impediment to me, safes I laughed at, security systems I danced the tango with. I was nigh unstoppable!

Once I got married though, Mrs B thoroughly disapproved of such things and outright refused to even consider becoming a Crime Spree duo. She said she’d rather own a llama. I, being the super genius that I am, immediately went out and bought the most bank robbering llama that money could buy.  The former owner ASSURED me that this llama was like the Van Gogh of bank robbing llamas. I would not be disappointed.

Sadly, for me, once Mrs B convinced Edward the Llama that bank robbing was bad,  he pretty much did this to me:

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I was crushed.  My dreams of a team of bank robbers were gone.  Imagine, if you will, the following headline:

Bookstooge, Librario and Edward the Llama commit yet another impossible heist. Pope is stunned when he can’t find his hat.  World mourns. Authorities claim they “are closing in on the Terrible Trio”. Reward Offered.

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That could have been me. Rocking my own personal Pope Hat.  However, being the bigger man, I am not bitter. I didn’t throw Mrs B out of the house. I didn’t even send Edward to the glue factory. In fact, with my help, he became something even bigger. You might recognize him. Just remember, he got there on the back of MY broken dreams.

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Not that I’m bitter

 

So there you have it folks. How a hardened criminal was reformed by Love and made the World a better place in the process. And didn’t become bitter about it.

 

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A Book Haul! (?)

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Fourscore and Seven Fortnights ago, when our forefathers were but young spring chickens and Winter Had Arrived, I bought Two Books, yay verily!

Today, the culmination of prophecy is before your very eyes. No longer can you claim ignorance. No longer can your ignore the Word of  Esslemont! With this physical verification staring you in the face, YOU….ARE….WITHOUT….EXCUSE!!!!!

Yep, my hardcover edition of Kellanved’s Reach came in the mail. I’m starting it now and a review will go up as soon as I finish it.  Thankfully, Rebecca has already reviewed it and I’ve lowered my expectations accordingly. At least I think I have.

 

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ps,

Is it really a “Book Haul” if it’s only one book? I feel it is cheating somehow, like if a fisherman claimed he had a real haul and then showed you one minnow. There needs to be another, more accurate, term for such things. Sadly, my godly knowledge of words and terms has suddenly failed me and I find myself floundering, like a minnow! 😉

 

PSA: The Etiquette of Commenting on Comments

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This particular subject I’ve been thinking about on and off for the last several years, usually whenever I comment on someone’s blog and then somebody else cuts into the conversation and sometimes it would piss me off and at other times it just didn’t bother me. I had never stopped to think about what made the difference.

The other day though it happened again and I sat there for almost 30minutes trying to figure out WHY it was bothering me so much.  I had a very different opinion on the subject from the Blogger and voiced my own and we’d pretty much let it go at that, agree to disagree. Then somebody else chimed in. I asked them who asked them and they replied it was a public site. I retorted with the mature, elegant and sophisticated statement of “butt out” at which point the blog owner stepped in and clarified how he viewed the comments section on his blog. Then it was fine because I became aware that he wasn’t the using the same rules that I was. This forced me to think about what I consider my rules of etiquette for commenting on other comments.

I view a comment on a blog as a conversation in a public place between 2 people, the person who wrote the post and the person making the comment. It is like 2 people sitting at a busy coffee shop talking to each other. Sure, they are in a public place where others can overhear them, but the expectation is that they have the illusion of privacy and their conversation is only meant for them. It is just as jarring to me when someone else interjects themselves into a comment as it would be for a complete stranger at Dunkin Donuts to sit down at the table I am sharing with my brother and tell me how I am wrong to like black coffee. THAT is a good way to end up dead. New Hampshire has a Constitutional Carry law so you better remember that before mouthing off to some stranger.

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Remember kids, Grandpa might be packing heat!

 

The flip side is, when someone comments positively on somebody else’s comment. Say I’m talking to my brother at Dunkin Donuts and pull out my Sig p938 and am talking about how I wish I knew of an easier way of cleaning it and somebody says “Hey, if you don’t mind me butting in….” and then they tell of a way they know to halve the cleaning time. I can be like “Thanks! Have a seat?” and then they can either sit down and talk guns with us or carry on their way. Either way, they acknowledged the tacit understanding of privacy.

Now if that isn’t complicated enough for you, then you add in the fact that some posts INVITE cross commenting. How do you handle that!? For me, I don’t. I don’t tend to follow people who would invite a crowd over to their house, stuff everyone into a big room, lock the doors and start saying controversial things just to see what everyone does.

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My goodness, somebody needs to go to Weight Watchers!

 

Speaking of houses, I guess I tend to view a Blog as somebody’s house.  If Friend X invited me over to their house and they also invited their friend, Friend Y, who I didn’t know, I wouldn’t start telling Friend Y he is wrong to use the yellow coffee cups. I’d leave them alone and let the owner of the house deal with it and if they don’t, then it certainly isn’t up to me to do so.

NOW throw into the mix that everybody has different ideas about this whole subject. I view the comments section and my blog as my house. Wipe your feet, leave the other guests alone if you can’t say anything nice (by the way, disagreement isn’t mean or “not nice” but how you disagree certainly can be) and be chill, even if the host is ranting 😉  I’ve run into people who would say their blog is a farmers market, not a bleeding house and they want tons of people with all their goods interacting and hollering over each other and screaming across the whole thing to that one guy over there. And goods and ideas are exchanged and most people walk away with what they want. Fantastic. But don’t event think about acting like that in my House/Blog.

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Ok, I think I’ve blathered enough. Do you even think about this, or this just me being a  super sensitive snowflake? Whatever your thoughts on the subject, I’d be interested to hear them.

 

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PS,

I think this has broken the writing slump I mentioned in my Monthly Roundup. I’m pretty excited about that!

MTG: Fight & Flight: Dino Power!

Magic_card_backSo I’m working on my third Commander/EDH deck.  One of the recent blocks in Magic the Gathering took place in a world where dinosaurs were a huge part of every day life, for good and bad. Some of those dinosaurs are really, really big and so I wanted to make a deck where I could come out with massively huge creatures and just stomp all over my opponents.  I’ve spent the last month creating this deck in a word document.  Sadly, with our recent car situation (I’ll be talking about THAT bottle of fun’ness in my monthly roundup next week) this deck is going to go on the back burner.

This time around, I decided to add every single card in picture format. I won’t be loading them as individual pictures because otherwise it would take 5minutes for my site to load and that just isn’t fun for anyone.  For each category (in bold) I’ll be showcasing 1 of the cares I think is cool or cool looking and then doing a clickable grouping thing so you can check them all out, or not, as you so desire.

My Good Knight Sirrah deck, while I really like it, just hasn’t performed. I win about 25% of the time with it.  The Get Salted, I’m Exalted, while not competitive, has something closer to a 90% win rate and I don’t play it more than once now as it can be demoralizing to someone else to lose on turn 6 in a game that usually last 30+ turns. This deck I’m just hoping to stomp around with big dinosaurs and have fun killing things whether I win or lose.

There are several main parts of this deck. First and foremost, getting a lot of mana out quickly (with artifacts and sorcery/instants) so as to be able to get the big creatures out quickly, use the Enrage mechanic on half my dino’s to help boost me in various ways and then to use the Planeswalkers and the rest of the sorcery/instant cards to fight outside of combat using my dinos hopefully massive power and sweep away the competition. I’ve tried to make all the cards synergize with as many possible other cards so no matter what I draw I will be good. Only a real play test will tell though.

Without further ado, here is my deck list:

 

Commander:1

Zacama, Primal Calamity

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We will♪ we will♪STOMP YOU!!!!♪

 

Planeswalkers: 4

Huatli, dinosaur knight

Domri Rade

Samut the tested

Vivien of the Arkbow

 

 

 

 

Creatures: 27

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Kinjalli’s Sunwing

Sun Blessed Mount

Bellowing Aegisaur

Burning sun’s avatar

Etali, Primal storm

Gishath, Sun’s Avatar

Imperial Aerosaur

Majestic Heliopterus

Needletooth Raptor

Polyraptor

Raging Swordtooth

Ranging Raptor

Raptor Hatchling

Regal Behemoth

Ripjaw Raptor

Shining Aerosaur

Siegehorn Ceratops

Silverclad Ferocidons

Sky terror

snapping sailback

sun-crested pteradon

sun-crowned hunters

trapjaw tyrant

wayward swordtooth

Zetalpa, Primal Dawn

Ulvenwald Tracker

 

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Artifacts: 17

Tower of Fortunes

Sol Ring

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gruul cluestone

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boros signet

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commander’s sphere

seer’s sundial

staff of nin

Mindstone

Pillar of Origins

Worn Powerstone

Hedron Archive

Thran Dynamo

Dreamstone Hedron

 

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The Power of Scyenze, errrr, Magic(!!) compels you!

 

 

 

Sorceries/Instants: 12

Cultivate

Nissa’s Pilgrimage

Skyshroud Claim

Rampant Growth

Kodama’s Reach

Farseek

Dromoka’s Command

Domri’s Ambush

Band Together

Gravitic Punch

Rabid Bite

Thrash

 

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The first rule of Dino Fight Club is: You Always Pick the Fight Option TWICE!

 

 

Lands: 39

Command Tower

Terramorphic Expanse

Evolving Wilds

Myriad Landscape

Taiga

Wooded Foothills

Stomping Ground

Cinder Glade

Fire-lit Thicket

Savanna

Windswept Heath

Temple Garden

Canopy Vista

Wooded Bastion

Krosan Verge

Plateau

Arid Mesa

Sacred Foundry

Naya Panorama

Rugged Prairie

6 Forests

6 Plains

7 Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

So there you have it. A ton of pictures. Please feel free to make suggestions or comments or to ask questions.

 

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