KRAD COVID reading #46: “Blood in the Water”

Concluding a week of stories set in the universe of Dragon Precinct and its sequels and attendant short stories, I read “Blood in the Water,” a story that focuses on the supporting characters of Dru and Hawk and is the first (and so far only) story in the milieu to feature vampires.

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more Shore Leave 41.5

Shore Leave 41.5, the virtual version of the Maryland convention held every summer — and which is my favorite convention to attend as a guest — is continuing to have new panels every couple weeks. Tomorrow, Saturday the 25th of July at 1pm Eastern Time, will be the Author Summer Release Party! The various author guests who usually attend the con will be on hand to talk about their new stuff. Not sure of the exact guest list, but I will certainly be there to discuss To Hell and Regroup and Star Trek Adventures Klingon Empire Core Rulebook, as well as Bad Ass Moms and Pangaea III: Redemption.

Click on this link to register for the event. It’s free, but you need to register to get the Zoom link…..

Friday fanfare: “Build a House”

Last week, I did a meme that was going around Facebook asking men to list women they admire who are not personal friends or family. I had a fairly long list, as it happens, but one of the ones I listed was Rhiannon Giddens, who has rapidly become one of my favorite musicians. So I’m gonna do a bunch of her stuff this week, concluding today with a collaboration between her and the great Yo-Yo Ma done in June of this year over the Internet, due to the pandemic. Great stuff.

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Warlord”

It’s an acting exercise for Jennifer Lien, as a tyrant takes over Kes’s brain. There’s palace intrigue, shifting alliances, covert operations, plus Neelix creates a holodeck program and gets his feet rubbed. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch meets the “Warlord.”

An excerpt:

I would’ve liked some more actual closure between Neelix and Kes dealing with the breakup Tieran forced on them, and pretty much any scene in the Paxau Resort could have been sacrificed to have that, as those scenes are very obviously constructed to show that This Is The New Holodeck Hangout, plus anything that would spare us watching Ethan Phillips make idiotic expressions while getting his feet rubbed is worth trying.

midweek music: “St. James Infirmary”

Last week, I did a meme that was going around Facebook asking men to list women they admire who are not personal friends or family. I had a fairly long list, as it happens, but one of the ones I listed was Rhiannon Giddens, who has rapidly become one of my favorite musicians. So I’m gonna do a bunch of her stuff this week, continuing today with the song that first got her on my radar. “St. James Infirmary” is a very old song that I have about eighty bajillion versions of, and this one teams Giddens with the Silk Road Ensemble. My mother sent me this song because she knew how much I liked the song, and it got me interested in Giddens also.

KRAD COVID readings #44: “Baker’s Dozen”

Kicking off a week of stories from the Dragon Precinct universe with “Baker’s Dozen.” This is the second case Danthres Tresyllione & Torin ban Wyvald had as partners, in a story set a decade prior to the main events of the series (and also the sequel to Danthres & Torin’s first case, “When the Magick Goes Away”).

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Future’s End, Part II”

Janeway and the gang try very hard to get back to the future (ahem), the EMH is footloose and fancy-free, Chakotay and Torres are kidnapped by militia morons, and Starling is going to blow up the 29th century. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch does “Future’s End, Part II.”

An excerpt:

The ending doesn’t even try to make sense—somehow Braxton’s timeline is changed, but nobody else’s is? Even though Chronowerx only happened because Braxton showed up in the Delta Quadrant in the first place? Has Chronowerx been eliminated from the timeline too? Why is the mobile emitter still there?

With all that, the episode is still fun, particularly the EMH’s dry wit both in his banter with Starling and while enjoying his newfound mobility (not to mention his invincibility to things like punches and bullets). Tuvok and Paris remain a fine double act, and Rain Robinson is the first female character on this show whose interactions with Paris don’t either piss me off or skeeve me out (or both). And even the one-dimensionality of Starling is leavened by Ed Begley Jr.’s charisma.

Monday music: “At the Purchaser’s Option”

Last week, I did a meme that was going around Facebook asking men to list women they admire who are not personal friends or family. I had a fairly long list, as it happens, but one of the ones I listed was Rhiannon Giddens, who has rapidly become one of my favorite musicians. So I’m gonna do a bunch of her stuff this week, starting today with “At the Purchaser’s Option,” the sad genesis of which is told at the top of the video.