Book Review: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism

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Kengor, Paul. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism: The Killingest Idea Ever (Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2017) print edition

I’ve been a reader of the P.I.G. guides since the inaugural volume, Robert Spencer’s Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades. Some books are better than others, but this one is among the best. Yes, it is opinionated. Yes, it is brutal about some things, quoting first-hand accounts of the horrors of Communism in the USSR, Cambodia, and elsewhere. But the sources are excellent, the presentation is good, and you get a lot of information in a relatively compact package. Continue reading

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Leo Lionni’s Frederick

There are a few illustrated children’s books I grew up with that left a very deep mark on me. Tomi di Paola’s books, Ashanti to Zulu about the peoples of Africa, dinosaur and paleontology books, Three Trees of the Samurai, Holling C. Holling’s books, and one called Catundra about an overweight cat and how she slims down.

Leo Lionni’s story Frederick was one of these. The book is fifty years old this year, and is a wonderful story about the importance of Odds in societies. The author was Dutch, and did many children’s books, a lot of them about mice, including Frederick. I discovered it as a audio-tape and read-along book Mom and Dad got at the library. Continue reading

Signal Boost: The King’s Champion

Peter Grant’s fantasy novel, The King’s Champion, is live on Amazon.

I was allowed to read an advanced draft, and it is good!

An old, semi-retired soldier on his way back from visiting an older friend discovers that long-banished trouble has spilled over the border (and it kills his dog. Big, big mistake). The king is weak, unable to keep peace among the barons, even as hard danger marches closer.

But old men are dangerous men, and cunning. The King’s Champion girds himself for battle once more, and woe betide those who think that age is weakness.

Book Review: Rimworld – Into the Green

Curtis, J. L. Rimworld: Into the Green Print edition

Humans merrily expanded out from Earth, and collided with the Dragons, or Dragoons, and war erupted. A stalemate of sorts has been reached, with the emphasis on “of sorts.” Because the Dragoons and their human slaves, the Traders, won’t stop their attempts to expand and conquer. And humans won’t stop exploring and spreading out among the stars. Into those steps, or rather falls, Lt. Ethan Fargo. And the Dragoons (and a few loose bureaucrats) are in for a surprise. Continue reading

Signal Boost

LawDog’s long-awaited book, then one his blog followers and friends have been pestering, harassing, and begging for is finally out! The print edition is coming soon, but e-book is out. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073XSYG63/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500142635&sr=8-1&keywords=D.+Lawdog

I’ll do a formal review later this week, but I can tell you that this is a fun book. Just don’t read it in locations where laughing aloud is frowned upon.