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Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard

★★★★★

I really enjoy the F/X show Justified, and I’m one of the (apparently) rare folks who actually reads the credits for most of the shows I watch. Right there in the opening credits, it states that the show was based on a short story by Elmore Leonard. Sometime around season 3 I decided I liked the show enough to read the short story. And now I’ve finally gotten around to it. I had sort of the same reaction reading Fire in the Hole the story (inside Fire in the Hole the book – a collection of short stories) as I did watching the first season of Game of Thrones only in reverse. The shows and their source material are so close, it almost doesn’t make sense to invest time both reading the source and then watching the show. In the case of Game of Thrones, it’s way shorter to watch the show than to read the books, so definitely do that. In this case, I would also recommend watching the show rather than reading the story. Not because the story isn’t good, because it is. But because it isn’t any better than the show, and the story stops. The show is on its fourth of fifth season.
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Infamous Reign by Steve McHugh (Hellequin 2.5)

★★★★★

I am a total sucker for fantasy novels in an urban setting. I blame The Dresden Files. I’ve read tons of series in this vein. The Nightside, Iron Druid, etc. The Hellequin series is about Nate Garrett, a wizard living in modern England that is several hundreds of years old. The name of the series is just awful. “Hellequin” is Nate’s title, handed down by Merlin (yes, that Merlin). Its hard enough telling people you’re reading a book about magic, but the series could at least have a cooler name. Anyway, in the proper novels, the majority of the story takes place in the modern era with flashbacks to some semi-relevant event from centuries past. Since this is a short story, there apparently aren’t enough pages to do that, so it takes place solely in the 15th century.

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When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth by Cory Doctorow

★★★★

When I was still in school, I remember Adrian telling me about a story he read where some sort of global Armageddon-level catastrophe happened, and the only survivors were the System Administrators who happened to be in their hermetically sealed, climate controlled, battery backed-up data centers. They communicated with each other via Usenet and IRC.

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