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The Purge: Anarchy

Watched The Purge: Anarchy. It was a pretty interesting show. One night every year, all crime is legal in America (with caveats that high level politicians are exempt, and no bombs allowed. Guns, knives, baseball bats, etc, are all perfectly fine though).

It was an interesting look at just how messed up people are. It's presented on TV as a great, patriotic duty. Because of the purge, unemployment is low, there are a lot less people on welfare, and everything is just awesome for everyone...

A funny part is that all of the major banks, etc, move all their money out, so they are not good targets, and the business districts in the cities are largely deserted, because there is no good looting.

Rich people pay old poor people's families so they can murder the old person, while in the safety of their mansion. Gangs slaughter each other and anyone unlucky enough to run into them. A wacko religious lady sets up on a roof and machine guns people, while spouting religious bile about God cleansing America from the filth of the poor.

The main characters are caught outside, with one actively looking to kill a certain person, two having their car sabotaged so that they can become targets, and two dragged out of their home. Only the "killer" is in any way competent, but he ends up protecting the others as best he can.

A fun note is that the government is also sending in killing crews, because the general citizenry aren't killing enough people. They also mention how the homeless and poeple living in the projects are a priority target.

All in all, a good action movie. Violent, but not gory. An interesting (but unrealistic) premise.



I finished Toujours Provence. It was pretty good. Some funny stories and an interesting look into life in rural France.

Next up is Deadeye by William C. Dietz. It's a scifi police book, set after a terrorist unleashes a biological agent on the world that kills a huge chunk of the population and also mutated some survivors. The main character is a "normal" cop in what is left of LA. I'm a few chapters in, and so far, it's pretty good.


Toujours Provence

I'm now reading Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle. It's presented as a series of anecdotes and stories, each a chapter long. I really enjoyed his first book (A Year in Provence), and so far, this book is also really good. Mayle has a very conversational style, and his stories are informative and humorous.


Blood and Bone

I just finished Blood and Bone by Ian Esslemont. It is very good, and if you like the Malazan setting, definitely a must-read.


Blood and Bone

Finished up Empire State. If you like pulp adventure, I recommend it!

Next up is Blood and Bone by Ian C. Esslemont. It's set in the Malazan world, and I expect I'll love it, as it is my favorite fantasy setting.


Empire State

I finished up Curse of the Wolf Girl a couple days ago. I liked it, but it took a while for me to finish. Too much other stuff to do!

Now reading Empire State by Adam Christopher. It's a pulp 30s setting, but in a slightly different world than ours. So far, the main hero (a tough detective) and his friend (a savvy reporter) have gotten a case from a damsel in distress to find her missing girlfriend. The atmosphere is similar to the old Chandler detective stories, but with ironclads, robots, and other pulp stuff added in. I like it!



Just watched the movie Fury. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It wasn't too realistic as far as the final scenes went, but it was well done. Lots more death than I expected (silly me). I recommend it if you like WW2 movies!


Curse of the Wolf Girl

I ended up dropping In the Night Garden about halfway through. It's interesting, but ends up being a huge mess of intertwined short stories.

Now reading Curse of the Wolf Girl by Martin Millar. I like his writing, and I'm pretty sure I'll like this book.


I finished Cold Days. I had read it before, but somehow didn't realize it until about halfway through. I guess I'm getting old. ;)

Next up is In the Night Garden by Catheryn Valente. Seems like it's going to be a riff on the Arabian Nights. So far, it's pretty good.


Cold Days (so far, it's very good)

I'm a little over half way through Cold Days, and I like it a lot. I wasn't a huge fan of the prior book in the series, and I'm happy to say, this book is much better.


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