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  1. A short adventure in an ancient city coming next Saturday. I hope you enjoy it.
  2. A familiar, capable of time travel, on a mission to rescue a Stradivarius violin from the looting of a Venetian palace, inadvertently rescues the musician assigned to that violin who was, himself, attempting to rescue both himself and the violin from the looters. And so, Giacomo de Castellammare comes to Ellendale and the Elven Dominion Beyond the Stars. Who knows what wondrous adventures await him? Other than the Shadow, of course.
  3. This story appears in the September 14, 2020, edition of The New Yorker. It is beautifully written and a moving exploration of two complete opposites.
  4. IT came from outer space. Dark. Menacing. Would Earth and all of it's peoples be destroyed? Enslaved? Assimilated? What form would the threatened doom actually take? Fortunately, King Justin 3 of Great Repute, King of Ellendale and the Elven Domains Beyond the Stars, and his lover and champion, Colin Earl Martial of the Realm: stand before Earth and the THING that threatens from afar. Together they will form and lead the Royal Space Corps into the fray. Will Artificial Intelligence win the day? Will civilization be ground into enslavement. Or worse? Come find out in the Royal Space Corps, coming soon to Awesome Dude. Our favorite channel.
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    Thanks, that didn't work. I don't know how to describe it, but it's very small and has symbols like <p> which I think might mean paragraph plus a lot of other stuff that is not part of the story.
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    Am I the only one whose having trouble seeing this. Every other story I've looked at recently has come through beautifully as they normally do; but this short story is not formatted correctly. Cheers,
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    It only took me seconds to be hooked. A cliff hanging rescue by a handsome prince in a "zimmer". A new identity, a room in the palace. A whole new future. I'm enthralled.
  8. I found this story to be deeply moving. It's based on the experiences of one of Alan's readers. Well worth a read.
  9. Feeling down? Weather grey? Cranky? Improve your mood with a quick read. Pedro's 'Telepathy' , or 'Joseph's Cat' are sure to bring a smile and brighten your day.
  10. But I wanted to know as I was reading Chapter 1.
  11. I've never lost a cuff link and I used to wear them almost daily. I quite agree with you on the subject of history. There are far too few good ones out there. I didn't get a great one until university. My recurring history teacher in HS (small town) believed that the way to teach history was for her to read to us from the book; or for us to read the book ourselves, quietly in class. I once asked her who Admiral Darlan was. She looked at me blankly.
  12. And what's wrong with cuff links anyway?
  13. According to Mike, a portifor is the 17th century usage for portiforium which is a portable breviary. Spell check doesn't much like either. I'm current with this story and the word has not yet appeared there, either. But Mike is fairish awesome so we'll just have to wait,
  14. I had to send a note to Mike in order to find out what a 'portifor' even was. I couldn't find it in my OED. But now I know. This is another in a series of great stories about Rothenia and I've enjoyed them all. This is a particularly fun example of these stories. There's battles and magic and kids being rescued and knowing horses. What more could a reasonable man ask for. Plus there are all sorts of quiet little echoes that demonstrate that the author has done his research and knows his history. It's a particular delight to encounter Generalfeldmarschall Prinz Eugen (AKA Prince Eugene of Savoy, Eugenio di Savoia) one of the great commanders of history little known in English as he served the Habsburgs and, except for assistance to Marlborough, most of his campaigns were against the Ottomans. Interestingly, he never married and there was some 'scandal' in his youth. Not much doubt about who shared his bed on campaign or in his palace. I will now practice brevity. Great story, you won't be disappointed!
  15. This is going to be grand, I'm sure.
  16. Alexander C. Eberhart, There Goes Sunday School, 7 Sisters Publishing, Jupiter, FL, 2018. Mike is a sixteen year old in a fundamentalist Christian family of comfortable means; he is a student at a private Christian school; he has a circle of friends but knows that he is gay and wonders why God (Big Guy) declines to answer his prayers and help him solve this problem. Then, to add further complexity to a difficult situation, he develops a friendship with the preachers son. This is a real page turner and is apt to ring particularly true to anyone who was subjected to that 'old time religion' when they were young. Delightful and satisfying.
  17. When Dmitri was twelve years old, he met Fjodor who was thirteen. They fell in love and grew and learned the ways of their world together. They knew that society would make some demands, but these appeared to be manageable. But in 1904, the eastward expansion of Imperial Russia ran into difficulties with Japan over questions involving Manchuria and Korea. War erupted, and like countless young men through the millennia Dmitri and Fjodor were carried away to war. And then came battle, and then came questions. Their world had changed. The full adventure is coming Saturday here on Awesome Dude.
  18. I am assuming that it is not dialogue. My friend Peter just sent me Sheffieldish: A Beginners Phrase Book. I suspect that just about anything in quotation marks is fair game. Could this be an error attributable to English as a second language?
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    Next Tuesday

    I rather like Beto O'Rourke just now. His run against Cruz was formidable and dramatic. I bet he'd carry Texas were he running for president. Still a long way to go. I like Joe and Bernie too, but I think that they, like me, are a little too old for the job. It will be interesting, but I confidently predict a Democratic victory.
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    Next Tuesday

    Of course it was lip service. Why look at our capital city. We don't let them vote. And look at our Monroe Doctrine we didn't issue that until we'd checked with Castlereagh to be sure the Royal Navy would enforce it. Not to worry. I've bet nothing.
  21. I believe that when the dust settles next Tuesday. The Democratic Party will reclaim the House with a number of seats to spare; the Democrats will retake the Senate by one seat. Here's looking at you...
  22. I think this is a wonderful story. When it's finished I'll start over again from chapter 1.
  23. Michael Arram does just about everything brilliantly. He can unleash Operation Ruric against the hordes of Malik Ramu, and the horse cavalry rides again while a seraph becomes human; or, he might just discuss the trials and tribulations of a pair of long time lovers who in addition to dealing with a lost icon and all that entails, have problems with their housekeeper. In this case, we have star crossed lovers, great music both classic and contemporary, and the streets of Strelzen live again with the rattle of trams and stolen kisses. I could ask for nothing more.
  24. Justin and Colin, having been torn from high school to become a king and a champion have many decisions to make as they lead Earth Prime out of its somnolent past. For example, while skinny dipping in the palace pool, they decided to build a zeppelin thereby launching aviation in their new world. King's and general's make many decisions for their country, but these decisions are implemented by others. In order to do a better job of implementation, Corporal Winn is teaching himself not to drop his "h's". See the 'Hammer of Thor' wielded in the defense of innocence. And if there can be zeppelins again, why not space ships, too. But Justin and his lover, Colin, have been born to hereditary positions. They are happy in each other's arms, but there is the government in the background, worried about succession. So the heir pressure increases. Even at official functions such as the first flight of a zeppelin, where bagpipes skirl and the hoi polloi strut their stuff, a boy can admire the perfect curves of his boyfriend's bum. This too, is part of empire. So come along as the adventures begun in 'An Owl on My Sceptre' and the 'Royal Mail Delivers' continue.
  25. Looking forward to it. Certainly enjoyed the first chapter.
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