My Fifty third book of the year is a NESFA Press collection of the Time Travel Stories of the one and only L. Sprague De Camp, Years in the Making
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NPR : Huge ‘Terror Bird’ Fossil Discovered in Patagonia
Via NPR, the discovery of the skull of a horse-sized carnivorous bird that was the top predator in South America prior to its connection to North America via the Isthmus of Panama.
56. The Killing of Worlds, a Novel of Succession,, Scott Westerfeld
55. The Risen Empire a Novel of Succession, Scott Westerfeld
54. Memories of Ice, a Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson
53. Years in the Making, L Sprague De Camp
52. A History of the End of the World, Jonathan Kirsch
51. The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations, John Haywood
My fifty second book of the year is A History of the End of the World, by Jonathan Kirsch
Comedy, Series Premiere.
Hapless minor Chaosian Lord Merlin Sawall (Ben Affleck) finds himself unexpectedly propelled to the top of the hierarchy of the Courts of Chaos and made the new Emperor of the Pole of Reality. Waiting for him there to tell him how to do his job is Lord Humphrey of House Appleby, Permanent Lord of Administrative Affairs in Thelbane, the Palace of the Emperor.
Also making Merlin’s life crazy are Sir Bernard of House Woolley (Derek Fowlds), his new Private Secretary obsessed with the minutae of proper Thari, and Merlin’s brother Jurt (also played by Ben Affleck), who is convinced he could do the job better.
Future episodes will have guest appearances by Merlin’s mother Dara (Tilda Swinton) and Merlin’s other. scheming brother Mandor (Jeremy Irons).
A birthday gift from My Friends The Olsons™, this is another in the happy borderland between my love of history, and my love of maps.
The second of the Ilium Diptych, by Dan Simmons.
Next up, a Graphic Novel, first in a series, long since recommended by Meera.
Artesia, by Mark Smylie.
NPR : Declining Bee Population Threatens Major Growers
A major report from the National Academies says bees and other important pollinators are losing out to development and disease. The report’s authors warn the losses could have a big impact on some farmers, such as the almond growers of Central California.