East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

The Week of Unreliability

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This is the week in which all of Italy shuts down as people eagerly pursue their dream of a vacation in style.
Shops are shut for business, public offices are closed, mail delivery becomes even more erratic. Even the internet becomes unreliable, and Facbook fills up with weirdos rambling about nothing.

Here in the Astigianistan hills, the torrid heat has given way to furious thunderstorms and five pm showers.
Feels like the monsoon season in Asia, without any of the perks.

So, for this week I’ll be sitting back and relaxing – sipping cold brewed tea, dining on Indian food (it suits the atmosphere, so to speak), and reading books.

In case you are interested, here’s what’s on my reading list.


Evan Currie – Heirs of Empire
I got a review copy through NetGalley and it’s just as well – as I’d have bought a copy anyway.
Old-style space opera with modern sensibilities, and (from what I’ve seen so far) excellent pace.


Jonathan GashThe Judas Pair
I’m on a Lovejoy binge right now, and I’m rewatching the old TV series[^1], so I got me a very used copy of the first novel in the series. This really really looks like vacation reading.


The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk
I wanted to submit a story to this one, but missed the deadline – heck!
But that’s no reason not to read the book – which is very much on-topic, as to me, Dieselpunk is just Pulp misspelled.
Hhoping the mailman will deliver it tomorrow as per Amazon timeline: as I said, this is the Week of Unreliability.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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