It was late and i was tired far side

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it was late and i was tired far side

The Far Side of the Stars (Lt. Leary, #3) by David Drake

The third book in Drakes highly enjoyable space opera series continues his tradition of transposing 18th century British naval situations into space. This time out, Daniel Learys former command, the corvette Princess Cecile, is decommissioned and sold to a wealthy foreign noble intent on exploring the Galactic North, where piracy abounds, as well as uncivilized planets that still havent recovered from the Hiatus in interstellar travel. Leary is hired to captain the ship, and he hires all the Sissys former naval crew to run her. Off they set into high space, bound for adventure.

It has been a long time since I read a pure picaresque space adventure. When I was quite young, I devoured such stories in very short sittings, drunk on the infinite possibilities to be found in the universe. Coming to one from a more experienced and informed perspective, I mostly saw the limitations that Drakes story set upon the possibilities. And didnt mind them, either, since Drake is a sterling storyteller.

There was none of the initial bloat that I felt unbalanced the second book, the story clips right along, from planet to planet, with plenty of action along the way, and in particular a thumping good climactic battle. I very much like the future history Drake has created for this series, and the possibilities it leaves open for further adventures and exploration. I hope, at some future point, that he has a more cerebral adventure in the series, one where Adele Mundys pursuit of some historical nugget of information (most likely a book) drives the story, more than military tactical advantage. Theres always a bit of that, but Id find it fun to have the battle stuff be incidental background music for once, rather than front and center every time.

All in all, thoroughly fun and quite a satisfying read.
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The Far Side

Classic single-panel Newspaper Comic by Gary Larson. Running from to , it featured numerous talking animals, most notably cows, and frequent depictions of heaven and hell , along with various other stock settings. The strip was also known for its use of scientific jokes and puns. A story Mr. Larson quotes in one of his anthologies tells of a science teacher who had Far Side cartoons mounted on a bulletin board. As his students learned more and more, they laughed at more and more of the jokes. This is pretty much the essence of The Far Side — witty, educated, nerdy humor that dealt with the world of animals and plants far more so than the mundane reality of cities and towns.

that one is a family favorite-especially since they changed the doors at work from pull to push. 1. clocksailor. •. 8y. •. I went to a gifted grade school and it was.
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"Tropes of The Far Side":

W hen Gary Larson started out as a cartoonist, he didn't know what white-out was. Any time he made a mistake, he threw the drawing out and began again. This is like a film director not knowing about yelling "Cut! There must have been a Great Moment when someone happened to mention the uses of white-out in Larson's presence, a moment so great that only Larson could draw it. This inspiring revelation comes from "The Prehistory of the Far Side," a splendid compendium of Larson works from early to late. One section purports to consist of long-lost Very Early works Larson drew as a child. These delineate a hideous childhood with young Gary spending the family dinner hour under the table snapping at scraps, vacationing in the trunk of the family car and being sent out to play on the freeway.

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Classic, long-running single-panel cartoon by Gary Larson. Running from to , it featured numerous talking animals, most notably cows, and frequent depictions of heaven and hell. The strip was slso known for its use of scientific jokes and puns. A story Mr. Larson quotes in one of his anthologies tells of a science teacher who had Far Side cartoons mounted on a bulletin board. As his students learned more and more, they laughed at more and more of the jokes. This is pretty much the essence of The Far Side -- witty, educated, nerdy humor that dealt with the world of animals and plants far more so than the mundane reality of cities and towns.

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