Microreview 29: Les Lames du Cardinal

Pevel, Pierre. Les Lames du Cardinal. 3 vols (Les Lames du Cardinal, L’Alchimiste des Ombres, Le Dragon des Arcanes). Paris, Bragelonne, 2007-2010. ISBN 978-2352944904. Where French fantasy differs from American. 17th Century uchronia, brilliantly renewing the Dumas musketeer universe. Admirably detailed & accurate… Read More ›

MicroReview 25: France Awoke

Trémolet de Villers, Vincent, & Raphaël Stainville. Et la France se réveilla: Enquête sur la révolution des valeurs. Paris: Toucan, 2013. ISBN 978-2810005642. Spectacular account of France’s recent traditionalist insurrection, all but ignored by the world, but which has quite destabilized, almost incapacitated, the sitting… Read More ›

MicroReview 22: Industrial Enlightenment

Jones, Peter M. Industrial Enlightenment: Science, Technology, & Culture in Birmingham & the West Midlands 1760-1820. Manchester, UK: Manchester UP, 2013 (2008). ISBN 978-0719089121. Outstanding academic analysis & survey of the lush intellectual environment around key Industrial Revolution pioneers during the late… Read More ›

MicroReview 16: Candide

Voltaire. Micromégas, Zadig, Candide. Paris: GF Flammarion, 1994, 2006. ISBN 978-2080712936. 3 tales. Far most forceful & glorious is Candide, presciently written near the time of Voltaire’s own move to Ferney. Micromégas is also worth a read as early science-fiction. I give *****/5.

King by Grace of the Sun

There is a subset of strategy board games in which I’ve long had great interest. You might call them: historically-themed-light-or-medium-games-where-the-history-part-happens-to-work. This is not your demanding grognard simulation of the siege of Stalingrad, interesting as such a game is too. Rather, I… Read More ›