Friday, May 22, 2015

Two Worthy Things From Two Good Friends

Thing One

Games of Empire, is out in Amazon Kindle format for only $2.99 (it's the first of a trilogy; my understanding, which may be incorrect, is that the books will roll out on Kindle, after which all three will arrive in "dead tree" format at once). Here's the descriptive stuff from the press release:
If you've read any of Richard Blake's "Aelric" novels, you know that they're set during the decline of the Roman Empire, that they're fascinating, and that they're great stories well told. Blake's latest,

Constantinople, 617 AD

Chained up in a condemned cell, Rodi thinks it's the last day of his life.

It becomes the first.

Though only fourteen, his brains and skill at forgery make him too valuable to the Roman Empire for wasting in a public execution.

The Lord Treasurer Alaric recruits him into a top secret security agency. His job is to turn the tables in the Empire’s war with the so far victorious Persians.

This is a story that takes you from the glittering palaces and sordid streets and brothels of the Imperial City, to the barbarian-ravaged provinces, to high mountain tops fringed with pine. Here, with no one to help but a naïve Christian missionary, Rodi must prove himself in a contest with the devotees of an obscene and bloody idol and a Persian spy.

Can young Rodi survive and come out on top in this ruthless and secret Game of Empires ...?

 Thing Two

The latest episode of Kranky Notions, Jeff Riggenbach's new podcast series at, is part one of a two-part addition to Jeff's "Libertarian Tradtition" series, focusing on the life and work of Max Stirner:

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