Eagle Landing

 

July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface. Six hours 39 minutes later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC; Buzz Aldrin joined him.

They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 21.5 kg of lunar material to bring back to Earth.

Command module pilot Michael Collins flew the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon’s surface.

Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 hours 31 minutes on the lunar surface at a site they named Tranquility Base before lifting off to rejoin Columbia in lunar orbit.

Hero Quest

A Quest of Heroes
(The Sorcerer’s Ring #1)
by Morgan Rice (2012)

This fantasy story revolves around a 14 year old boy from a small village. Thorgrin senses he is different from the others. He dreams of becoming a great warrior, of joining the King’s men and having adventures.


This starts with a well-worn trope, the boy who would be destined for greatness and presumably survives the 17 book series.

So despite the generic fantasy series and cut-out characters it works well. Things move at a good pace and with sufficient pace to keep the reader guessing. Looks like an interesting ride.

Siege

Siege: Trump Under Fire
by Michael Wolff (2019)

The sequel to Fire and Fury takes us inside the Trump presidency to reveal a White House under siege.

The basic premise of the book seems to be .. look – it’s worse than you think. This is a compilation of events, accounts and tantrums from the President.

It’s just what you think it will be, an entertaining character assassination of the most incompetent president in American history.

 

Tim Brooke-Taylor

Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor OBE (born 17 July 1940) is an English actor. He became active in performing in comedy sketches while at Cambridge University, and became President of the Footlights club, touring internationally with the Footlights revue in 1964.

Becoming wider known to the public for his work on BBC Radio with I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again, he moved into television with At Last the 1948 Show working together with old Cambridge friends John Cleese and Graham Chapman.

He is most well known as a member of The Goodies, starring in the television series throughout the 1970s and picking up international recognition in Australia and New Zealand. He has also appeared as an actor in various sitcoms, and has been a panelist on ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’ for over 40 years.

 

Flying Twits

1916; in Seattle, Washington, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporate Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).

In  2006 Twitter is launched, becoming one of the largest social media platforms in the world.

 

Jesus 8

Jesus and the Eightfold Path
by Lavie Tidhar (2010)


This novella tells the story of Jesus, from his birth to his death and resurrection. But in the style of an action adventure. The three wise men start the story and a roman soldier recounts the final days of Christ.

Very strange, but apparently based on the three companions of the Buddha in the Chinese classic Journey to the West.

 

Anarchist

The Anarchist Kosher Cookbook
by Maxwell Bauman (2017)

 

Purchased as part of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Satire Bundle, this turned out to be a debut collection of strange Jewish-themed stories with a shock or modern twist on various religious themes. From burning bushes, virgin ghosts, leviathans, Baphomitzvahs, and how to create your own golem to fight off Neo Nazis.

Some were thoughtful, some entertaining and one definitely horror. Well written enough to keep you coming back for more.