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Starfire

Starfire
by B.V. Larson (2014) 132K

On June 30, 1908 an object fell from the sky releasing more energy than a thousand Hiroshima bombs. A Siberian forest was flattened, but the strike left no significant crater. The anomaly came to be known as the Tunguska Event, and scientists have never agreed whether it was the largest meteor strike in recorded history—or something else.

 


This is a big, sprawling science fiction /political novel that starts off like a Tom Clancy story with multiple plot-lines. There are conspiracies and deals being done between USA and Russia. Over half the book feels like a thriller. Then everyone goes into space and the plot-lines concentrate on the voyage.

This was written after the Star Force series. The writing is of an experienced author. Everything is well written and paced for one of his longer books. But best of all is that you never know where the plot will take you.

Recommended for science fiction and thriller readers.

Veep 3.02

Veep 3.02 – The Choice

After a quick visit to their new campaign HQ, Selina and her team go on a ride-along with the Coast Guard, where they learn the president has flipped on a major issue (pro life/pro choice), which makes Selina meet different pressure groups and reexamine her own stance. Jonah stirs chaos with his new blog called ‘Ryantology’, angering Dan; Mike is called into work from his honeymoon. Meanwhile, Gary questions his role with the Veep and tries to come up with new ideas for the campaign.

Instead of doing all this pre-campaigning, sometime in the next 24 hours, you grab a mic, you say, “I’m Selina Meyer, and I’m running for President of the United States.”

Dan: You don’t announce your candidacy while the incumbent is still warm. That’s like trying to bang the widow at the funeral. You would have hear start her campaign with no strategy, no money, no staff except for [indicating himself…] Superman and […and Amy] Wonder Woman over there, just, [super-cutesy] “I wanna be President.”

Dan: I was clear! I was clear! We just need to pick a fucking number, any fucking number. Give that fucking number to the fucking press, and go to fucking bed! I mean, how much more clarity do you need? You want to print it on a fucking t-shirt? Come on! I’m so sorry. I did not mean to blow up like that.

Veep 3.01

Veep 3.01 – Some New Beginnings

Selina’s in Iowa to promote her new autobiography with Richard, but also uses a book signing to meet possible caucus voters. In addition, she starts looking for a campaign manager, even though she hasn’t announced her plans to run for president publicly.

At Mike’s wedding, the team learns shocking news that could stand between Selina and the presidency: Secretary of Defense General Maddox resigns. Jonah gets himself fired after arousing suspicion about the departure of POTUS with his blog ‘West Wing Man’. Also Selina attends a funeral with Ben and Richard.

 
Is that a Star Wars reference, “A New Beginning”? Our Next American Journey.

You have more nervous tics than a shoe bomber.

You think you’ve seen the end of Jonah Ryan? You haven’t even seen the start of Jonah Ryan! I’m leaving here with my head held high, and my nuts hanging low on your mom’s chin, Martin.

 

Veep 2.10

Veep 2.10 – D.C.

Selina’s determined to quit as Vice President in two years, but her plans change multiple times until a final decision by POTUS; she and her team, looking for new jobs, scramble to keep up: Dan quickly lines up a few jobs; Amy is thinking about settling down with Ed, Gary is moving on with his girlfriend to the cheese business and Mike is trying to get in with Furlong.

Of all the episodes so far, this is the most farcical. Everything ramps up to a will she/won’t she ending.

I move as slowly as a Mississippi detective investigating the murder of a young black man.

Selina: You like to have sex and you like to travel?
Jonah: Yes, ma’am.
Selina: Then you can fuck off.

Science nerd: When I grow up, I want to be vice president just like you.
Selina: Oh no, you don’t. You want to be president.

Roger: “I really don’t have any need for you, Mike. You’re kind of obsolete. You’re like a Viking stuck in time.”

 

Veep 2.09

Veep 2.09 – Running

Rumors are swirling about a possible impeachment vote and someone that might be challenging POTUS following the midterm election; The Veep continues her plans, that might consider her the ‘challenger’, with a meeting of party donors;

After Selina has a freak accident and trips out on medication for her injuries, she makes a statement to the media that could be easily misconstrued. Dan attempts to play both sides of the Selina-Danny Chung rivalry.

This is awkward. Like catching your sister’s eye at an orgy.

Dan: This is awkward. Like catching your sister’s eye at an orgy.
Amy: Well, my sister would never be at an orgy. Too uptight. She would want health records from everyone— and just kill the momentum and.

 Jesus, look at that stupid gaping mouth. Let’s put stuff in it.

Yeah, of course you do, Jonah. You don’t get the complexity. You’re the world’s biggest single-cell organism.
All I’m saying is that there are going to be difficult choices to make, you know? Like Sophie’s Choice choices, except more important because it’s gonna be about me.

Veep 2.08

Veep 2.08 – First Response

After being prepped for a “puff piece” interview at the VP residence, Selina is thrown by Janet Ryland’s (Allison Janney) “gotcha” questions. During the interview Selina’s team fights to maintain her faltering image and tries to cope with new information: A damaging story leaks about Andrew, who is bragging about access to Selina’s office; The government shutdown is over; Catherine has become a vegetarian.

Dan: You’re gonna do something big. You’re gonna do something bold. And you’re gonna do it in the next five minutes.
Selina: How about this? How about I lift up my dress, give everyone a big fat shot of my cooch?

Veep 2.07

Veep 2.07 – Shutdown

With D.C. in the midst of a government shutdown, Selina is forced to furlough some of her staff. Danny Chung takes advantage of the shutdown after a man is killed by a bear in Minnesota; Gary and Jonah go on a run to retrieve Selina’s trash; Dan tries to woo Sidney Purcell; Also, Andrew and Selina are starting to have sex again.

Ben: Madam Vice President, greatest respect, but it has been the job of the VP over the ages to take it in the ass to save the president.
Selina: Yeah, let me tell you something. This ass is closed for business. This ass is in clench-down. I don’t want to be a decoy. Let the president take it in the ass. He might like it.

Yeah, I know he’s fucking furloughed because I’m the fucker who furloughed him.

You know, I didn’t realize how good I was at this job until someone else did it so badly.

Dan Deadman

Dial D for Deadman: A Space Team Universe Novel
(Dan Deadman Space Detective Book 1)
by Barry J. Hutchison (2017) 78K

The Space Team Universe just got a whole lot darker.

In an alien city torn apart by crooked cops and ruthless criminals, private detective, Dan Deadman, specializes in cases unusual and bizarre.

Sure, he doesn’t smell great, and he’s technically been dead for quite some time, but if you’ve got a rampaging Hell-beast tearing up your street, or a portal to another dimension appearing in your bathroom, Dan’s your man.

 


Barry Hutchinson seems to be invigorated by starting a new character in his “Space Team” universe. This is better that the previous novel ‘Return of the Dead Guy”.

Nothing to complain about here, move on. Nothing to see or hear. Just a dead guy talking.

 

Veep 2.06

Veep 2.06 – Andrew

Catherine’s 21st birthday party becomes a forum for Selina’s budget negotiation with the majority leader, but Amy and Gary are more worried how Selina will handle seeing her ex-husband. Meanwhile, Mike discusses Selina’s role in the Uzbek hostage crisis with the press.

Jonah, you’re not even a man. You’re like an early draft of a man, where they just sketched out a giant, mangled skeleton, but they didn’t have time to add details, like pigment or self-respect. You’re Frankenstein’s monster, if his monster was made entirely of dead dicks.

Gary, deflower the room.
– There’s a sentence I bet you thought you’d never hear.

You know, if we don’t get this done by midnight, we’re all gonna turn into ugly sisters and get eaten by wolves or whatever the fuck happens at the end of that story.

But every time she gets around him It’s so weird. It’s like a cat on a hot tin dog.

Hey, buddy, don’t worry that she didn’t remember you, okay? It’s only ’cause you’re a nonentity.

This is like as subtle as putting a nude photo on Facebook.

I heard whining and I assumed I needed to apologize.

Veep 2.05

Veep 2.05 – Helsinki

 
Ben and Kent argue over new intelligence concerning the hostage crisis, while Mike employs the services of Jonah to help him on a special White House project. Selina and her staff head to Helsinki to finalize a trade agreement, but are worried whether Selina will be received warmly in Europe, because of the song performed in the previous episode and while trying to teach Dan how to charm the media, Selina has awkward encounters with the Finnish Prime Minister (Sally Phillips) and her sleazy husband Osmo (Dave Foley).


Sally Phillips (blonde above) looked familiar, she played Tilly in the comedy Miranda.

I mean, what the fuck is wrong with you, Kent?! Seriously, when you pull the pin out, you’re supposed to throw the grenade away. You don’t stick it up your own fricking ass!

More apologizing, really? I apologized less after banging my brother’s fiance.

Remember, I lie for a living.

Holy shit, grandpa, you probably still get your porn from magazines.

All this melodrama really explains your three divorces.
– Well, I’d like to divorce your head from your fucking neck.

Don’t give me that Quaker in a titty bar look.

Your idea of crisis management is screaming, “We’re fucked! Bury me!”

The Eye of Sauron is the near perfect analogue for the modern media.
If we can draw the Eye to Helsinki, then it won’t be looking at what’s going on here.

I’m the Vice President of the United States of America. He just squeezed my tit like a balloon.

Screw you and your Confucius grasshopper bullshit.

What the fuck were you thinking? Look, you marked it highly confidential, thereby guaranteeing that this thing is gonna go viral.