Detective Inspector Jack Spratt of the Nursery Crime Division is the central character. He's just lost a big case when the three little pigs were acquitted of the murder of the wolf. Management wants to close his department to save money. He needs a big case to get management off his back. Enter Humperdink (aka Humpty) Jehosaphat Alyosious Styvesant van Dumpty. He's been found dead, smashed to pieces at the base of his favourite wall. First assumptions are that it's suicide - apparently he always got very depressed at Easter. But it turns out he's been shot.
The investigation continues......
Silly names, lots of puns, crazy twists on a whole array of nursery rhymes, etc. Very funny.
bootstrike.com has all the documentation for the Ultima games. I now have a downloaded version of the map and can continue playing to my heart's content. I also found a thing called Exult which allows U7 to run in Windows without having to load dosbox. It just gets better.
sub-titled: The Decay of Public Language by Don Watson. Excellent little book on how big business, governments, etc are destroying the meaning of our language. Love it! I should have brought it with me so I could throw in a few pithy quotes. Great stuff.
George Orwell: 1984 Monica Dickens: The Room Upstairs Caiseal Mor: Carolan's Concerto Reginald Hill: On Beulah Height and Death's Jest Book Ben Elton: Past Mortem and Popcorn Witi Ihimaera: The Whale Rider Bernard Cornwell: Harlequin and Vagabond Kate Elliott: Child of Flame Sara Douglass: Pilgrim, Crusader and Hades' Daughter Robert Rankin: Raiders of the Lost Car Park Tom Sharpe: Wilt in Nowhere Robert Jordan: Knife of Dreams
That's all I can remember at the moment.
Currently on the go.... George R R Martin: A Feast for Crows Robert Anton Wilson: Schrodinger's Cat Caiseal Mor: The Tilecutter's Penny
which simulates the old DOS system. So, I loaded up U7 and started playing...woohoo, just like the old days. Except, after a bit I had to enter co-ordinates from the map (cloth, no less) that came with the game. It's a protection thingy they used. Until I get the co-ordinates right I can't go any further. I have no idea where that map is or even whether I still have it at all. AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH!
I could go back to Schrodinger's Cat but I'm a bit tired of it.....it's one of those books that's a bit dated now. Probably a hoot in its time but a bit passe now. The Tilecutter's Penny by Caiseal Mor is sitting there looking at me. I read a Mor book recently and enjoyed it so maybe... This one is set in the 12th century - Ireland and the Crusades. Sounds like the sort of stuff I'd enjoy.
By Reginald Hill. Another Dalziel and Pascoe crime novel. I like the way this guy writes...he packs an awful lot into his stories. Lots of different threads running through this; some refer back to earlier stories which I haven't read. Doesn't interfere with the flow of this book though. For much of the book a lot of these threads appear to be unconnected but, slowly but surely, he draws them all together by the end. The way some of the threads ended was a bit 'convenient' for the good guys....a more complicated, even inconclusive, ending would have been more in line with the way the story unravelled. Still, a good read all the same. Now....what to read next? It should all get a bit easier after Thursday, that's when I get me specs! Ugh. Been in denial for too long...it's time to admit the sad truth: my eyes are no longer functioning properly. Sigh.
The siren went with Freo one point ahead but the umpires didn't hear it. Saints kicked a point to level the scores, then the umpires called time. Rules state that the game's over when the umpire says so. But the timekeeper is supposed to blow the siren till the ump hears it. So the game was a draw. But Freo appealed to the AFL and won.....so, we lost. Probably deserved to lose given the way they played but the two points for the draw would've been handy! Such is life.