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Black Jack Derringer Book 1: The Ace of Spades (2010)

10 August 2010 11:47 AM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Black Jack Derringer Book 1: The Ace of Spades

By K.H. Koehler

Published by Skullvines Press

Reviewed by Ash Arceneaux

Buy now: (Do it!!)

Alice West is a rough, tough, survivor, and she means to stay that way, despite the post-apocalyptic world she lives in. She will survive, even if that means teaming up with a complete stranger who is just about as off-kilter as she is.

I don’t know much about this series—my fault, I was supposed to research and write an article about Ms. Koehler (still working on that!)—but I love it already. I’m a raging fan for post-apocalyptic literature, and this book is Mad Max meets Firefly, and then gets hooked on estrogen, and starts growing boobs. The world building is great. Koehler borrows from the classic post-apocalyptic tropes and archetypes and constructs a fascinating world of steam, sand, and wild-West-style action. »

- asharceneaux

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Nil by mouth

8 January 2010 4:00 PM, PST | | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

I mentioned that I can no longer eat or drink. A reader wrote: "That sounds so sad. Do you miss it?" Not so much really. Not anymore. Understand that I was never told that after surgery I might lose the ability to eat, drink and speak. Eating and drinking were not mentioned, and it was said that after surgery I might actually be able to go back to work on television.

Success in such surgery is not unheard of. It didn't happen that way. The second surgery was also intended to restore my speaking ability. It seemed to hold together for awhile, but then, in surgeon-speak, also "fell apart."

A third surgery was attempted, using a different approach. It seemed to work, and in a mirror I saw myself looking familiar again. But after a little more than a week, that surgery failed, too. Blood vessels intended to attach the transplanted tissue lost function, »

- Roger Ebert

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