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SKJAM! last won the day on January 18 2015

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  1. Allegiant Rykka North has the ability to make people loyal to her temporarily. The bad news is that they otherwise retain their own free will and personalities, so tend to do what they think is best for Allegiant, rather than what she wants them to do. She's working on Disguise and Acting skills so that she can appear to be an authority figure as needed for the situation.
  2. Bleak This suit of armor radiates cold, able to freeze objects solid with a touch (including objects that touch it.) However, it can only be worn by someone of great generosity who uses it for good.
  3. Over at Crunchyroll, they're streaming a show titled "Tiger Mask W." It's set in a world where professional wrestling is 100% real and the evil Global Wrestling Monopoly is trying to take over the Japanese market. It guest stars real world wrestlers; the Bullet Club appeared in the episode "Don't Be a Softy!"
  4. Also, Arnie has actual political experience and has learned how government works.
  5. Perry Rhodan 10: The Ghosts of Gol Still very early in the series, well before he becomes immortal. Rhodan comes to a supergiant planet inhabited by energy beings from a higher dimension. http://www.skjam.com/2016/11/13/book-review-perry-rhodan-10-the-ghosts-of-gol/
  6. Not a book, but the January 1946 issue of Astounding Science-Fiction. Stories by Lewis Padgett and Murray Leinster, among other goodies. See my review here: http://www.skjam.com/2016/10/29/magazine-review-astounding-science-fiction-january-1946/
  7. Steal the Sky by Megan O'Keefe--the Scorched Continent is an interesting setting, and I like the characters better than the Locke Lamora series, which there are some similarities to. http://www.skjam.com/2016/08/25/book-review-steal-the-sky/
  8. The Ark by Patrick S. Tomlinson--an SF mystery story set aboard a generation ship carrying the last survivors of humanity. http://www.skjam.com/2016/08/20/book-review-the-ark/
  9. Have done a bunch more reviews over at my blog, some of which are SF/F. The most recent such is First Contact by Michael R. Hicks, the first book in the first trilogy of three of the In Her Name series. I'd downloaded it a few years ago as a free sample when thinking of buying a Kindle. It's pulpy military SF; humanity runs into the Kreelan Empire, who aren't really hostile so much as massively into honorable hand to hand combat. The humans are the first new opponents the Kreelans have had in millenia, and the Empire isn't going to take "we come in peace" as an answer. War ensues. Most of the characters feel like they came from Central Casting, and the set up is highly dubious, but a fast read. http://www.skjam.com/2016/08/06/book-review-first-contact/
  10. Umm, you mean Clive Cussler, right? (Though a Dirk Pitt book written by Clive Barker would probably be worth reading.) Myself, I read Louis L'Amour's The Quick and the Dead, about a pioneer family being pursued by horse thieves, and being helped by a knowlegable drifter. But what is Con Vallian really after? http://www.skjam.com/2016/01/24/book-review-the-quick-and-the-dead/
  11. Amarillo Armadillo (the Yellow Armadillo) is Alejandro Azteco, a (legal) Mexican immigrant. A brilliant engineer, he had already designed his power armor in his hometown, but was dismayed when he learned that the company building it was owned by a notorious drug-lord. By cooperating with the DEA, Alejandro got a jump on green card processing, but the drug lord's gang has never forgiven him. When not adventuring with the A Team, Amarillo Armadillo is improving his armor or assisting the Anaheim police with combating drug trafficking.
  12. Lovebot's name is deliberately ironic. Mary Ronsch was a typical Army Reserve supply sergeant serving in Iraq until the vehicle she was in ran over an IED and she lost most of her limbs and half her face. She got a medical discharge, but wasn't too keen on spending the rest of her life with the relatively primitive prosthetics available to disabled veterans when she saw super-powered cybernetics every day on the news. The legitimate programs have decades-long waiting lists, so Mary was tempted by an offer from the black market which seemed specifically aimed at her. It was. What she didn't know until too late was that this particular research program was run by a man she'd been particularly cruel to in high school and had never matured in his relationships with women. His project was creating consort/bodyguard cyborgs for wealthy third world dictators, and prioritized aesthetics over practicality. Thus Mary found herself rebuilt to look like a horny teenager's idea of a sexy cyborg. Unfortunately for the cyberneticist, the control chip could only force specific actions, not attitudes--the moment he left an opening, Mary disemboweled him and fled. She joined the mercenaries to protect herself from the scientist's backers and law enforcement. Lovebot primarily handles logistics and supplies, but is decent in combat, particularly hand-to-hand. Lovebot still has the control chip in her brain (it can't be removed without causing severe brain damage) and thus is vulnerable to machine-based Mind Control powers.
  13. Been preparing my playlists for the mix CDs I send out every holiday season. Most people will be getting the "Stay Warm" playlist which is primarily fire-related songs, but I'm also doing a Captain Kirk mix for one person--lots of filk music.
  14. This one may have been posted before, but it's still one for getting going.
  15. Headaches Can Be Murder by Marilyn Rausch & Mary Donlon. Mystery writer Chip Collingsworth has writer's block until he falls off a roof, which gives him an idea for his next book starring neurosurgeon John Goodman. Gimmick is that we get to see both Chip's life, and the way he incorporates bits of it into the thriller he's writing. http://www.skjam.com/2015/11/16/book-review-headaches-can-be-murder/
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