Well, the first quarter of the year is ending soon. I managed to hurry two more novels read. "Fire on High" (NF #6) by Peter David (1998) and "Q & A" by Keith R. A. DeCandido (2007). The latter book's afterword includes a comment "about whom I can't say enough kind things." Such could be an example of compromise formation or a back-handed compliment. May need correction if it can successfully done. Or, it could be taken as the genuinely kind words as intended. I really enjoyed "Q & A" and found "Fire on High" a nice contrast with "Death in Winter" and reading the newer books is more and more enjoyable. Not just a "goal gradient" effect of the rat which is nearing the end of the maze or the student nearing the end of their program.