'Killing: Good; Sex: Bad.':
Sometimes it's just easier to sit back and let others say what you're thinking. So, re Grand Theft Auto, take it away Carpundit.
... 'Fell into agonies':
Read two books while on vacation. The first -- John Scalzi's sci-fi Old Man's War
-- was fun, fast and fascinating. I'm not a big sci-fi fan, but you got to love a book that comes out of the starting gate with this Mike Hammer-like lead: "I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife's grave. Then I joined the army." ... There were many intriguing futuristic scenes in the book. One of my favorites was when the humanoid good guys accidently intercept an intersteller recording of an alien "celebrity cooking show." Culinary topic of the day for the aliens: how to cook humans - yum, yum, yum. ...
The second book -- Richard Ketchum's Saratoga
-- is one of the best history books I've read. It filled in a big blank spot in my knowledge about the American Revolution, i.e. the importance of the Battle(s) of Saratoga. Ketchum's descriptions of colonial America are quite vivid, especially how slow people and armies and news travelled 228 years ago. ... The book should almost have been called 'Fell Into Agonies,' a phrase one British minister used to describe how King George reacted when he learned he had lost an entire army and half a continent to a force of mostly farmers. ...