|February, 1998 [The
||Why so hesitant?
||Some remarks on Q's reticence in taking on "Jade One."
||A matter of convenience
||How <Peking>'s beginning is helped by a configuration
of convenient circumstances.
||More on Croder
||Continuing confusion on the role of the "skeletal scarecrow."
||Commentary on the radio transmission scene, one of the
best in the Q-orpus.
||Breach in policy
||The Bureau's rule about "no information before commitment"
||Several things that strain credibility.
||A little "talk" on the overly chatty characters of <Peking>.
||Examples where there's a bit too much background material
||The loose end to end loose ends
||The long-delayed explanation of how Spur may have been
||The well-known Quiller
||For a "secret agent," lots of folks know lots of stuff
about Our Fave Ferret.
||Laxity in the face of danger
||Three places where Q should have been more careful.
||How did this guy get to be an agent?
||Hall assays some portrayals of folks from the country
he would call home.
||A Valentine Day's gift: Moira's last name!
||Some comments on one of the better Q-orpus combat scenes.
||Brevity: The soul of suspense
||Brief is better.
||Croder: Closet team player?
||Is Croder a management consultant in disguise, sent to
reign in the over-individualistic?
||What "six missions"?
||Some commentary on the tantalizing reference to other
||Helen de Haven
||Why I don't like her very much.
||Let the reader beware
||More strain on reader credibility.
||The ten dumbest quotations from TPT
||Here they are.
||Can we assume no knowledge of English at the monastery?
||Three of the best from the Old Roach Stomper.
||Croder: Genius or bumbler?
||Some alternative readings on the oft-cited competence
||Espionage: Three great metaphors from TPT
||Again, Hall finds great ways to help us view spycraft.
||Remarks on a really terrible ending.
||Some remarks on agency in <Peking>.
||Kudos to Hall on his portrayal of Asian interpersonal