Podcasts and Bibliography

Writer’s Note: I am in the center of a two week streak of real life madness so blogging time took a serious hit.  I have been meaning to write this anyway and remove the ancient dead pages with a bibliography and links page – in fact, this post.  So while I am crazy busy, here […]

Review: Old Man’s War

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have exactly one essential issue with “Old Man’s War:” The book ends so well and succinctly I feel no compulsion to read the sequels. Otherwise, this book is fantastic. So many cool science fiction themes to ponder: the corporatization of space exploration […]

Review: Mockingjay

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins My rating: 3 of 5 stars This review containers spoilers for Mockingjay. At one point in the book, Joanna Mason, one of the victors from Catching Fire, has this exchange with Katniss: “Is that why you hate me?” I ask. “Partly,” she admits. “Jealousy is certainly involved. I also think you’re […]

[Book Review] Pulphead

Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Pulphead is more of a 3.5-3.75 star book than a 4 star, but the rating system will not allow me to award partial stars so I’m rounding up. I found Pulphead on the Guardian’s “Best Books of 2011” list and I was itching for […]

[Book Review] Before They Are Hanged

Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie My rating: 3 of 5 stars Ah middle books of a series. Books with neither a beginning nor an end. Nothing but big honking chunks of middle. Before They Are Hanged follows three separate stories with no overlap. Of the three stories, two of them are excellent and […]

[Book Review] The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie My rating: 4 of 5 stars My Dad foisted the Joe Abercrombie books on me as revenge for getting him hooked on Martin’s the Song of Ice and Fire. And, as for a book in the “tits, blood and scowling” genre of fiction, the first book in “the First […]

[Book Review] The Fourth Part of the World

The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Making of History’s Greatest Map by Toby Lester My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read history books the way others read genre fiction. Some of them are well-written and some not, some well-sourced and some not. Sometimes a […]

[RPG Review] Bookhounds of London (a Trail of Cthulhu Supplement)

Bookhounds of London by Ken Hite Available from Pelgrane Press Bookhounds of London isn’t so much a hardcover supplement for Trail of Cthulhu as a tesseract, a sort of space-time aberrant tear where more information exists between the two covers than the physical space inhabited by the book. In no way could so much dense […]

[RPG Review] Trail of Cthulhu

Trail of Cthulhu by Ken Hite from Pelgrane Press In middle school I discovered horror fiction. I cannot remember what was the first book — I suspect Stephen King’s the Shining in used book form — but I do distinctly remember reading anything that had a dismemberment. If it featured splatters of blood, I read […]

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