The Best Novel You’ve Never Heard Of

The elusive Miss Tey, one of only a few photos of her.

It’s a mystery where the mystery is 500 years old, and everyone already knows the solution. Or at least they think they do. The detective is stuck in a hospital bed for the entire novel. There is no action whatsoever. We never leave the hospital room. Only three characters have any kind of substantial roles, [Read More...]

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The Best Deal In Comics

2015-03-08 12.17.24

Before we begin, I have to say that I am a DC Comics man through-and-through, my daughter is a Marvel fan, and my son leans to DC but follows some Marvel. A conversation with my daughter about comics usually goes something like this: HER: Marvel is so much better than DC. ME: I can prove [Read More...]

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Stoker at 165

  There is some debate about what is truly the first horror, Gothic, or vampire novel, but there’s no debate at all about the most important: Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Vampires have become so ubiquitous and cliched that it’s difficult to read Stoker’s tale with a mind unsullied by Buffy or sparkling or other nonsense. [Read More...]

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Game Review: Dear Esther

Dear-Esther

Dear Esther (The Chinese Room, PC/Mac/Linux: $10, Rated: NR) is a game without gameplay. It’s essentially a short story that unfolds though first person navigation of a 3D environment. (It started life as a Half-Life mod.) The superb score and atmospheric visuals provide an emotional canvas which is filled gradually with disconnected slices of narrative as [Read More...]

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The Hobbit Retold in a Single Picture

The Hobbit

Brandon Vogt, of the Thin Veil and The Church and New Media fame, posted this one, and I love it. The art style reminds me of Tolkien’s own art. This art was posted by “madbatter” on his DeviantArt page. And don’t forget to check out Brandon’s Africa eBook project.   [Read more...]

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