The Far West

Over the last week I read the family Patricia C. Wrede’s latest, The Far West, which is the third (and, apparently, final) volume in the series that began with The Thirteenth Child and Across the Great Barrier; and we all enjoyed it thoroughly. I read the last fifth of book on Saturday evening, and my voice was beginning to [Read More...]

The Directed Reader

One excellent thing about the social networking experience regarding books is that my reading queue is being filled with a wider range of books along with being a higher quality. This was certainly not true for most of my life.  Since my father was a SF fan along with other varied interests it was his [Read More...]

Free Jack Vance ebook!

Jack Vance is not only a great sf writer, but a great American writer. He started out writing fairly standard pulp adventure sf (albeit very clever and well-written pulp), but over the years, his eccentric writing style, biting view of human nature, humor, and skill at building strange new worlds became more and more important, [Read More...]

Joss Whedon and Much Ado About Nothing

Including Nathan Fillion …. finally, Shakespeare I can’t wait to see! (Yes, Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion are what it takes to make that happen. So sue me.) It’s debuting at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Tor.com has photos. [Read more...]

John Singer Sargent and Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife. 1885 painted by John Singer Sargent via Wikipedia I am reading The Amateur Emigrant from Delphi Classics complete Robert Louis Stevenson collection on my Kindle. Every time I look at Stevenson’s face on the cover, I like him more. And I already love his fiction. The Amateur Emigrant is [Read More...]

Jack McDevitt: The Alex Benedict/Chase Kolpath Series

Julie recently reviewed Jack McDevitt’s Polaris; I’ve been working through that series as well, and here’s my take on it. The Alex Benedict/Chase Kolpath series has a very different feel than the Academy series. It also concerns archaeology, but as it is set 9,000 years in our future, and other intelligent species are scarce, it pretty much [Read More...]

Free Audiobooks: “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” and “A Tale of Two Cities”

Every week SYNC gives away a contemporary book paired thematically somehow with a classic novel. This is directed at YA readers to get them to listen to a book if they won’t pick one up to actually read. What is SYNC? SYNC is the audiobook publishers’ and AudioFile Magazine’s commitment to introducing the listening experience [Read More...]

The Woman in White

Having thoroughly enjoyed Wilkie Collin’s The Moonstone, I went out and got a copy of the same author’s The Woman in White. Short answer: it’s even better. The Moonstone‘s climax is marred by a plot point that seems completely implausible today, although it would have seemed more more reasonable when it was written, whereas The Woman in White has no [Read More...]

Joe’s Back and This Time It’s Biblical: Reviewing “The King of Plagues” by Jonathan Maberry

… He paused. “Tell me again what Scofield said to you. About the river of blood.” I closed my eyes and found the words. “‘They said that if the rivers didn’t run red with blood, then the blood of my family would run like a river.’” “Yes. That troubles me.” “All of it troubles me. [Read More...]

The Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions

Oliver Onions (yes, his real name) writes a ghost story that creeps up on us just when we’re getting comfortable. Part 1 of The Beckoning Fair One is ready for your listening pleasure at Forgotten Classics podcast. [Read more...]


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