A Great Cosmic Sociological Thought Experiment: a Review of Liu Cixin’s Death’s End

I read this 600-page book twice in one year because I didn’t know what to make of it the first time I did. It was both impressively thought-provoking and infuriating at the same time. On my first ride around the block, I definitely didn’t like it as much as I did the two previous booksContinue reading “A Great Cosmic Sociological Thought Experiment: a Review of Liu Cixin’s Death’s End”

The Grandaddy of Vampire Stories: a Review of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

I have read little vampire fiction aside from Ms Kostova’s The Historian, the first Twilight book, and one of George R. R. Martin’s earlier published work, Fevre Dream, but vampires aren’t alien to me since they often pop up in other fantasy works as villains or side characters. Full disclosure: the Dracula I am mostContinue reading “The Grandaddy of Vampire Stories: a Review of Bram Stoker’s Dracula”

British Warlocks Vs. Nazi Psychic Super Soldiers: a Review of Ian Tregillis’ Milkweed Tryptich

Last year, I read Mr Tregillis’ alternate history fantasy series The Alchemy Wars which was fun romp through a world where Dutch horologists discovered the secret to building clockwork automatons which made them the dominant power in the world while the French (with their metallurgical arts) fight a losing war against them. Before Mr TregillisContinue reading “British Warlocks Vs. Nazi Psychic Super Soldiers: a Review of Ian Tregillis’ Milkweed Tryptich”

A Fable of Auschwitz: a Review of John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Last year, John Boyne made the news for making the mistake of including ingredients from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild video game such as Octorok eyeball, hightail lizard, red lizalfo tail, and Hylian shrooms into his serious literary historical fiction novel, The Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom. It appeared that heContinue reading “A Fable of Auschwitz: a Review of John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”

Over Sideways and Under, On a Magic Carpet Ride: A Review of R. B. Lemberg’s The Four Profound Weaves

The first of the Four Profound Weaves is woven from wind. It signifies change. I am a little speechless, and I don’t really know how to talk about this book, because The Four Profound Weaves is the sort of book that makes me not want to do anything except stare at nothing for awhile. ItContinue reading “Over Sideways and Under, On a Magic Carpet Ride: A Review of R. B. Lemberg’s The Four Profound Weaves”

Murcatto’s Seven and Her Grand Tour of Revenge and Mayhem: a Review of Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold

You were a hero round these parts. That’s what they call you when you kill so many people the word murderer falls short. I remember reading the entire original First Law trilogy more than 10 years ago and loving it but with the passage of time, I retained only the barest skeleton of the books’Continue reading “Murcatto’s Seven and Her Grand Tour of Revenge and Mayhem: a Review of Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold”

The Time Traveling Sex Offender: a Review of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife

I turn to look at Clare and just for a moment I forget that she is young, and that this is long ago; I see Clare, my wife, superimposed on the face of this young girl, and I don’t know what to say to this Clare who is old and young and different from otherContinue reading “The Time Traveling Sex Offender: a Review of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife”

Chicago: Total War: a Review of Jim Butcher’s Battle Ground

I seized the tentacle that had me by the head and pulled hard enough to get enough counterpressure to keep it from snapping my neck—and it left me suspended uncomfortably, stretched out between the overwhelming opposing forces, just trying to hang on. Story of my freaking life. Harry Dresden, professional wizard. I’m a little busyContinue reading “Chicago: Total War: a Review of Jim Butcher’s Battle Ground”

Of English Magic, Fairies, and Pineapples: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

There is nothing else in magic but the wild thought of the bird as it casts itself into the void. There is no creature upon the earth with such potential for magic. Even the least of them may fly straight out of this world and come by chance to the Other Lands. Where does theContinue reading “Of English Magic, Fairies, and Pineapples: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell”

Once Upon a Time in a Malaysian Coffeehouse: A Review of Zen Cho’s The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

“… Let the lady be. Heaven will punish her if she is wrong.” “That’s right,” said the waitress, but the customer did not agree. “Lady!” he snorted. “This girl is a useless slut.” “Actually I’m a nun,” said the waitress, pointing at her bald head. “So, literally the opposite of a slut!” Zen Cho’s novella,Continue reading “Once Upon a Time in a Malaysian Coffeehouse: A Review of Zen Cho’s The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water”

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