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The Pre-Tolkien Challenge, John Buchan

My only previous experience with JohnBuchan was his excellent African adventure story, Prestor John.  Now that was a real world adventure containing nothing of the fantastic, so I’ve been meaning to give his more fanciful stories a read, and this … Continue reading

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Living in Omelas

Spoilers ahoy!  You’ve been warned.  I was holding out for today, but Emperor Ponders ain’t got no time for people who wait too long to read the good stuff.  His summary of “Law of the Wolves” is note perfect.  He … Continue reading

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This is Not a Game

Yeah, so this came across my transom recently, and it’s not…good.  Not even by D5D standards. There’s a lot to dissect here, a lot of threads to tug on to unravel the knotted misery of this title, but let’s start … Continue reading

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Local Kine Comics

Think global, buy local, they tell you.  Aurite*. It’s been a long time since I bought a comic book that wasn’t wrapped in a brown paper bag.  It’s not what you think.  After a dry spell, a few years back I … Continue reading

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Adventure Constant: Exuberant Adventure

Somebody gets it: The explanation of the title of this exuberant adventure comes about three-fourths of the way into the book, and is so original and droll—well, and so outlandish—that when I came to it I laughed out loud. By … Continue reading

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More on “Escaping infinity”

On Wednesday, I posted a review of Richard Paolinelli’s Escaping Infinity, in which I lamented the inclusion of an extended post-script that felt like a separate story in its own right.  After giving this book more thought, I have to revise … Continue reading

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Escaping Infinity

At its core, Richard Paolinelli’s Escaping Infinity, presents a Twilight Zonestyle mystery of a strange hotel that appears in many times and places, and that once you check in, you can’t check out.  The guests at this hotel become so taken … Continue reading

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The Scythe of Kronos (Cold Stars Book 2)

I picked up a copy of this on the recommendation of Jeffro over at the Castalia House blog, and once again he did not steer me wrong.  The Cold Stars series is less a long string of novels and more … Continue reading

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Cirsova, Issue 5

Issue 5 of Cirsova represents a return to form after an average outing with Issue 4.  While Issue 4 included a few gems, it also suffered from the inclusion of far more stinkers.  Frankly, the double issue was a mistake … Continue reading

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Cirsova Four, Part Six

Shadow Vision Preston Dennett’s tale of an outcast, a half-mad sage, and a young girl exploring a land plagued by a near-sentient darkness gives the reader plenty of mystery, magic, action, and even romance, but his delivery never rises above … Continue reading

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