Reading Fight Club

Reading it now and it’s all, “My life is so good I have nothing to feel bad about and sometimes that makes me sad.”...

MicroBlogging

Any blog can be a microblog if you’re determined enough....

A Good Day for Kipling

“Have you news of my boy Jack?” Not this tide. “When d’you think that he’ll come back?” Not with this wind blowing, and this tide. “Has any one else had word of him?” Not this tide. For what is sunk will hardly swim, Not with this wind blowing, and...

Regressing Harder: Post-Colonial American Lit

Those Americans who paid attention in high school carry around in their head an understanding of early American literature built upon a foundation of two works: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter (1850), and Edith Warton’s, Ethan Frome (1911*).  Both fine works, but both on the heavy side for high...

Glen Cook and Fishing For Stars

Oh, Glen Cook, I wish I knew how to quit you. Last of the Dinosaur Published authors to command my allegiance, Glen Cook is a modern master.  He is everything that George Rape Rape Martin’s fans wish that fat old pervert was. With the Starfishers Trilogy, Cook paints a broad...

Around Masks, Don’t Relax

“Masks on in public,” is a common refrain in my household. Oh, the subtext.  Subtext so thick you could stir it with a spoon.  Let’s stick with the surface level interpretation of that phrase for today, shall we? The drawing of the lines around the Masked Eloi and the Maskless...

Island 19: A Tale of the Bermuda Triangle

Steer clear of that Jon Del Arroz fella – he is a bad influence. This time he tempted me into parting with my hard earned fiat money in pursuit of a grand old adventure story called Island 19: A Tale of the Bermuda Triangle.  You can back this project yourself over...

We Are Hama

Been thinking about this scene a lot lately. You know the one.  An old and senile king has been corrupted by his handler into thinking that the best thing to ever enter his throne room, a man in white, poses an existential threat to him.  They both thought the...

My Dog and My Gun

I mean, dogs can be very dangerous in the wrong hands.  So why do dog owners have more rights than gun owners?  I think we should bring the ownership laws of those two possessions into better alignment:...

Essentials of Fantasy

There aren’t any. Sure, there may be a pretty hefty list of really important books in the fantasy genre.  Books like Starship Troopers, Lord of the Rings, and Harrison Bergeron should be on everybody’s reading list, but the genre is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big...