Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life by Honoré de Balzac Review: A Classic Hot Mess

I am a fan of Balzac’s work since I read some of it in college, though I must admit my memory of the books of his I have read is sketchy at best. I picked up Scenes as one of those free books on Amazon and felt like rekindling my love of French naturalist lit […]

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December 13, 2018 at 11:00 pm

Book Reviews: Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd and The Return of the Native

There is a temptation by the modern reviewer of classical creative works to view those works with a somewhat jaundiced eye, seeing them through the lens of modern interpretations of morality, propriety and cultural mores. I have long fallen into this trap. My first impressions of most non-genre Victorian literature like Thomas Hardy or of […]

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July 29, 2018 at 6:42 pm

Two Halves Not a Whole: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson Book Review

Readers of this all too-infrequent blog will know that I am a huge fan of Neal Stephenson’s work, especially his seminal cyberpunk work Snow Crash as well as his more esoteric fare like Anathem. You’ll also note that I was not a huge fan of what I saw as the wasted potential of his last […]

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April 23, 2017 at 3:40 pm

Griftopia Review: You’ll Want to Punch a Kitten

Good non-fiction can often impart a wide-range of emotions to the reader and Matt Taibbi’s Griftopia is no exception. While the main emotion should likely be riot-inducing anger, I found myself alternately experiencing resigned disappointment as well as depression broken by gallows humor. Taibbi, a contributing editor of the magazine Rolling Stone has been writing […]

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November 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Dan O’ Brien Releases Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis

I  was contacted by fellow indie author Dan O’Brien about promoting his latest release, now available on Amazon’s Kindle Store. Called Mobsters, Monsters and Nazis, it is a collaboration between Dan O’Brien and Steve Ferchaud, who illustrated Conspirators of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collection Agency.

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November 1, 2014 at 12:02 am

Reamde by Neal Stephenson Review

I’m a huge fan of Neal Stephenson’s work. Snow Crash is one of those books that has had a huge effect on my own writing and remains one of my all-time favorite novels. In addition, I’m a longtime player of MMOG’s like the one Stephenson describes in this book, T’Rain. The concept of one of […]

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October 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

Web site for my new series is live!

It’s been nine months since I released The Long and the Short Swords and announced that I’d be taking a hiatus from the Bridge Chronicles. Now, I’m finally able to announce what I’ve been working on – The Stepping Stone Cycle. To celebrate the upcoming release of the first novella in my new cosmic horror […]

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November 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm

The Destiny Engine Book Review

When the author asked me via email to provide a cover blurb for his upcoming self-published novel, I was hesitant. For any who have read my reviews before, I am a brutally honest critic. Even when I pull punches, I have a tendency to be more brusque than many people are prepared to deal with. […]

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October 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Anathem by Neal Stephenson Book Review: Bloody Maths

Anathem by Neal Stephenson is the kind of brilliant book that nevertheless frustrates the reader constantly by being so utterly unapproachable. As a big fan of Stephenson’s, I gave this book a lot more chances than I might have had I not been familiar with the author’s work. It wanders from opaque to engage then back […]

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August 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm

King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard: Book Review

King Solomon’s Mines is the only book of the Alan Quatermain stories that I’ve ever read, despite knowing of the character from the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie and comic series. As a fan of the pulpy “Lost World” genre that this novel spawns, it’s amazing that I’ve waited this long in life to read […]

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May 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm