Book Review: Dreamsnake

Book Review: Dreamsnake

by Part of my quest to read all of the Hugo and Nebula novel winners. This book won both in 1979. So I’m pretty tired of the whole post-nuclear holocaust theme. Post any holocaust, really, but Dreamsnake worked for me. Points for a well written, strong female lead in 1978. Points for a well thought …

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Error Code: -72

Error Code: -72

by I’ve started making story submissions again. Rejections are a part of that. A big part. And sometimes, they’re because you screw something up that isn’t even related to the story itself. I made a rookie mistake yesterday on one submission, spending the time to adjust the manuscript formatting to match the requirements of the …

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Book Review: Into a Dark Realm

Book Review: Into a Dark Realm

by Book two of the Darkwar trilogy, which I plan to read all of this year, just not in a row. A middle book, according to common wisdom, often has issues. I’m not sure if all of the issues I had with this story are the standard ones projected for a middle book, but they …

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Book Review: Our Lady of Darkness

Book Review: Our Lady of Darkness

by Part of my quest to read all of the World Fantasy Award novel winners. This book won in 1978. Meh. I spent a lot of this book waiting for something to happen. I spent even more of it waiting for that to be something with a speculative bent. All I had up until the last …

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Book Review: Storm Dancer

Book Review: Storm Dancer

by I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. Steampunk isn’t my thing, whether or not it’s got a flavor I don’t usually get in my fantasy. Steampunk with a Fantasy bent doesn’t help much because it’s still Steampunk. But I’m trying to push boundaries in the fiction I read, to …

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Book Review: The Dwarves

Book Review: The Dwarves

by There are a lot of standard tropes and clichés here, Tolkien-esque fantasy seen through a continental lens and translated back into English for North American consumption. In fact, the farther I got into the book, the more it read like the novelization of someone’s RPG campaign where the events just get more and more …

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Book Review: Gateway

Book Review: Gateway

by Part of my quest to read all of the Hugo and Nebula novel winners. This book won both in 1978. Most of the time, I hate it when part of a story is told in a later timeframe, especially when that later timeframe makes it clear the main character survived to live a long …

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Year of Celebration – July 2017

Year of Celebration – July 2017

by The Year of Celebration Continues! July has some odd and interesting holidays and awareness days. Plus one or two things that are a little more personal. Here’s what I’m celebrating in July.   01 July – Canada Day (and Canada is 150) So it’s Canada’s 150th birthday this year. On this day in 1867, …

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