Category Archives: Literature

Horror Fiction as a Möbius Strip – Crabapples

Rob Watts‘  series, The Crooked Roads Through Cedar Grove is an ongoing project of  combination novellas/albums by writer/composer Rob Watts. Each of the four titles is to be released in a limited edition of 250 signed and numbered volumes available until all 250 are sold out. At the conclusion of all four books the author is planning to […]

Ready Player One Review

What does the world’s greatest video game designer do when he amasses a large fortune, builds a technological legacy, and has no heirs to leave it to? Create a video game contest, of course! Ready Player One by Ernest Cline sets the standard in using geek nostalgia to write a fun and engaging story.

Ray Bradbury – The Last Grand Master

The great authors of science fiction are often grouped into categories and historical time frames. First came the Innovators:  Jules Verne, Edgar Allan Poe, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. The next group are affectionately called the Grand Masters of Modern Science Fiction, a group that consists of four  amazing and talented men: Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac […]

Silver Vengeance by Kasey Shoemaker

  So here’s the story:  through no fault of anyone’s I got interrupted reading this book on 4 separate occasions and felt the need to retrace my steps when I started again. Why? It’s a complex read, and to give it justice you must immerse yourself in this reality. From the initial family turmoil, to […]

The Soul Collector by Tracy L. Carbone

When a young adult “horror” book crossed my path, I was concerned. As I finished it I was surprised, and most pleasantly so. This isn’t a horror book in any sense of the word. The Soul Collector is a book about an young girl, American Stonehenge, alien presence and (just for good measure) divorce. At […]

Feed by Mira Grant

I was a little leery about getting into this book, but I am so glad that I did. What a great zombie book! Instead of dealing with what happens when the zombie outbreak happens, its dealing with how people go on living when the outbreak is controlled but not gone, and it does it very, […]

Science Fiction Classic–A Canticle for Leibowitz (Part 2–Analysis)

In part one of my review of A Canticle for Leibowitz I provided a plot summary and pointed out how the story focused on the cyclical nature of history. Within that broad theme Miller looked at two more specific recurring conflicts–that of science and religion, and of Church and State, and did so in a […]

Science Fiction Classic–A Canticle for Leibowitz (Part 1–Summary)

In the process of writing my last article my mind wandered, as it is wont to do, down a myriad of paths suggested by what I was writing. One of those paths was the cyclical nature of end-of-world prophesies, which in turn reminded me of a classic genre piece that revolves around the cyclical nature […]

Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole by Kristi Peterson Schoonover

The subtitle of this book says it all: Tales from Haunted Disney World. Each of the the short stories ties into this theme. This book is hypnotic and in many ways it’s not what I expected (to be completely honest, I am not sure what I did expect given the title and concept). The stories […]

Blood Feud by Steven Roman – A Book Review

The Saga of Pandora Zwieback Everything you know is wrong. Thus is the life of Pandora, a delusional goth teen with severe antisocial tendencies and a history of  paranoid visions. She is exiled to upstate New York with her mother and estranged from her father,  the curator of Renfield’s House of Horrors, a NYC Paranormal Museum. Pan […]

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