Category Archives: Literature

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 […]

The Running Man

The Running Man introduces us to Ben Richards, a young man living in 2025 who has been blacklisted and can’t find a job. Growing more desperate, with a sick infant daughter and a wife to take care of, he goes to the headquarters of the Games Network in hopes of landing a spot in one […]

The Dragonslayer’s Sword by Resa Nelson – A Review

 In The Dragonslayer’s Sword, Resa Nelson has imagined a mysterious world full of fantasy and terror. She brings the reader in by abruptly dropping them into this world with  a frightened, disfigured, monster-child, Astrid, who is given away to a child seller  by her unknown parents to be disposed of. Astrid is the reader’s guide through […]

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Wow, Wow, Wow. This book was ridiculously good. This review has to start with that because it was my immediate feeling while reading and after reading.  Now, for the details. I picked up Ashes with almost no idea what it was about. From the cover and the little I had heard about it, I knew […]

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari is a good read, just not quite as good as I wanted it to be. It’s a typical post-apocalyptic story:  After massive flooding and a major virus wipe out most of the world’s  population, those who made it through are struggling to survive while mysterious “sweepers” try  to kidnap them. […]

Filling in the “Foundation” Series–The Second Foundation Trilogy

In a recent podcast guest Bill Walko commented he was looking for people interested in taking his characters and incorporating them into their own writing, a mindset unusual enough that it generated considerable discussion. That comment reminded me of a similar successful effort related to one of the all time great science fiction group of […]

Wil Wheaton’s Just A Geek Review

If there’s one type of story I love, it’s the type of story where the author is brutally honest with themselves, and is unafraid to speak their mind and to show their emotions whether they are good or bad. Wil Wheaton’s autobiography, Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and […]

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