Review of Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land”

Book Cover for "Stranger in a Strange Land" Religion and sexuality are two of the most difficult subjects to engage as a writer. Regardless of the writer’s intentions, someone is going to be deeply offended or challenged, probably both. Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land seeks to both offend and challenge. Heinlein uses the … Continue reading Review of Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land”

Still Foolin’ Em: Billy Crystal at his Best

Book Cover for Still Foolin' 'Em Comedy is often built on tragedy. Memoirs are a form of literature that often mines a person’s tragedy to create universal feelings in the reader. Billy Crystal’s Still Foolin’ Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys is a brilliant memoir from a … Continue reading Still Foolin’ Em: Billy Crystal at his Best

The Horrible Childhood of a Pulp Icon – Review of “Ham on Rye” by Charles Bukowski

Book Cover for "Ham on Rye" Source Horror stories often involve the supernatural or the extra-ordinary. Often times the only mundane subjects in such stories are the principal characters, generally mortal men and women bereft in a world that once made perfect sense. But what if the world never made sense? What if the horror … Continue reading The Horrible Childhood of a Pulp Icon – Review of “Ham on Rye” by Charles Bukowski

In the Aftermath – Review of “Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse”

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse book cover. Available on Amazon Anthology books can often be a tough read because the tone can shift sharply from one author to the next. The editor of an anthology shares in my mind the majority of the responsibility for the success or failure of the collection. Add to this … Continue reading In the Aftermath – Review of “Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse”

Giving Up the Ghost – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Ghost Story”

Source. When you’ve taken the titanic leap of killing your main character off at the end of your previous novel, what more can you do? If you’re Jim Butcher, you have the wizard detective try to solve his own death as a ghost. Perhaps the strangest of the novels in The Dresden Files series, Ghost … Continue reading Giving Up the Ghost – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Ghost Story”

Beauty Through Pain – Review of A.M. Aylward’s “Displaced Egos”

When personal pain can be transformed into beautiful work, that is my definition of “art”. The collection of poems found in “Displaced Egos” by A.M. Aylward carries the writer’s pain simultaneously like a thick overcoat but underneath that coat is poignancy, grace and reclaimed power. Poetry, as an artform, is deeply personal and in many … Continue reading Beauty Through Pain – Review of A.M. Aylward’s “Displaced Egos”

Love, Sex, and Metal – Review of Meg LaTorre’s “The Cyborg Tinkerer”

Book Cover for "The Cyborg Tinkerer" The most interesting thing I can say about Meg LaTorre’s debut novel “The Cyborg Tinkerer” is that it was an unexpected pleasure to read. This isn’t a criticism of LaTorre’s marketing of the book, which was ubiquitous on her Youtube Channel IWriterly or her blog, which can be found … Continue reading Love, Sex, and Metal – Review of Meg LaTorre’s “The Cyborg Tinkerer”

Reality Bends – A Review of Philip K. Dick’s “A Scanner Darkly”

First Edition Cover for "A Scanner Darkly". Source      When one reads any story written by Philip K. Dick, one expects certain themes and situations to appear. An example would be the question: What constitutes reality? In A Scanner Darkly, Dick uses drug culture and the often-debilitating effects of drug abuse to take the reader … Continue reading Reality Bends – A Review of Philip K. Dick’s “A Scanner Darkly”

Joy in the Darkness – A Review of Steve Martin’s “Born Standing Up”

Cover for "Born Standing Up". Source “If light is thrown on the audience, they don’t laugh…”Steve Martin, "Born Standing Up" Reading a book is a solitary exercise. Sometimes we don’t want others to know what we’re reading or the reasons we’re reading something. Writing is also a solitary exercise for the inverse of those reasons. … Continue reading Joy in the Darkness – A Review of Steve Martin’s “Born Standing Up”

The Winter of Faith – A Review of Bob Seidensticker’s “A Modern Christmas Carol”

I ran across an article on one of my favorite blogs that highlighted this book. A Modern Christmas Carol by Bob Seidensticker is a retelling of Dicken’s classic with an atheist twist to the story. It’s an independent novella and I’m all for stepping outside of the major publishers’ circles. As an added bonus, it’s … Continue reading The Winter of Faith – A Review of Bob Seidensticker’s “A Modern Christmas Carol”