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”

The Heist from Hell – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Skin Game”

Jim Butcher's "Skin Game", available on Amazon By this point in The Dresden Files, Harry Dresden has been through more kinds of hell than most people see in their entire lifetimes. And that’s to be expected for a fictional character who is inhabiting an epic fantasy world like the Dresdenverse. But then you get to … Continue reading The Heist from Hell – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Skin Game”

Back from the Dead – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Cold Days”

Book cover for "Cold Days". Source What do you do when you’ve come back from the dead in the cold embrace of the wicked Queen of the Winter Fae? Well, if you’re Harry Dresden, you get tasked with killing an immortal. But not just any immortal. You get tasked with killing Maeve, the Winter Lady, … Continue reading Back from the Dead – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Cold Days”

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”

You Can’t Go Home Again – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Changes”

Book Cover for "Changes". Source. When Jim Butcher does wholesale change, he doesn’t mess around. Changes, the 12th novel of in The Dresden Files, is a book with twists aplenty and a story packing maximum emotional wallop. Many of the disparate threads from the previous 11 novels meet their end in this book. Like many … Continue reading You Can’t Go Home Again – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Changes”

Saving Javert – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Turn Coat”

Book Cover for "Turn Coat" When your most dogged detractor shows up at your door, half-dead, wrongfully accused, and asking for help, what would you do? If you’re Harry Dresden, you curse, take the poor bastard into your home, and you work his case. Turn Coat by Jim Butcher takes a few of the conventions … Continue reading Saving Javert – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Turn Coat”

Dealing with Hell – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Small Favor”

Book cover for "Small Favor" When a Fae Queen asks you to take on a favor, you just know nothing good is going to come of it. Especially not when it involves Johnny Marcone and the Denarians. Small Favor is the first novel where major shakeups begin in the Dresden universe. Nothing remains the same, … Continue reading Dealing with Hell – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Small Favor”