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

The War at Home – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Battle Ground”

Cover Art for "Battle Ground". Available on Amazon When you look at Peace Talks and Battle Ground, they really aren’t two separate novels. Instead, they are a duology; two parts of the same story. Battle Ground picks up immediately after the end of Peace Talks and it rarely stops from beginning to end. If the … Continue reading The War at Home – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Battle Ground”

Peace Sells but No One’s Buying – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Peace Talks”

Book Cover for "Peace Talks". Available on Amazon When you’re Harry Dresden, life sometimes gets unnaturally ugly. And then there are times where it gets downright hostile. And then… there are times where everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series has been chugging along now for twenty years and … Continue reading Peace Sells but No One’s Buying – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Peace Talks”

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”