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”

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”

Childhood Wonder and Terror – A Review of “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

As a child, the world can be filled with wonders and terrors in equal measure. When an adult recalls their childhood there’s a haze over the recollections, a thick mist where only specific memories can be discerned but not with perfect clarity. The memory of a man as a boy serves as a starting point … Continue reading Childhood Wonder and Terror – A Review of “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

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”

Dirty Harry Strikes Back – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “White Night”

Book Cover for White Night By the time the audience meets Harry Dresden in White Night, the 9th book in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, our hero has been exposed to nightmares galore. Combine the events of the previous books with the seductive whisperings of a Fallen Angel and the recipe for breaking the hero … Continue reading Dirty Harry Strikes Back – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “White Night”

Honor Before Reason – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Proven Guilty”

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/514px9CjmgL.SX316_BO1,204,203,200.jpg Cover Art for "Proven Guilty" In Harry Dresden’s world, the good guys usually win. Winning doesn’t always entail victory, though. Over the course of the previous seven books it can be said that Dresden has only had 4 clean victories by the end of a given novel. The other three are arguably pyrrhic victories, … Continue reading Honor Before Reason – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Proven Guilty”