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”

His name is Kane – A Review of Karl Edward Wagner’s “Darkness Weaves”

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KAEXVQG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=thekingssquar-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00KAEXVQG&linkId=9d04ad3f7809e573f072aa9db9a42b84      As I read Karl Edward Wagner’s Darkness Weaves, I was struck by the familiarity of the setting. The pre-industrial (or possibly post-apocalyptic) world of Kane, the Mystic Swordsman, is classic sword and sorcery with malevolent witches, blood-soaked battles, and a plethora of anti-heroes. This is not “high fantasy” of the Tolkien or Brooks … Continue reading His name is Kane – A Review of Karl Edward Wagner’s “Darkness Weaves”

Coping with Loss – A Review of John Gunther’s “Death Be Not Proud”

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FODG03I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=thekingssquar-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01FODG03I&linkId=c9a988618f66fbf73af61ae87134d7c0 When a writer wants to tell the truth, they write fiction but when they want to tell a good story, they write nonfiction. A good story can be made of many parts, equal in measure to the subject on whom it is based. John Gunther’s "Death Be Not Proud" is a great story based … Continue reading Coping with Loss – A Review of John Gunther’s “Death Be Not Proud”

The Dead Hunt Us – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Dead Beat”

Cover Art for "Dead Beat" As Jim Butcher continues the Dresden series, the sensation of accumulated damage leading to massive shifts in the setting and characters are becoming more apparent. In "Dead Beat", Dresden is put into a position where compromise is essential for his survival. The plot of the novel is a step up … Continue reading The Dead Hunt Us – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Dead Beat”

Naughty Vacation – A Review of Selena Kitt’s “Babysitting the Baumgartners”

Warning: This is a review of an erotica novel. This is not a book I would recommend to anyone under the age of 18. Available on Amazon Sexual awakening is a tried and true fictional story. Romance novels and other literary works use it to great effect but the story is usually chaste. The consummation … Continue reading Naughty Vacation – A Review of Selena Kitt’s “Babysitting the Baumgartners”

Sexy Blood Magic – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Blood Rites”

Cover Art for "Blood Rites" Sexy vampires have been part of pop culture for the last 20-odd years. In literature, one could say Anne Rice began the trend of mixing eroticism into vampire storytelling. Later writers like Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlene Harris (of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series and The Southern Vampire Mysteries … Continue reading Sexy Blood Magic – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Blood Rites”

The Face of Evil – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Death Masks”

Book cover for "Death Masks" The nature of evil has proven to be excellent fodder for fiction since the inception of storytelling. Few villains ever see themselves as evil, unless purposely written as such by the author. What are often shown are rationalizations, half-truths, and misperceptions the villain uses as justification for their behavior. There … Continue reading The Face of Evil – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Death Masks”