Category Archives: Book Reviews

A Working Theory of Love, by Scott Hutchins

I take the novel workshop every time I go to the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference. Before it starts, I try to read a book by the instructor, so I can decide whether he or she has the chops to teach … Continue reading

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Here’s One Reason I Enjoy a Lee Child Book

I know I go on about Lee Childs and his fictional almost-super-hero character, Ramblin’ Man Jack Reacher. His plots go from implausible at best to outright ridiculous, and I don’t care. They are warm popcorn, coated in fresh melted butter, … Continue reading

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The Great Glass Sea; a Russian Novel Written by an American

I am recommending this book to a lot of people; The Great Glass Sea, by Josh Weil. It came out earlier this month, and it’s published by Grove Atlantic; available on Kindle as well as in paper. My experience with … Continue reading

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3 Capsule Reviews

A few capsule reviews of works I’ve read recently. Annihilation by Jeff Vendermeer: The master of mycology, the aficionado of fungus, the wallah of weird is back with Part One of his new trilogy. Vandermeer is not the King of … Continue reading

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The Things I’ve Liked

It looks like I’ve published 3 posts in a row about things that disappointed me, raising the inevitable question:  “Well, is there anything you’ve read lately that you have liked?” Well, yes. I’ve actually read more books I’ve liked than … Continue reading

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Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine

Lately, I’ve been wondering about Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. When I was a teenager, this was my favorite SF magazine and I read it regularly. I couldn’t help but notice that in this year’s Hugo and Nebula slates, F&SF … Continue reading

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The Sunless Sea by Anne Perry

A few weeks ago I posted a review of a John Connolly book I said disappointed me. Now I’m following that with a review of an Anne Perry book that disappointed me. Maybe I’m the problem. Anne Perry has several … Continue reading

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Living With a Wild God, by Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich wrote Nickeled and Dimed, the single best study of capitalism, working poverty and minimum wage ever published in this country, and which should be required reading for everybody. She also wrote a book about “positive thinking” and just … Continue reading

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Bad Men, by John Connolly

It’s rare that the Irish writer of dark thrillers, John Connolly, disappoints me. Bad Men might be the first time, now that I think about it. Published in 2004, this thriller is not part of the fallen angel Charlie Parker … Continue reading

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2014 Nebula; A Buffet of Tasty Novels to Choose From

The slate of nominees for the Nebula for Best Novel is a wildly varied group this year; in a way, a buffet of the SFF world in general. There is an internationally best-selling writer nominated, and two debut novelists. In … Continue reading

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