Song of Echoes, by R.E. Palmer, is an epic fantasy with well-drawn characters and a classic feel. It starts off slowly but builds powerfully, its sympathetic characters operating in a beautifully-described landscape of rugged mountains and primoridal forests and swamps.
The Night Country, by the late Penn anthropologist Loren Eiseley, is a collection of fourteen essays united by the themes of nightime, darkness, or dreams. Some of the essays are memoir-ish, recollecting Eiseley’s strange and lonely childhood with a deaf mother and mostly absent… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Night Country”
I’m engaged in a project with my twelve-year old daughter to watch every single Twilight Zone episode and rank them. We watch and run them through a rubric to give them a score from 0 to 7. The episodes are graded in three categories:… Continue Reading “Ranking the Twilight Zone”
Myth and Storm is the second book in the Guilds of Ilbrea series by Megan O’Russell. I read the first one, Inker and Crown, a couple months ago and liked it enough to return for the second volume. If you recall, the book was… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Myth and Storm”
Since I had reviewed so many Bela Lugosi films lately, I thought I would tackle the time he appeared with Boris Karloff in a Frankenstein film, and got the better of him. I mean, sure Frankenstein’s monster is in this, but it’s Lugosi who… Continue Reading “Scary Movies: Son of Frankenstein”
Bottom of the Ninth, by Michael Shapiro, is about ex-Pirates/Cardinals/Dodgers manager Branch Rickey and his plan, starting in 1958, to create a new major league to compete with the existing National and Americal Leagues. HIs partner in this effort was New York attorney Bill… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Bottom of the Ninth: Branch Rickey, Casey Stengel, and the Daring Scheme to Save Baseball from Itself”
Fourteen-year-old Aku is learning the hard truth about being a king… When he must send off a ship called the Cloud Strider, newly-enthroned king Aku wishes he could join the crew. After all, they’re bound to experience an unparalleled adventure. The vessel of discovery… Continue Reading “Daughter Cloud Out Now!”
Are you tired of generic fantasy? Well, here’s a book that feels personal, a true expression of the author’s individual vision. The Guardian Forest, by Sandra Hunter, is a bit rough around the edges. To be honest, it could have used a pass by… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Guardian Forest”