On Reading and Writing and Other Bookish Things
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
-Stephen King

February 21, 2019

I loved the innovative approach the author took, presenting this history of Dark Age Britain as a series of literal journeys through the landscape. The language is beautiful, full of poetic eyewitness impressions of the locations he visits, along with tons of useful an...

February 18, 2019

Magic is forgetting the world was ever other than as you willed it.

I fell in love with Vasilisa Petrovna two years ago when I discovered her in the first book of Katherine Arden's Winternight Trilogy, The Bear in the Nightingale. Vasya, as her friends and family call h...

April 7, 2018

The latest of my occasional book reviews:

January 30, 2018

Yikes, it's been a while. 

(Knock. Knock.)

Anybody in there?

Hello from the frozen wastelands of South Louisiana. 

Ok, let's start over. 


It's winter and I miss the sun. These days it slinks low along the southern horizon, occasionally peeking over the tops of the tre...

June 11, 2016

I discovered these books because of the TV show.  Though the series has been ongoing since the early 90's and apparently has millions of devoted readers, somehow it never pinged my radar. That's one of the best things about books, though: you'll never get to the end of...

May 30, 2016

A major anxiety of mine (and, from what I've read, many other writers) is the fear of slowing down, of going long periods between having work published.  Partly this is a monetary thing (let's face it, when you're an artist, if you don't sell, you don't eat), but it's...

May 12, 2016

If you know my fiction, you know that I tend to bring a lot of personal baggage along for the ride, and my newest story, "Now Watch as Belinda Unmakes the World," which appears in the May, 2016 issue of Flash Fiction Online, is no different. While I haven't personally...

March 1, 2016

Over at Omnivoracious, Amazon’s book blog, reviewer Adrian Liang has a post titled “Science Fiction and Fantasy Series You Can’t Put Down.” The list has some good series on it, no doubt, but by far my favorite is Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series. Liang writes,



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