Letters of Mass Construction

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

It is really hard to do something completely fresh and original in fantasy for me these days. I have been reading fantasy for a long time. I read a lot of books. So when something jumps out at me as different I tend to take notice. Three Parts Dead is… Read the Rest »

A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall

I like the sub-genre of grimdark fantasy. Right now I don’t think anyone is doing a better job of it than Joe Abercrombie. I had heard a lot of early positive things about A Crown for Cold Silver. I was looking forward to getting my hands on it and seeing… Read the Rest »

Pacific Fire by Greg van Eekhout

I was a big fan of California Bones by Greg van Eekhout. I like when books bring something new and interesting to the fantasy world and California Bones had that by the bucket loads. The magic system of consuming bones (and other body parts) to draw power is still fascinating…. Read the Rest »

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I usually read Neil Gaiman novels right when they come out but for some reason this time I waited. I wanted to save it for a time that I knew I could use a little boost. A little word magic and imagination endorphins. I don’t know why this was the… Read the Rest »

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

“You are lucky, Thorn. You are very lucky.” “Doubtless. Not every girl gets to be stabbed through the face.” I should just drop the mic and end the review with those quotes because honestly if those lines don’t intrigue you then this is not the book for you. Half the… Read the Rest »

California Bones by Greg van Eekhout

I should buy myself a rubber stamp with the word sucker on it. This way when I am looking at new books and say the words, urban fantasy, heist, alternate history, genre blending, fantasy, I can just stamp my head sucker and buy it. I don’t even really know how… Read the Rest »

Goodbye Ray

I waited a day to write this. I wanted a chance to really think about how I felt. Put into words what Ray Bradbury meant to me. A day didn’t help. I still feel a little sad. My words feel inadequate. I have had authors I really admired pass away… Read the Rest »

NY Times Getting Sexist On Game of Thrones

I wonder if Gina Bellafante woke up  this morning, had some coffee and a lovely breakfast. Then thought to herself, “Self, I think I shall write an enormously sexist review of Game of Thrones and piss off geek girls around the world.” If she did then congratulations on a job… Read the Rest »

I Am A Geek: A Tale of Redundancy

You know how you know your a geek? When you see an article online about a star going super nova and possibly allowing our skyline to have two suns in the year 2012. This then sends me scurrying all over the internet looking for other research confirming the science and… Read the Rest »

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