My Library at LibraryThing Seven elements military Science Fiction should contain, from the perspective of a former servicewoman and lifelong SF reader. I read Best Military SF of the 20th Century because I was curious whether military SF worked well in the short form. The preface, by Harry Turtledove, was a historical perspective of […]
I’m behind on my reviews. It’s obvious when I look at my pile of already-read books on the corner of my desk. I pick up the oldest—when I suddenly realize that I read The Hunger Games before this one. The Hunger Games couldn’t be in this pile because it was the first e-book I got […]
Sometimes life swats you around and you don’t have time to update your blog. ‘Nuff said about my problems, which are nothing compared to Bob Howard’s issues in Stross’s The Fuller Memorandum. Bob Howard is your garden-variety drab IT professional—until he stumbles upon the truth: there really are Lovecraftian monsters out there in other dimensions. […]
Why start with the third novel in Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series? Well, it’s the best way to evaluate a series: how strong is the overall story, how complete is the world, how engaging are the characters, and how capable is the author (particularly with backstory)? In this case, Butcher excels in all areas. From […]
I’d never have wandered by this book in the bookstore (online or brick-and-morter). But I encountered this book in the strangest of places: on my mother’s kitchen counter. I stopped, in surprise, and picked it up. “Did you buy this?” I asked her. It looked to be mainstream with a horror bent, or just plain […]
The problem with short stories, both in reading them and trying to get them published, is that they’re so subjective. As they say about Beauty, Story and Character are also in the eye of the beholder.