Monthly Archives: July 2018

Six-Gun Tarot is a First Rate Genre-Bender

R.S. Belcher’s The Six-Gun Tarot is a great novel hampered by a classic first novel problem—it is too ambitious and tries to do far too much.  For a single novel checking in at under 400 pages, Belcher draws in elements … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loconte

Joseph Loconte’s book may not have the erudition of the work of a Tom Shippey or a John D. Rateliff, but A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War may be my favorite work on nonfiction on Tolkien.  It is a … Continue reading

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Of Librarians, Guardians, and Gatekeepers

Here at Every Day Should Be Tuesday I have a little tradition.  Every Monday night I put my daughter to bed, pour myself a drink, think about finally writing my review of Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer, and then write something else … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: War in Middle Earth Computer Game

The work of J.R.R. Tolkien managed to produce one of my three favorite strategy games of all-time—1988’s War in Middle Earth (the other two are Fantasy Empires (1993) and Sword of the Samurai (1989)).  I burned many, many hours playing … Continue reading

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Why I Will Be Tagging Authors in my Reviews

A frequent admonition is circulated around Twitter: Don’t tag authors in Tweets linking to negative reviews.  I have boosted the signal for that message myself, and on more than one occasion.  But you know what?  That’s bullshit.  I’m through giving … Continue reading

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Music Monday: The Last of My Kind by Jason Isbell

Originally posted on Hillbilly Highways:
I know I could have gone with the better known song, Elephant.  Believe me, I’ll get to it.  But this is the one that gives me a pain down deep in my gut (like Tim…

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Tolkien 101: The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski

At some point even a “101” look at Tolkien has to consider the other Inklings.  I had read both the fiction and nonfiction of C.S. Lewis, but The Fellowship was the first book I read to really cover the other … Continue reading

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