Author Archives: H.P.

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction).

Vintage SF Month: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

It is accepted that we live in an Early Dystopian State.  Claiming that we are merely decadent is what passes for optimism these days.  The real debate is not whether things are bad but over which dystopian novel best reflects … Continue reading

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The Lions of Al-Rassan is the Rare Single-Volume Epic

Guy Gavriel Kay has given us a true epic in a single volume in The Lions of Al-Rassan.  It is a thinly veiled retelling of El Cid and the Reconquista, albeit altered and compressed (the reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula … Continue reading

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Vintage SF Month: Return to Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

My journey through Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom novels (and my Vintage SF Month 2021) continues with Return to Mars.  Return to Mars collects Barsoom books 4-6: Thuvia, Maid of Mars; The Chessmen of Mars; and The Mastermind of Mars.  The … Continue reading

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December 2020 Month-in-Review and 2020 Year-in-Review

That . . . was a crazy year.  Not just in the news, with the pandemic and the U.S. presidential election and dozens of events in between that would be worth mentioning in any other year.  It was also a … Continue reading

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Vintage SF Month: Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp

Like New Year’s resolutions, Vintage Science Fiction Month ideally should be started in December.  First up for me is a review of L. Sprague de Camp’s Lest Darkness Fall. They had me at double-entry accounting.  Seriously.  The entire reason I … Continue reading

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Rereading The Great Hunt, chapters 33-36

In which Machin Shin is waiting at Lord Barthanes manor and at Stedding Tsofu (and Rand learns Padan Fain will be waiting for him at Toman Head), Thom faces another tragedy, Fain delivers the Horn to the High Lord Turak, … Continue reading

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The Whiskey and Book Club ep. 2 with Jim Cornelius from Frontier Partisans

Originally posted on Hillbilly Highways:
It has been a cruel eight months of waiting, but our long national nightmare is finally over—episode two of the Whiskey and Book Club is up at YouTube.  Joining me for the second episode of…

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The Blade Itself is a Third of a Very Good Book

Joe Abercrombie wrote what is perhaps the landmark initial work in the “grimdark” subgenre in The Blade Itself (especially if you refuse to count A Song of Ice and Fire as grimdark, although I have always found that argument very … Continue reading

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November 2020 Month-in-Review

The pandemic continues to rage, but my life finally regained some level of normalcy in November.  My wife and daughter rejoined Strider and I (experiencing the joy of sharing one bathroom for the week we spent in my apartment).  We … Continue reading

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You Know What Epic Fantasy Needs More Of? Giants

There is a temptation during hard times to turn to comfort food.  Both when it comes to actual food and when it comes to reading material.  I cut my teeth as a fantasy reader with Tolkien and Jordan and innumerable … Continue reading

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