Category Archives: Book Reviews

Review of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Typhoon by Wes Chu

I have long been a fan of the comics and watcher of the show, but I haven’t yet dived into any of The Walking Dead novels.  But with an impending trip to China and a good experience with Chu’s Lives … Continue reading

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SF: Harlan County Horrors, edited by Mari Adkins

Originally posted on Hillbilly Highways:
Over the course of a life hard lived, the minder and the town and the mountain became as one, and no one ever left Harlan alive. Country noir fits easily with horror.  What is scarier…

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Robert Jordan’s Warrior of the Altaii Foreshadows The Wheel of Time More Than His Conan Pastiches

Decades ago James Oliver Rigney Jr. wrote a book.  That book allowed him to break into the publishing industry.  He sold it several times.  It established his working relationship with Harriet McDougal, who would become his wife.  It led to … Continue reading

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Review of Dark Forge by Miles Cameron

How is it that Miles Cameron keeps impressing me more with each book?  The Traitor Son Cycle is one of my favorite fantasy series of all time.  After Dark Forge, I already think Cameron may surpass it with his Masters … Continue reading

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SF: Desper Hollow by Elizabeth Massie

Originally posted on Hillbilly Highways:
Just a couple of weeks ago I was talking about how a crime story fit uneasily into a second-world fantasy shell.  A country noir shell, on the other hand, is an excellent fit for any…

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Spooky Country Noir Reads

Originally posted on Hillbilly Highways:
I did not move this far north to deal with near 90 degree temps in September.  I love the fall, and that means crisp temps, college football, and . . . Halloween.  And, for me,…

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The Harp of Kings is a character-driven, Celtic fantasy

“A person can never hear too many tales.  Tales are like honey cakes.  Once you have tasted one, you want another, and another, and always more.” There is a rich vein of Celtic history and mythology that runs from The … Continue reading

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