Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Magician King – Lev Grossman

Warning: I have never taken a comparative literature course.  This are merely my musings about a novel I very much enjoyed beyond the story.  It’s quite possible I have completely missed Grossman’s point.  It’s also possible I’m full of shit and committing intellectual masturbation.  Whatever – I was bored. To deconstruct something, literally, means to take it apart. In… Read more »

The Folding Knife – K.J. Parker

I started writing this review last week, but it just wasn’t coming together like I’d hoped.  With over 2,000 words written, I was approaching critical mass.  You see, The Folding Knife is not an easy book to review.  There’s a lot going on and it’s rather non-traditional for a fantasy novel in a lot of… Read more »

Interview with T.C. McCarthy: Debut Author of Germline

Germline is T.C. McCarthy’s debut novel from Orbit Books.  My review can be found here and I’m calling it my favorite debut of the year so far.  It’s due out in stores tomorrow July 26 and on August 1 in eBook format. War is Oscar Wendell’s ticket to greatness. A reporter for The Stars and Stripes, he… Read more »

Couple of eBook Bargains

I’m a sucker for eBook bargains. Earlier this month I posted some great deals from Orbit and Pyr, which I’ll reiterate below along with a “few” new ones.  I actually put a lot more effort into it this time around and there are a crap load of quality price-reduced offerings out there right now.  All the links… Read more »

Reality 36: A Richards and Klein Novel – Guy Haley

In the year 2069, the first true Artificial Intelligence is created.  Thirty years later the Class Fives are born, becoming the first fully self-aware AIs.  Along with their less advanced cousins, “Fives” become known as the Nuekind.  One of them is Richards, a private detective considered to be the most human of his kind.  Richards… Read more »

A Dance with Dragons – George R.R. Martin

I first read A Game of Thrones when I was a 16 year old high school student. My mother had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and who couldn’t use a little escapism at a time like that? A Clash of Kings was already on the shelves by then and I blew through them both…. Read more »

The Magicians – Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians has engendered no small amount of vitriol since its release two years ago.  I’m not sure there’s been a more divisive book released in recent memory.  Most of the negative comments seem to hover around the the novel’s bleakness and the notion that it’s extremely derivative.  Strangely enough, that’s why I like… Read more »

A Feast for Crows – George R.R. Martin

My re-read is complete as of Saturday afternoon – three days ahead of the release for A Dance with Dragons.  I immediately logged on to Amazon and pre-order Dance on my Kindle.  It will be delivered at 12:01 AM on Tuesday (I hope).  I may power through 100 pages or so before going to bed…. Read more »

Germline – T.C. McCarthy

Wow. Before I go any further into this review I want to be up front that I don’t really feel qualified to review or judge this novel until I read it a second time. Nevertheless, I’m going to give it my best go. Please consider this more of a “first impressions” review that some kind… Read more »

The Greyfriar – Clay and Susan Griffith

As I was nodding off last night to the thundering pops of at home fireworks outside my window (northeast D.C. thinks the 4th of July lasts for a week), I couldn’t get Disney’s Beauty and the Beast out of my head. Beautiful Belle is trapped in the Beast’s castle and held against her will. During her imprisonment… Read more »