Monthly Archives: October 2012

Three Short Reviews of Recently Read Books (October)

I’ve fallen behind a bit in my reviewing, with some ten books read as yet unreviewed. In an effort to catch up, I’m going to do write three short reviews here. It isn’t just a matter of catching up, the truth is books don’t always have a thousand word review in them, and who would… Read more »

Red Country by Joe Abercrombie

He caught Handsome’s wrist just as he pulled his axe free, wrenched it up and with the other hand snatched the knife from his fancy belt and rammed it in his groin, dragging up the blade, ripping him wide open, blood spraying the pair of them. And so goes Red Country. For those living under… Read more »

Publishing Rumors Abound!

Rumors surfaced today of a merger between Random House, the largest English-language trade book publisher in the world, and Penguin Books. HarperCollins is also being considered. The New York Times (blog) reported: Pearson, the British media conglomerate, said Thursday that it was in talks to combine its Penguin publishing house with Random House, owned by Bertelsmann… Read more »

God’s War by Kameron Hurley, a rewrite

As I’m hope most everyone is aware, A Dribble of Ink syndicates two of my reviews a month, usually with a new release on the first Tuesday and then an older title from my so-called back list. With Kameron Hurley final novel in her Bel Dame Apocrypha being released, I thought it would be appropriate… Read more »

Staffer’s Book Review Gets a Permanent Face Lift

Last month I moved my blog from Google Blogger to my own WordPress site here at At the time, I changed the look of the blog because I had to, but it wasn’t what I ultimately planned for the site. I quickly put my head down and got to work on what the kind… Read more »

Mage’s Blood by David Hair

David Hair’s first adult novel, Mage’s Blood, does a bit of hand waving. I’ll go into detail about it later, but suffice to say that he doesn’t think very far beyond the snapshot in time that contains his narrative. I’m also a little tired of the female character who sleeps around to gain an illusion… Read more »

The Constantine Affliction by T. Aaron Payton

The Constantine Affliction is easy one of the best titles Night Shade Books has published in 2012 and stands as an absolute best practices for the legion of writers currently writing in the urban fantasy and/or steampunk genres. T. Aaron Payton, or Tim Pratt as he’s more widely known, has given readers a reasonably well… Read more »

Cover Reveal: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

I met Brian McClellan last year at ConFusion in Detroit, Michigan. He was being shown the ropes by another Orbit author by the name of Brent Weeks. McClellan, a young guy and a former student of Brandon Sanderson’s at Brighan Young University, hadn’t quite yet finalized the details of his contract, so I didn’t get… Read more »

Entitlement is One Thing, Attempted Public Shaming is Another

Today, Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, a little blog that’s been around a lot longer than mine, posted a review of James S.A. Corey’s Caliban’s War. He begins his review with one of the most asinine first paragraph I’ve ever read: James S. A. Corey’s Leviathan Wakes was one of my favorite reads of 2011 and I was eager… Read more »

The Cassandra Project by Mike Resnick and Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt wrote a story for Lightspeed Magazine in 2010 titled ‘The Cassandra Project’. It features the same protagonist and concept as his new novel with Mike Resnick by the same title. The short, told in the first person as opposed to the third person used in the novel, would not be recommended reading prior… Read more »