Category Archives: fantasy

On My Bookshelf: The Bees

What if religion were hard-wired into our physical being? To the point where sin or disobedience brought us the physical sensation of pain. Reader know I enjoy speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy both) because of the potential for sparking … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Day 2

  On facebook, no comment, just cover. Here, a few words. This was one of the four books I ordered at the end of eighth grade from our scholastic book service. Up to a few months prior, I never bought … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Wall Of Storms

The second book of Ken Liu’s fantasy epic has alternated between my bookshelf and my hands for the past week. It came out fourteen months ago, but since this isn’t a book blog as such, readers get my literary reviews … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: 3 Peculiars

After watching the movie and largely enjoying it, I looked forward to reading Ransom Riggs’ “trilogy” about the peculiar children. You may know the premise: the author has used unusual vintage photographs to fuel the details of a modern fantasy … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Women F/SF Authors

Sometimes I get surprised by authors at the early end of their career. Imperfections can be easily forgiven, especially for a new writer with something new to say or a different approach to something old. Becky Chambers’ debut novel The … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Sirius

Jonathan Crown’s 2014 first novel, translated into English has been on my bookshelf for a few weeks. This week I finished it. How would I describe the book? It’s a really good read. One reviewer called it “a beautiful fairy tale … Continue reading

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Peculiar Children On Film

My wife had an interesting justification for wrapping this film and affixing a “Santa” label on it for me. She said it reminded her of when she bought the first Harry Potter book for me at the turn of the … Continue reading

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More Grimm

Thirty episodes into viewing, I reviewed this show last month. Now I’m a bit into season 5. I have to give this program a solid B. It’s not without flaws. It’s also not without a devoted fandom. I haven’t hooked … Continue reading

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Grimm

My wife and I were surfing through various tv viewing options a few weeks ago. We ran across the first season of the NBC series Grimm and started watching. I don’t have confidence in major networks being able to do … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Eleanor

Booksellers and libraries in my area seem to promote authors in our region. This is a good thing. Feeling somewhat dissatisfied with the science fiction I’ve been attempting to swallow the past year, I turned to a volume my local library … Continue reading

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Alice, Loud and Bright

The young miss has a Johnny Depp thing. I don’t get it, but it’s rare for the three of us to get out to the movies, and Alice Through the Looking Glass was in the neighborhood, so … It was … Continue reading

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The Age of Adaline

My wife and I enjoy watching a film together. She leans to mystery and romance. I like science fiction and documentaries. But we certainly can enjoy a really good movie of any genre. The Age of Adaline is almost “really good.” … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Grace of Kings

I remember as a young teen coming to about forty pages from the end of The Fellowship of the Ring before realizing the book was coming to an end soon, and there weren’t enough pages to resolve the plot. So … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Three Fantasy Novels

Last month I found a Guy Gavriel Kay book labeled “science fiction.” The public library mislabeled; it is really a YA effort. Ysabel is a mystery novel with fantasy overtones. After I finished it, I remember reading somewhere that Mr Kay … Continue reading

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The Hobbit Films

My wife and I finally caught up with the last of the Hobbit trilogy as expanded and filmed by Peter Jackson. Having read the book, I thought I might have some idea of how things were going to turn out, … Continue reading

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