Category Archives: fantasy

On My Bookshelf: Piranesi

Well, that was a fabulous read: Piranesi. One review cited the Stockholm Syndrome when discussing this book. I didn’t get that misreading of this novel. The reader joins a childlike first person narrator in a fantastical world that consists of … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Ten Thousand Doors Of January

Isn’t it a marvel to roll the dice on a first-time novelist and read something great? The title character (a young woman, not a month) surfaces in circa 1900 America with an ability to notice doors to other universes. What … Continue reading

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On My Tube: WandaVision

As opposed to my less than high regard for The Great, one new show I do enjoy is the latest offering in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Only three episodes have dropped as of this writing. My wife and daughter were more … Continue reading

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On The Tube: Twilight Zone

Over the past few weeks, I’ve crammed in the two seasons of the current reboot of The Twilight Zone. I confess I was too young to hang in for the original, and I’ve only caught the occasional episode over the years … Continue reading

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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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