I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey Into the Mind of Philip K. Dick by Emmanuel Carrère #FridayReads

I had this book sitting in my Amazon wish list for years before I realized that the library owns a copy. Here’s what I can tell you about it from my vantage point at the halfway mark: it’s good. Really good. It’s one of the more absorbing and readable biographies that I’ve encountered. Instead of giving an academic, Continue Reading →

We Have Always Fought: Essays on Craft, Fiction and Fandom by Kameron Hurley #FridayReads

We Have Always Fought by Kameron Hurley

Today’s Friday Reads book is a collection of recent essays and blog posts by Kameron Hurley. The title essay of this collection, “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative” is nominated for this year’s Hugo award for Best Related Work. Its nomination brought me to discover this ebook. The essays are divided Continue Reading →

Forthcoming books that I can’t wait to read

Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer

August is almost here. It’s hard to believe, but we’re past the halfway mark of this year. While I have read a ton of good books during the last seven months (the full details of which are available on my GoodReads page), there are always books coming up on the horizon, books that I just can’t wait Continue Reading →

Uncanny and Women Destroy Science Fiction have made my day!

Lightspeed's Women Destroy Science Fiction

Even though I really should have waited until after payday, I spent money on two awesome science fiction/fantasy publications today, surprising no one who knows me. The first is Lightspeed magazine’s June 2014 special anniversary issue, Women Destroy Science Fiction, which is entirely written and edited by women. I first heard about it back when the Continue Reading →

Review of Mutants and Mystics by Jeffrey J. Kripal

I don’t know where to begin with this fascinating book. First, this is the quintessential non-ebook. The design elements, color plates, and the thick, creamy pages, sewn into a rich cloth-bound book makes this a pleasure to hold in the hand. If you read this on an e-reader, I weep for you. As far as Continue Reading →

The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher #FridayReads

The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher

I’m about a quarter of the way into the immensely enjoyable book The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher.  Since I’m still not finished, I hesitate to write anything that might be mistaken for a review.   It’s Friday Reads day, though, and this is the book that I’m currently reading.  We’ll have to make the best of it, Continue Reading →

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

It’s a bit embarrassing to be a SF fan and admit this in public, but it’s time to face facts: superhero novels just aren’t my bag. I have enjoyed superhero short fiction, comics, and films, but even the excellently written Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson couldn’t keep my attention.  Finally: here’s proof that it’s not the Continue Reading →