I’ve been a Terry Pratchett fan since high school and The Color of Magic. The scene where Death offers Rincewind a fast horse so he can make it to their scheduled meeting, will forever remain one of fantasy-humor’s Great Moments, and Pratchett’s wit only got sharper over the years. Unfortunately, to some degree, Terry Pratchett … More Getting Big Ideas
Riddle: Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down to a planet. Who dies before the commercial break? Answer: The red-shirted security guard standing behind them. Welcome to the life of redshirts. I didn’t expect to review another book so quickly after Down the Mysterly River, but then I found Redshirts. Have you ever finished a book … More Wearing a Red Shirt
“Max the Wolf was a wolf in exactly the same way that foothills are made up of real feet and a tiger shark is part tiger, which is to say, not at all.” As a writer, I sometimes find myself insanely jealous of another author’s ability to use words. On the other hand, when I … More Adventures in Dreamland
The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox (all three books, Bridge of Birds, The Story of The Stone, and Eight Skilled Gentlemen) is now available on Kindle for the low, low price of $10. Beat the drums, blow the horns, and make sacrifices to the Fortunes! And buy this now if you don’t … More I shall clasp my hands together and bow to the corners of the world.
Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson were serious writers of serious sci-fi, so I’ve always wondered if somebody lost a bet, or if they just got way too drunk at a convention and talked each other into it. The result was perhaps the funnest alien race ever. Picture teddy bears. Inhumanly tough and strong teddy … More Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery.
I hate Arthurian fantasy. Why? Because I love Camelot. Go read Le Morte de Arthur. Read Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Idylls of the King. Read T.H. White’s The Once and Future King. And you’re done; everything since has been a King-Arthur-with-a-twist or a flat-out deconstruction. Don’t get me started on the movies. So imagine my surprise … More The Celydonn Chronicles
My next Forgotten Book review is Bridge of Birds. It hasn’t been forgotten (it and its sequels have been re-released in a three-book volume) so much as criminally under-marketed. I first came across a reference to Master Li and Number Ten Ox in a book by Spider Robinson, The Free Lunch. Spider Robinson, a writer … More Bridge of Birds
Happy Easter everybody! In keeping with my commitment to begin with Forgotten Books, stories that were fresh, wonderful, ripping good reads from years gone by, that, for one reason or another, didn’t get the coverage I felt they deserved, I’ve decided to begin with an obscure novel, Illegal Aliens. Imagine this plot. Sadistic alien criminals … More Illegal Aliens