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If you’ve read my review of NISIOISIN’s Bakemonogatari Part 01, you’ll know that I am not a fan of the story “Mayoi Snail.” Not only do I find it a slow story hobbled by Koyomi’s need to be clever and the long wait for Hitagi to return with the solution to Mayoi’s mystery, I have long grown […]

The action picks up right where The Lords of Creation left off.  Once again John C. Wright delivers a family drama and political thriller wrapped up in a far-future where the advanced tech borders on magic and the threats around the galactic corner are far worse than the threats from within the family tree. Perhaps […]

John C. Wright’s Superluminary: The Lords of Creation, recently published by Castalia House, makes most space opera look like space community theater. In a single lifetime, the solar system flourishes from dead planets, save our precious Earth, to a multitude of worlds.  Each major planet, worldlet, moon, and most of the larger satellites of the […]

The hero of Declan Finn’s “Hell Spawn”, Thomas Nolan, is kind of a goody-two shoes that has been granted supernatural powers to aid him in his day job as a detective for the NYPD. Although not officially recognized as a Living Saint by the Vatican – yet, this is book one of a series after […]

During a visit to the National Museum of Liechtenstein I saw an exhibition on Liechtenstein’s involvement in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, the subsequent end of compulsory military service and disbandment of the army in 1868.  While looking at the exhibition’s center piece group photo of the 1866 veteransI admit to having feelings of conceit […]

You never know what you will find at a Salvation Army store. I had a little luck a few months back when I found a hardback of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men $.50. I had seen the 2007 movie a few years back. Javier Bardem as the homicidal psychopath Anton Chigurh owned very […]

Don’t let the cover fool you, Choose Your Own Apocalypse won’t leave you flipping back and forth based on choices you make.   Presented by The Space Balrogs, a collective of science-fiction authors who pool their writing talents and marketing savvy, this book feels more like a sampler platter than a meal, and that’s not a […]

The Crusader Kingdoms made a pretty good go of things, and the success of heroes such as Godrey of Bouillon, Hugh the Great, and Bohemund of Taranto bought the stay-at-homes in Europe a few generations of relative safety from the relentless encroachment of the Muslim forces. By 1191, Saladin’s forces had delivered a crushing blow […]

At the end of the 1940s, photos emerge of Hermann Göring alive and well in Namibia. Fearing that her once Allies have stabbed her in the back, Great Britain sends secret agent Kathy Austin to Africa to investigate. She attempts to track down the photographer, but finds him murdered, along with several informants. Kathy tracks […]

The quaint notion of conspiracies composed of smoky rooms filled with shadowy old men playing Stromboli to the common man’s Pinocchio has been dealt a serious blow over the last few years. They mystery and danger of modern-day conspiracies has been ruined thanks to major media coverage of Hilary’s unsecured email server, Peter Strzok’s mincing […]

Apparently they do still make them like they used to, and the world is a better place for it. Fenton Wood’s debut novel, Pirates of the Electromagnetic Waves, does so many things right that it’s hard to knowing where to start a proper review.  The basic plot, “a small town boy named Philo, on the edge of his teen […]

In Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts, the celebrity chef and his co-writer, Joel Rose, combine three of Bourdain’s obsessions, food, storytelling, and the legends of Lafcadio Hearn’s Kwaidan, into an anthology homage to EC Comics’ classic horror comics. Despite the five recipes in the the extensive appendix, food here is a garnish, little more than a […]