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M*A*S*H – This television series was a constant on early evening television in the 70’s up through the early 80’s.  This article on Richard Hornberger discusses his role as a surgeon at a MASH unit during the Korean War and the book he wrote under the alias of Richard Hooker.  It seems that Hornberger didn’t […]

When Games Workshop hurled Warhammer Fantasy millennia into the future, into the Age of Sigmar, the controversial decision closed the book on one of the most beloved heroic fantasy series in recent memory. Dwarven Slayer Gotrek Gurnisson’s search for a heroic death on the battlefield ended in cataclysm—without his death or the epic song promised […]

My last trip to a used bookstore contained a surprise. While going through the general fiction section, I came across a copy of Gustav Hasford’s The Short-Timers, first paperback edition. I belong to a men’s adventure paperback group on social media and this book has been mentioned as not a an easy one to find. […]

A few weeks back, I mentioned that I had the anthology, Skull Full of Spurs on the way. It was the last of the weird western anthologies for me to read. I read it in a week which is a good speed with my schedule these days. Details: Published by Dark Highway Press in 2000. […]

The Sword of Kaigen, by M. L. Wang, is one of the most ambitious fantasies of the year, which in turns, becomes the novel’s main strength and weakness. Grounded heavily in the school of fantasy that depicts historical Earth cultures in new settings, clothes, and names, Sword draws upon meticulous research of feudal Japan and […]

With “Honor Flight“, P. A. Piatt reminds the world of the importance of the independent publishing movement.  It’s a solid adventure story in it’s own right, and it really deserves a proper review based on it’s own merits. We’re not going to do that. We can’t.  Not when there’s a big, fat elephant standing in the living room […]

Shelters for the Self is a book by James La Fond and your’s truly. I was fortunate to be asked by James (a Wargame Wednesday fan) to take a look at a transcription of an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) sailor’s diary drafted during the 1944 battle on Biak Island.  The original diary was lost and the typewritten transcription was […]

You just can’t go wrong with Glen Cook. Best known for his “Black Company” series of novels which are widely considered the fathers of modern grimdark fantasy, Glen Cook also has produced a string of solid sci-fi works that get a lot less press. His “The Dragon Never Sleeps” presents a convoluted space opera full […]

Tomorrow, Duel Visions, a  weird fiction / horror collaboration by two veterans of those genres, Louise Sorrensen and Misha Burnett will be released. For the title think dueling banjos. The authors went into this collaboration thinking it would be one of contrasting styles but found the end effect was one of synchronicity . Reading Misha’s […]

A couple weeks back, I was at the main library for the county and happened to notice a weird western anthology that I knew of but had not read was on the shelves. Dead Man’s Hand is a trade paperback edited by John Joseph Adams. Published by Titan Books in May 2014. A total of […]

Jay Allan’s Blood on the Stars series, of which The Grand Alliance is the eleventh book, is the heir to David Weber’s epic Honor Harrington series. High praise, to be sure, and a statement that sets high expectations for readers. This feat is even more impressive as Allan is not writing Hornblower in Space, yet […]

There must be more to life than mere survival.  Authors who neglect to provide a deeper meaning to the day-to-day struggle to survive in a hostile universe set themselves up to create the literary equivalent of a Michael Bey film: a lot of sound and thunder and flashing lights that signify nothing.  The journey might be exciting, […]