Category Archives: Reviews

A Former Struggling Screenwriter Watches Knight of Cups, a Film About a Screenwriter

Because a friend thought it would be fun to watch a film about a screenwriter (Christian Bale) with a former screenwriter (me) and see how I would react: “Okay, no. Just no. First off, no screenwriter is this good-looking. And … Continue reading

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Three Nights of Ascension

It took a while, but I finally had enough free time to fire up the DVR and watch Syfy’s Ascension. The idea of a generation starship secretly launched during the Kennedy administration to preserve humanity on another world in case … Continue reading

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The Night the Nazis Came to Dinner

The Night the Nazis Came to Dinner by Sean McLachlan   The second story, “To End All Wars,” set in William Hope Hodgson’s Night Land and the longest of the four works presented here, is a five-star read. Moody, well-written, memorable, … Continue reading

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Awake in the Night Land

Awake in the Night Land by John C. Wright This is a book that simultaneously makes you want to give up on your own writing (because you know that you’ll never, ever be this good) but also write even more … Continue reading

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Interstellar

The single best thing about Interstellar is actually its idea that humanity is worth saving and not some evil, cancerous blight on the cosmos that must be renounced and left behind. It is the anti-Avatar, and has been badly needed. … Continue reading

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Manx Prize

Manx Prize by Laura Montgomery Montgomery takes all the strengths of The Sky Suspended—world-building, flesh-and-blood characterizations, intricate plot, great line-by-line writing, and an all-too-believable view of future bureaucracy—and puts them to work in a second novel every bit as good … Continue reading

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Fat White Vampire Otaku

Fat White Vampire Otaku by Andrew Fox   Andrew Fox has one of the most unique, off-the-wall voices of any writer alive. And to say I’m a fan is an understatement, given he’s the author not only of Fat White … Continue reading

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I Have Been Book Hauled!

Video blogger Ross Palmer-Willmott reviews Let No False Angels and five other worthy indie books. My part starts around 1:45. Thank you, Ross!

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The Sky Suspended

The Sky Suspended by Laura Montgomery   This book is unlike most others I’ve ever read. Humanity’s one and only starship returns after 30 years, but before we can spread to other worlds, ownership of the patent for the star … Continue reading

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Fresh Cut

Fresh Cut by Eve A. Floriste Dark memoirs of people dealing with early trauma and the bad decisions that follow later in life are a dime a dozen. This one works, though. The insider’s view of the flower shop industry … Continue reading

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