Books and Book Reviews

Book Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

Title: The Troop Author: Nick Cutter Publisher: Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) Format: Print Rating: 3 out of 5 Note: I was given an advanced review copy of this book by the publisher. Imagine the savage survivalism of Lord of…

Book Review: Blood: The Stuff of Life by Lawrence Hill

Title: Blood: The Stuff of Life Author: Lawrence Hill Publisher: House of Anansi Format: Print Rating: 3 out of 5 A few weeks ago I was in the hospital waiting for a doctor to examine my stomach and declare with…

Book Review: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Title: Till We Have Faces:  A Myth Retold Author: C.S. Lewis Publisher: N/A (pirated copy) Format: eBook Rating: 5 out of 5 Despite his importance to the fantasy genre, I’ve never been a big reader of C.S. Lewis. I read The…

Book Review: Hawkeye Vol 1: My Life as a Weapon

Title: Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon Author: Matt Fraction Illustrators: David Aja, Javier Pulido, and Alan Davis Format: Print Publisher: Marvel Rating: 3 out of 5 Despite my enjoyment of superhero-comic-inspired movies, I’m not a huge person for the comics…

Book Review: Machine of Death

Title: Machine of Death Editors: Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki ! Rating: 4 out of 5 Publisher: Bearstache Books Format: eBook A few months ago, I read submissions for Apex Publications’ upcoming Glitter & Mayhem anthology. Reading the…

Book Review: The Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells by Ben Bova

Title: The Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells Author: Ben Bova Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books Rating: 4 out of 5 Format: Print I’m going to out myself right now by revealing my lack of true geek cred: before I…

Book Review: Before and Afterlives by Christopher Barzak

Title: Before and Afterlives Author: Christopher Barzak Rating: 3 out of 5 Publisher: Lethe Press Format: eBook Note: I received a advance review copy of this book from the author. Before and Afterlives is my first exposure to Christopher Barzak’s…

My 2012 Hugo Award Nominations

Today was the deadline for this year’s Hugo Award nominations, so I finally got down to work and submitted my ballot. I’m not sufficiently knowledgeable of the field to submit nominations in every category, but I also wanted to talk…

What I read in February

Writing News Taking Tobin’s course in creative writing has really increased my confidence, and so I decided to try my hand at writing a few short stories (flash fiction, really) and entering them into contests. One of the contests is…

Book Review: Silent Girl by Tricia Dower

Title: Silent Girl Author: Tricia Dower Rating: 3 out of 5 Publisher: Inanna Publications Format: Print For a long time, I’ve dreamed about writing an anthology of stories told from the perspective of various female figures from classical mythology. I…