North Men by John Haywood. (History, 2016). I don’t want to be snotty about it, but honesty demands that I say this straight out: In this book, John Haywood has managed the dubious and improbable feat of turning the story of the sprawling and dramatic, violent and complex heyday of the bold raiders we commonly call […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Northmen"
The Commodore by P.T. Deutermann. (Historical/War Novel, 2016). It’s 1942 and the US Navy is still frantically rebuilding its Pacific Fleet, less than a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. For now, their Japanese opponents have the upper-hand with more experienced officers and crews, and from sheer numbers of major warships. And yet, America has […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Commodore"
32 Cadillacs by Joe Gores (Crime Novel, 1992). I’ve been reviewing mostly recent publications of late, but what the heck–this is MY blog and I can review whatever I want. This one’s new to me, folks. Besides, even older and out-of-print/used books are easy enough to track down these days. Sooooo this time out I’m reviewing a […]Read more "REVIEWED: 32 Cadillacs"
Survivors Will Be Shot Again by Bill Crider. (Mystery Novel, 2016). I’m a late-comer to novelist Bill Crider’s work, but with this book you can count me as a new (if less than slavish) admirer. It seems he specializes in rural-Texas-based murder mysteries. It fact, this is the latest of over twenty novels centered around County […]Read more "REVIEWED: Survivors Will Be Shot Again"
The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. (SF Novel, 2014). This first novel is a good, adventuresome space opera. A bright young woman who now calls herself Rosemary Harper has fled her native Mars (escaping a scandal not of her making). She’s taken a job aboard the Wayfarer, a spaceship that travels the […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet"
The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith. (Historical Novel, 2016) This one–the latest from another of my favorite authors–is set in northern Italy in 1945, where the last remnants of Mussolini’s Fascist regime and their equally doomed Nazi overlords are preparing for a suicidal last stand (or maybe a desperate escape). Cenzo Vianello is a […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Girl From Venice"
Here’s the cover art for Fantasia Divinity Magazine issue #5 (December 2016). It’s just been released with six tales–including my story “The Spellweaver & The Once-Proud Prince.” You can buy a print copy (for $12.99) or the e-zine/kindle version (only 99 cents) from Amazon. It’ll be added to my Author Page (where you can find lots […]Read more "I’m Published in FANTASIA DIVINITY"
This is it, folks–almost certainly the last Shangri-La Coffee Lounge evening of 2016 at Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel. The night’s first movie… Very few people on hand so far.On to another comedy…. A few more stalwarts trickled in. Got to chat about old movies and TV shows with various people. Got a line on a […]Read more "December 1, 2016 at the Grand Midway"