Brazen by Loren D, Estleman (Mystery/Crime Novel, 2016). A much-honored writer in the mystery and western fiction genres, Loren Estleman’s latest ongoing series involves an amateur detective named Valentino. He works at UCLA as a film archivist and motion picture historian. He lives in a rundown former movie theater he’s slowly restoring and his obsession with […]Read more "REVIEWED: Brazen"
Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women by Marianne Monson. (Wild West History, 2016). The author of eight books for adults and children, Marianne Monson’s latest is a winning, respectful and fond (but never quite fawning) nonfiction account of the lives of a dozen wildly differing women (a couple still somewhat famous, others […]Read more "REVIEWED: Frontier Grit"
For Love and Glory by Poul Anderson. (SF Novel, 2003). Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was one of the last surviving Big Name Writers of that bunch of authors who gave the world the so-called Golden Age of Science Fiction. He was of the hard-science school of thought overall and won pretty much every award the field had […]Read more "REVIEWED: For love and Glory"
Ever After by Kim Harrison. (Urban Fantasy novel, 2013). Yep, here I am, as usual getting into an ongoing series long after its debut. In this case, Ever After was the 11th novel in Harrison’s Hollows urban fantasy cycle. Two later novels came out and there’s a graphic novel version, a short story collection, a couple prequels and probably […]Read more "REVIEWED: Ever After"
Bryant & May: Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler. (Detective/Mystery Novel, 2016). The latest book in this long-running series finds the allegedly elite team known as the Peculiar Crimes Unit headed for disaster. For all their past successes, they’ve always depended on aging detective Arthur Bryant’s eccentric brilliance, tempered by his steady partner John May, to solve […]Read more "REVIEWED: Bryant & May: Strange Tide"
Death of a Ghost by M.C. Beaton. (Mystery Novel, 2017). The above is the 33rd (!) Hamish Macbeth mystery novel by M.C. Beaton; the above is also the 1st of the series that I’ve read. The BBC did a series based on the books in the 1990s (which I’ve never seen, either). Coming in so late […]Read more "REVIEWED: Death of a Ghost"
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Myth-Based Story Collection, 2017). In his new book, the incomparable Neil Gaiman (a multiple award winner and best selling author in a variety of genres) faces the challenge of converting the often fragmentary surviving myths from the Viking Era into a series of connected short stories accessible to modern readers […]Read more "REVIEWED: Norse Mythology"
My latest fiction publication is a historical fantasy story, set in the medieval period (early 14th century) in part of what today is central Vietnam. Lots of magic, local color. It’s included in the SF/F magazine aimed at younger readers that you see above–FROSTFIRE WORLDS, February 2017 issue (Alban Lake Publishing). The magazine contains seven […]Read more "Historical Fantasy Story Released"
I Loved Her in the Movies by Robert J. Wagner and Scott Eyman. (Show Business Memoir, 2016). Now (as the Monty Python crew used to say) for something completely different! Now in his 80s, actor Robert Wagner has been in show business 65 years. Even earlier, living in California, he’d encountered movie people. The first ‘star’ […]Read more "REVIEWED: I Loved Her In The Movies"