The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst (Contemporary Novel, 2017). This novel focuses on an multi-racial family struggling to deal with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The disaster exaggerates and forces them to confront underlying tensions and issues none of them are eager to admit to, let alone confront. Tess, the mother, is a wealthy white […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Floating World"
What Unites Us by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner (Political Essay Collection, 2017). This 274 page volume contains 15 essays by the veteran newsman (with the assistance of his longtime producer) on various aspects of today’s America. It also contains many interesting remembrances from Rather’s personal and career past that in some way relate to each […]Read more "REVIEWED: What Unites Us"
A Hiss Before Dying by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (Cat Detective Novel, 2017). Yes, our favorite feline co-author and her human helper are at it again. The title is, of course, a playful pun on a classic hardboiled mystery novel (shame on you for two weeks, if you can’t puzzle out which one). […]Read more "REVIEWED: A HISS BEFORE DYING"
Here’s the front and back covers of issue #3 of Skelos, a print magazine of weird fiction and fantasy. I’m proud to say I have work here–though my contribution is a mere book review article. But this one is chocked full of a wide range of fiction, poetry and nonfiction from such respected and award winning […]Read more "Skelos 3: Now available from Amazon Books!"
Endurance by Scott Kelly (and Margaret Lazarus Dean) (Memoir, 2017). In this book, veteran astronaut Scott Kelly tells his life story, with particular focus on his final space mission—-in which he and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko spent a record 340 days on the International Space Station. This was designed as a test of how such an […]Read more "REVIEWED: Endurance"
The Mysterious Private Thompson by Laura Leedy Gansler (Civil War History, 2017). This true story is a carefully researched and capably written book from the author of an earlier book acclaimed by the LA Times as a Best book of 2002. It’s the latest (and the most even-handed) effort to tell the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds, the […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Mysterious Private Thompson"
Here’s a first look at issue #3 of Skelos, a horror magazine that’s about to be published. I happen to have a book review in this issue. It’s just one of four different publications I either have work in right now or that I sold material to in the last two days! For some inexplicable reason, […]Read more "Still More Writing News!"
Outposts of Beyond, a quarterly science fiction magazine, has accepted a book review column of mine for their January 2018 issue. The review covers Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods, the first two novels in an ongoing series about aliens and gigantic robot war machines from Canadian author Sylvain Neuvel. Outposts of Beyond appears in both print and electronic form. […]Read more "Review Article Accepted for Publication"
The Great Rescue by Peter Hernon (War History, 2017). This book ably tells of an important but today little-known facet of America’s involvement in the First World War. When the massive struggle broke out, a number of civilian German ships found themselves stranded in ports around the then-neutral United States. This included the nearly-new luxury ocean […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Great Rescue"
Seasonably chilly night at the Grand Midway (tomorrow will be much colder, followed by more up/down days). Such is Windber in November (and most of the rest of the year). Anyway…tonight’s first movie is Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Two young regulars were, predictably, debating which of the movie’s several firearms and vehicles featured in the flick… Early […]Read more "COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: November 9, 2017"