BOOK REVIEW: From Sea to Stormy Sea

From Sea to Stormy Sea edited by Lawrence Block (Short Story Anthology, 2019). Lawrence Block, the best-selling and much-honored author of numerous crime novels and stories, turned anthologist a couple years back. The above title is the 3rd in a series of anthologies he’s edited. In each case, he’s used paintings by famous artists as […]

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REVIEWED: And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman. (Novella, 2015/2016). This little book (76 pages, which includes several outwardly simple yet very appropriate illustrations by Ella Laytham) is a heartrendingly beautiful and poignant mediation on losing a loved one to senility. I confess it got to me, bigtime. A series of quietly […]

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REVIEWED: The Wangs Vs. The World

The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang (Satirical Novel, 2016). A satire on family conflict and the materialistic side of the American Dream, this good first novel is about a Chinese-American family dealing with a sudden fall from economic grace, courtesy the Great Recession, circa 2008. Charles, the Wang family’s middle-aged patriarch, came to California […]

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Reviewed: FEAR ITSELF

Fear Itself: The Horror Fiction of Stephen King edited by Tim Underwood & Chuck Miller. (Nonfiction Anthology, 1982/1984). An interesting collection of insights into the horror master’s early career. There’s a warm yet probing introduction by novelist (and soon-to-be King collaborator) Peter Straub and a Foreword where King himself describes (in amusing and rather bemused […]

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Reviewed: THE LAST DAYS OF NEW PARIS

The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville (Surreal/SF novella, 2016). This novella is a masterful, one-of-a-kind blending of such unlikely elements as the surreal movement, semi-magical technology, the Nazi fascination with the occult and good old World War Two spy intrigue. Chapters go back and forth between a group of surrealist artists (most of […]

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October 6 at the Midway, Part 2

More chess matches! Debate about heavy metal covers. Walking sticks and homemade Roman sandals (complete with straps to wrap around the wearer’s legs). Ah, all parts of the fun strangeness that is the Shangri-La Coffee Lounge at Windber’s Fabled Grand Midway Hotel. And Blair is consulting with a regular attendee on cover art/design for his […]

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