Firefly: Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove & Nancy Holder (SF/TV Series Tie-In Novel, November 2018). A cult classic TV series that infused future space adventure with thematic elements comparable to Wild West adventure, Firefly spawned a feature film that has achieved similar status. But only now have we begun to see tie-in novels. Big Damn Hero is the first, […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Firefly: Big Damn Hero"
Chaucer’s People by Liza Picard (Historical/Literary Nonfiction, American Edition 2019). Liza Picard has written a series of books on various aspects of English history. For her latest, published in England in 2017, with its American edition now out, she uses Geoffrey Chaucer’s best known work as a springboard into an entertaining and informative account of what […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Chaucer’s People"
Director George Miller makes a stunning return to his classic post-apocalyptic future series with Tom Hardy very ably filling the role Mel Gibson originated years ago. Miller also co-wrote this all-out, non-stop spectacle with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouvis. This time, a game and indomitable Charlize Theron provides the heroic loner with a fierce if sometimes reluctant […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: Mad Max, Fury Road (2015)"
The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo (Historical Fantasy Novel, October 2018). This involving novel takes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Washington Irving’s classic short story of love, jealousy and the supernatural, and simultaneously expands and re-imagines it with Katrina as the central character. As in the original, Katrina becomes the unwitting focal point […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel"
With the Grand Midway’s owner Blair Murphy out of town, your truly opened and ran the weekly coffeehouse at Windber’s fabled haunted hotel. We had a nice turnout from 6 till 9, then things slowed considerably for the last 2 hours. The turnout was mostly, but not entirely of regular attendees. A full-sized coffin, recently […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, September 13, 2018"
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (Literary Biography, 2017). This thick, detailed, well-written and insightful biography of one of American’s most beloved authors is already a Number One Best Seller, so my saying it’s deserving of a wide readership may be considered gilding the proverbial lilly. But what the heck? […]Read more "REVIEWED: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder"
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. (Historical Novel/Classic Literature, 1852). This anti-slavery epic from shortly before the American Civil War is of great historical significance (Lincoln himself claimed that it played a major part in bringing on the war itself). It was certainly in its time an influential and controversial book. Yet as a famous […]Read more "REVIEWED: Uncle Tom’s Cabin"