Historical Fantasy Story Released

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 […]

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REVIEWED: The Flame Bearer

The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell (Historical/Adventure Novel, 2016). Set in the year 917 AD, this one is the latest in a series of historical adventure novels from one of the field’s best-known and most successful authors. These “Saxon Tales” deal with the time when various Saxon Kingdoms were in the process of recapturing what would eventually […]

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REVIEWED: The Last Templar

The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury. (Novel, 2005). This 526-page adventure epic followed close on the heels of The Da Vinci Code and proved a bestseller in its own right. I wouldn’t quite call it a rip-off of Brown’s work, but there are conspicuous similarities: a seemingly mismatched pair of modern-day adventurers seek the truth behind a […]

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REVIEWED: The Northmen

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 […]

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April 28 Coffeehouse, Part 2

The Shangri-La proceeds…The SCA demonstration/talk was fascinating–medieval weapons, helmets, etc passed around; info on upcoming events (local and beyond) passed along; a couple videos of mock battles–all shown in the Grand Midway’s dining hall. Meanwhile, medieval-themed DVDs (EXCALIBUR just now) continue playing in the main coffee lounge. While I was taking in the presentation, it […]

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April 28 Coffee Lounge, PART ONE

The weekly Shangri-La Coffee Lounge at Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel is open! The 1st of Peter Jackson’s LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy is playing on the bar’s screen. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts coffee is brewed; there’s hot water for various teas. Blair has put out a special table of used books. There are usual assorted […]

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