This week’s coffeehouse coincided with the official opening of Windber’s annual Miner’s Memorial Days, which honors local history and always climaxes on Father’s Day (which is this Sunday). I approached the evening in a very good mood. Having one of my short stories being published (in a hardcover anthology of SF/F for kids) and a […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 13 June 2019"
Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (Crime Thriller, May 2019). Thomas Harris is most famed for creating Hannibal Lector, but we shouldn’t forget he also came up with the female FBI agent Clarice Starling. In his latest crime novel, Harris introduces us to another strong woman battling extreme evil. Cari Mora is a native of Columbia, beautiful […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Cari Mora"
Delta-V by Daniel Suarez (Hard SF Novel, 2019). Delta-V is a fine example of high-tech and relentlessly ‘hard science’ near-future adventure. Suarez portrays a variety of environments on earth and in space with consistently sure-handed and detailed writing. He does not skimp on human interactions or get so lost in the plot that characterization is neglected. He opens […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Delta-V"
The second weekly coffeehouse of the season at Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel was in many ways a disappointment. Attendance was well off from the previous week’s promising beginning, despite the presence of a handful of stalwart regulars. Yet there were some positive aspects worthy of mention. In honor of this week’s 50th anniversary of the […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: June 6, 2019"
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"
First an apology: I fully intended to post this recap of last Thursday’s coffeehouse within 24 hours of the event. Other factors intervened, some writer related (like the June 1st deadline on my bimonthly column for the PennWriter newsletter) or other more general life issues. Anyway……. The first coffeehouse of 2019 was, on the whole, […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 30 May 2019"
This film was “inspired by a true story,” which should clue you in that while dealing with some actual historical events many details have been fictionalized. There was indeed a black man who served seven different US Presidents as a White House butler. But his name wasn’t Cecil Gaines, he didn’t grow up on a […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: Lee Daniel’s The Butler (2013)"