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Lovecraft and the Archetypes of Horror

I’ve embarked on another modern English adaptation of an HP Lovecraft story, this time “The Shunned House” (the original is available for free from Project Gutenberg). The story, published after Lovecraft’s untimely death in 1937, is Lovecraft’s take on the … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Graveyard Book”

* * * B Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book” is a fun little fantasy novel about a boy who, after his family are slaughtered by the mysterious ‘man Jack’, is raised by the ghosts of the local graveyard. In the … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Skein of Lament”

* * * * A The second book of “The Braided Path” series by Chris Wooding, The Skein of Lament, is a rare sequel that I liked better than the first book. The series is a fantasy reminiscent of Robert Jordan’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Weavers of Saramyr”

* * * B The first book of “The Braided Path” series by Chris Wooding, The Weavers of Saramyr is a fantasy reminiscent of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. Set in an alien fantasy world (which has three moons), the … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Venom: Dark Origin”

* * C “Venom: Dark Origin” collects Zeb Wells’s five part origin story for Venom. I’m a fan of Venom. I like the idea of human/alien symbiosis. For example, star pilot Granger in Brian Stableford’s Hooded Swan books has a … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The King’s Blood”

* * * B The King’s Blood is Daniel Abraham’s sequel to “The Dragon’s Path”. It follows the characters from the first book: Cithrin, Marcus Wester, Gedar, and Dawson. Claire (Dawson’s wife) and Master Kit are added as viewpoint characters … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Dragon’s Path”

* * C The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham is endorsed by George R. R. Martin, and I can see why. It’s in the same “Sword and Palace Intrigue” subgenre of fantasy as Game of Thrones. The one major fantasy … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Prelude”

*  D Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Prelude is another anthology of GOTG stories, this time put together to promote the upcoming (at the time) film. There is no attempt to form a cohesive story in this book. The … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Eagle’s Gift”

* * C I really enjoyed Carlos Castaneda’s first two books, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge and  A Separate Reality: Further Conversations with Don Juan. Unfortunately, The Eagle’s Gift, Castaneda’s sixth book, is not nearly as good. Like … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers” (vol. 1)

* * * B I really enjoyed the first volume of GOTG: Cosmic Avengers, a team up where Iron Man joins the guardians. In this story, the Star Lord’s father is J’Son, the king of the Spartax galactic empire, and … Continue reading

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