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Aeronaut’s Windlass

Aeronaut’s Windlass

By Jim Butcher. Aeronaut's Windlass. Great book. This is the first new fantasy book I've read in a long time that I genuinely enjoyed from page one to the finish. He created an imaginative, accessible world for this story. Solid, interesting characters that don't feel...

Under the Cushions

Under the Cushions

When was the last time you cleaned underneath your couch cushions? I did that today with our living room couch and what I found was pretty surprising. One of the items looked radioactive. I think I also found the missing link (that should make Richard Dawkins happy),...

The Beginner’s Guide to Escaping Dangerous Dates

The Beginner’s Guide to Escaping Dangerous Dates

I have not worked much on stories for quite some time now. Various reasons. Anyway, I recently wrote a humorous non-fiction book called The Beginner's Guide to Escaping Dangerous Dates. Mostly to check if I could still write. Jury remains out on that question. You can...

words and letters

words and letters

Did you know that lemon juice and bad spelling are quite similar? They both can render a torte tart. Though, lemon juice can make a tart tart, but bad spelling cannot. That is all. Carry on.

Birthday party bash

Old age has introduced new forms of despair in my life. Yes, I'm talking about birthday parties for kids. The kid birthday party concept needs reformation. The current model results in escalation a la the Cold War arms race. From my experience, this is how it goes....

Portrait of a Serial Killer

I suppose it's unavoidable that the majority of serial killer thrillers and mysteries tend to feature the same kind of killer: a depraved murdered with some variety of attendant twists (a fondness for eating his victims, turning their skin into lampshades, getting...

Volcanoes that are not Vesuvius

Thankfully, there are a lot of them. If one must give thanks for volcanoes, which I'm not sure is necessary. At any rate, we are off to Mt. Lassen soon. Volcanoes, bears, s'mores, large rodents, trails, kayaks, icy lakes, possible snow (so my eldest son tells me),...

An occasional, obligatory post for the NSA

To all the dozens (perhaps hundreds) of NSA employees reading my website regularly: Statistically, a majority of you are not regularly reading good books. This is due to several reasons: education, the condition of your moral code, bad habits, fatigue, etc. I would...

Fifty Shades Adaptive Fiction

What is adaptive fiction, you ask? It's when you take pre-existing works and adapt them to a new storyline, perhaps a new genre. You take them where they should've gone in the first place. Adaptive fiction is a subset of parody. Remember, though, parody is not always...

Presidential Elections and Anagrams

A lot of people vote based on what sorts of anagrams can be derived from a candidate's name. I often vote that way as it is more scientific than watching the news. This presidential election, according to the analysts in my research department, we have an odd...

Metal and Magic

I'm currently part of a multi-author boxset of epic fantasy called Metal and Magic. If you'd like a bunch of books about magic and adventure and all those sorts of things, give it a try! It's free! Get it before the world ends. The bundle has 6 books in it, including...

A Romantic Poem of Heartbreaking Beauty

I infrequently write romance. Pretty much never. Well, that's not true, as I have written three stories that classify as romances to some degree: Rosamonde, The Girl Next Door, and Ice and Fire. Compared to my other writing, though, fairly inconsequential. Sometimes,...

Tacky the Penguin!

Tacky the Penguin. What a great book. What a great series! I was initially introduced to these books by the fact I have small children. Otherwise, I would've gone my merry way through life, unaware of Tacky and his escapades. Isn't it interesting how marriage and...

We will all be gone

We will all be gone some day. That means the books we enjoy will no longer be read by us. Hopefully, another generation will read them. But maybe not. I consider that thought every once a while as I'm reading a story. "I'm reading this author's thoughts... long after...

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