This is a series of reviews of my favorite books published between 2010 and 2019. These are shorter reviews of good reads published in 2015. The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (2015) This novel follows two characters--only slightly connected--who are both from Oklahoma City and are both struggling to get past unresolved mysteries from … Continue reading Favorite Books of the 2010s: Quick Takes of 2015 Novels
This is a series of reviews of my favorite books published between 2010 and 2019. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (2012) Is there a genre for nerdy guy chick-lit? Because that's what this is, basically. And it's well done for what it is: light-hearted, optimistic, fun. In tone and in its obvious reverence for … Continue reading Favorite Books of the 2010s: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
This is a series of reviews of my favorite books published between 2010 and 2019. These are shorter reviews of good reads published in 2011. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt (2011) The notorious hired killers, the Sisters brothers, set out on one last job to track down and kill a gold miner and … Continue reading Favorite Books of the 2010s: Quick Takes of 2011 Novels
Happy new year! I have decided that 2016 is the year of not giving a fuck. And yes, there is a book for that. Here's a fresh roundup of links for your reading pleasure. Those books that we buy and then pile up on our shelves, unread? There is a word for that. Rebecca Solnit, … Continue reading Links for readers…
Unexpected Stories by Octavia Butler, two never-before-published short stories available only as an ebook, is recommended for fans of Butler and fans of well-written fantasy shorts.
This is another entry in my ongoing series identifying common problems in self-published novels. As a writer, you've got a terrific idea for an alien planet, a fantasy world or a dystopian future. You've worked out all the details, and you just know that no other writer has come up with something this creative or … Continue reading Watch out, that writer’s taking an info-dump!
The kind of fiction I like to read the most, and that I tend to focus on here, falls under the broad umbrella of "speculative fiction." I've never been entirely comfortable with the traditional genre labels of science fiction, fantasy and horror. The definitions that are most often applied to these genres seem so limiting, … Continue reading What is speculative fiction?