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Secluded Shelf 5 — The 2015 Edition

The time has come for another new blog feature that promises to occur regularly, but could just as easily fall into the online trash can as prey to my capricious whim! Thus, without further delay, I present Secluded Shelf 5 — an annual list of 5 texts that I feel are criminally undervalued or have […]



Review: Wool Omnibus

Title: Wool Omnibus Author/Editor: Hugh Howey Review: Mixed opinions on this one. It’s difficult to commit far into the positive or negative end of the spectrum. I’m inclined to give it a dead-center rating. Maaaaybe just under center. I liked the first and second parts; thought the third was OK; and was quite ready to quit […]



Review: Perdido Street Station

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: Perdido Street Station Author/Editor: China Miéville Review:   This was a difficult book to rate. I had some up and down moments while reading it. Thankfully, I’d say the up outnumbered the down, which were much fewer. For the most part, I thought it was extremely inventive, original, and seeking to […]



Review: One Bedroom Apartment

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: One Bedroom Apartment Author/Editor: Ryan Sheffield Review:   Overall, I’d say this is a pretty decent collection, though I felt that the stories ran the gamut in terms of how arresting they were. The collection started off really powerfully, though I found each of the subsequent stories less powerful than the […]



Review: The Terror

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: The Terror Author/Editor: Dan Simmons Review:   I really enjoyed this book. It’s a great novel overall — outstanding, realistic details; a deep sense of dread. The inhospitable environment of the Arctic really brings out the possibilities for despair and desperation. The depictions of slow death by scurvy alone could qualify […]



The Dark Outside – Now Available!

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) It’s official, folks. My first collection of short fiction is now available for download through Smashwords. As mentioned in earlier posts, this ebook is licensed with Creative Commons, so it’s 100% free to download. Please head over and download a copy to read! It’s currently available in EPUB, MOBI, and […]



Review: The Art Forger

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: The Art Forger Author/Editor: B. A. Shapiro Review:   Art history meets Dan Brown. Or maybe John Grisham. I’m unsure. It’s one of those writers, or someone similar. Historical mysteries, ill-conceived heists, and courtroom shenanigans. The books feels like it wants to be all things to all people. Some drama, some […]



Publishing Choices and Proxy Dilemmas

After some time spent investigating options and some deep contemplation, I’ve decided to publish my first collection of work through Smashwords.com. Currently, I’m coding, testing, adjusting, and generally getting the ebook ready for public consumption. I’ll let you know when it’s available, and that should happen pretty soon. Now, it’s important to mention that, per my earlier […]



Review: Fashionable Nonsense

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: Fashionable Nonsense Author/Editor: Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont Review:   [Call it sloven or lazy, I am simply going to copy my own review from Goodreads into this section. So there.] To put it briefly, I think this book is doing something that is incredibly important, and should probably be read […]



Review: The Death of Bunny Munro

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: The Death of Bunny Munro Author/Editor: Nick Cave Review: This book left me with a very complex and conflicted set of reactions. Initially, I didn’t care for it. It seemed aimless, indulgent, and without any real purpose. And, after it seemed not to have any compunction about continuing in […]