Bound in Fetish Tape

Sometimes, I need to fuss over a small issue. I can’t help myself; it’s in my nature. I regularly listen to the podcast 99% Invisible. It’s a great show — well-produced, with a wide array of interesting, design-related topics. I recommend listening. The other day, I caught their episode on Nick Drake and his music. […]

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 […]

Against Confirmation Bias

It’s not often that I actively catch myself in a moment where, were I not paying attention, my brain could veer off along a poorly-conceived line of thinking. Since I did happen to notice that happening recently, I thought I’d share the anecdote and elaborate a bit on why I feel it important to share. […]

Review: Against the Workshop

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: Against the Workshop Author/Editor: Anis Shivani Review:  This book, and my subsequent reaction to it, came as a bit of a surprise. I decided to read it, thinking that the author’s approach/opinion would resonate with me. Surprisingly, it didn’t. At all. I found myself disagreeing strongly with a lot […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011 Author/Editor: Paula Guran Review: I’m not going to lie to you: the first thing that grabbed me about this book was that cover. Look at it over there…so very well-designed. I knew — from the moment it first uploaded to my […]