Monthly Archives: June 2013

Chapter 19 of Martha’s Children, and the Vampire Bureau star design

WARNING! This post actually says something about this chapter! “I never did repent for doing good,” but in chapter 19 of Martha’s Children, it seems no good deed goes unpunished. The intrusion of sorcerers into the affairs of the would-be vampire … Continue reading

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Priscilla’s lament

I rise, I walk, I do my job. I will not see the spring. I eat, I drink, I meet my friends. I will not see the spring. The brown leaves fall as I walk by. I will not see … Continue reading

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Chapter 18 of Martha’s Children, and time travel

In the last episode, Sherlock Kammen got ventilated, by bullets, that is, so we need a new narrator. Sally Truax, Internal Affairs’s finest, steps up to the plate to tell us what happened after she shot up her sometime lover, … Continue reading

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A short story, “The Misplaced Voyage”

One hundred and nine years have passed in the Sillyverse since Rebecca Farnsworth Maxwell wielded her magical walking stick in The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge. It is 1995, and Geoffrey MacAlpine, Professor of Magic and Occult Studies, is bringing two of … Continue reading

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Chapter 17 of Martha’s Children, and the Walker Report

In “To unburden all my plots and purposes,” chapter 17 of Martha’s Children, Sherlock Kammen finds out more about how Martha and sorcerers may affect his chances to get back on the police force. And for all you women’s libbers, as … Continue reading

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You’ll be missed, Iain (M.) Banks

Just saw the news this morning about the death of Iain Banks yesterday, at age 59 (1954-2013). Banks was one of the living science fiction writers I wanted to meet; now I’ll never have the chance. And we won’t see … Continue reading

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Chapter 16 of Martha’s Children, and hierarchies

In chapter 16 of Martha’s Children, “The shadowed livery of the burnished sun,” ex-cop and vampire Sherlock Kammen gets down to the business of helping to build what will become Chicago’s vampire police, if all goes well. There’s no blueprint; Ned … Continue reading

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