Category Archives: Reading fiction

Books of wonder: reviewing Ice and Picnic at Hanging Rock

There are stupid ideas. And I had one. Why not review two genre-bending works of fiction, both by female British Commonwealth authors, both published in 1967? Won’t the comparisons be fun and informative? And so I sat down to read … Continue reading

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Review: uncertain narrators in horror: novels by Hogg and Tryon

We tend to think of the unreliable narrator as a 20th century development. The unreliable narrator rejects the apparent objectivity of the omniscient narrator so beloved by the Victorians, warning us that all knowledge is subjective, all stories told from … Continue reading

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Future imperfect: reviewing the original Buck Rogers stories

Of recent years, there have been complaints that science fiction is moving away from its roots, that it is less about heroic space opera and more about squishy liberal notions. This controversy has even upset the Hugo Awards. So I … Continue reading

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Going back into time for historical fantasy novel reviews

While I’ve not been writing, I’ve been reading to recharge my batteries. I tackled two recent historical fantasy novels, Stephanie Burgis’s Congress of Secrets (2016) and Walter H. Hunt’s Elements of Mind (2014). Odds are you might like one or the other, but … Continue reading

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My 2016 horror moldy oldie: Edward Page Mitchell, The Crystal Man

It’s time for the annual “moldy oldie” reading, when I dig up some generally forgotten writer’s horror stories to read for Halloween. This year, Paula Cappa,  an award-winning writer and blogger, introduced me to the stories of Edward Page Mitchell, … Continue reading

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Review: Dawn Kurtagich, The Dead House

It was the cover, and the tag line “the girl of nowhere,” that snagged me when I was looking for something light to read, because as we all know, Young Adult horror novels are light reading. Well, Dawn Kurtagich’s debut … Continue reading

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The 2015 moldy oldie(s): Midwich Cuckoos of the Damned

Every Halloween I dust off a long-forgotten supernatural horror story to read and review. It’s been a busy November, which is why I’m only getting to writing up my review of 2015’s selection today.  This year’s “moldy oldie” is the … Continue reading

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