Monthly Archives: August 2013

Days of Leonard: Pagan Babies (2000)

                Pagan Babies is the second Elmore Leonard I’ve read. I picked it up on Amazon after looking at reviews and somehow figuring that this was one of his more highly regarded novels (it really isn’t, but I was a … Continue reading

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Days of Leonard: The Hot Kid (2005)

                               Elmore Leonard passed away recently. It’s sad because he was among the greatest American writers of all time and because he was one of my personal favorite crime writers. But it’s also sad because, even though he was pretty … Continue reading

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An Action-Packed Actuator Adventure: James Wymore and Aiden James’ The Actuator: Fractured Earth

                Genres are a pretty handy story-telling device,  aren’t they? When someone talks about writing a Fantasy, we know that orcs, dragons, swords and so on are probably going to be involved. Sci-Fi will have spaceships and aliens. Steampunk will … Continue reading

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A Spectacular Siege: L. Blankenship’s Disciples, Part III

                I’m not sure if L. Blankenship’s third part of her Disciples series, entitled Embers on the Wind, is a climactic conclusion or just a stepping stone to something bigger. It does provide a fitting conclusion for healer Kate Carpenter, … Continue reading

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A Familiar Fantasy: Jason King’s Lure of Fools

                Stop me if you’ve heard this one — a teenage boy of uncertain, mysterious parentage grows up in an isolated frontier town, longing for adventure.  Contact with a dangerous force reveals the hidden identity of a nearby elderly man … Continue reading

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Guest Post — Tara Tyler’s Pop Travel

I got a special treat today — a guest post by Tara Tyler about her new book, Pop Travel. It looks like the best kind of nifty high concept sci-fi. Please check out Tara’s description below: Hi! I’m Tara Tyler. … Continue reading

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A Friendlier Fantasy: L. Blankenship’s Disciples, Part II

                I think modern ‘revisionist fantasy’ (for lack of a better term) like Game of Thrones and historical fiction has kind of soured the medieval fantasy setting for me. Sure, all the noble courts, people saying ‘milord,’ jousts and turkey … Continue reading

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