Monthly Archives: September 2013

Bane of the Black Blade: Michael Moorcock’s Elric and Nonviolence

                 Violence and the Sword and Sorcery subgenre of Fantasy (or Fantasy in general) go together like goblins and orcs. You can almost take it as a given that some character in a Fantasy story is going to pack a … Continue reading

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Cyberpunk Pals

                Cyberpunk is supposed to be a dystopian genre, right? It’s full of evil, monolithic corporations with unlimited power, crime controlling everything, technology that leaves humanity adrift, and characters that wear black and sunglasses in neon cities. And this probably … Continue reading

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Doing Dirt to Get By: Breaking Bad and Gangsta Rap

                The final track from Freddie Gibbs’ 2012 Baby Face Killa Mix Tape is entitled Breaking Bad. As a huge fan of Breaking Bad — which has three episodes to go before its finale — I was wondering if Gibbs … Continue reading

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A Too Crowded Boardwalk: Narrative Sprawl in Boardwalk Empire

                So Boardwalk Empire came back for a Fourth Season. I’m happy about this, because Boardwalk Empire is a show that I seriously enjoy. As you can tell from reading my books, I love anything to do with the 1920s. … Continue reading

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Days of Leonard: Glitz (1985)

                Glitz is the latest Leonard novel I’ve read. He’d been writing books for a while before making Glitz, but this was the one that solidified his fame, earning him a place on bestseller lists and finally putting his name … Continue reading

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Days of Leonard: Swag (1976) and 52 Pick-Up (1974)

                Detroit holds a special place for Elmore Leonard and his fans. It holds a special place in America too — as a kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland that could be a portent of how most of American cities will end … Continue reading

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Days of Leonard: Pronto (1993) and Raylan (2012)

                 I’d like to talk about Raylan Givens, who might be Elmore Leonard’s favorite recurring character. He’s written quite a few recurring characters and most of them get a novel or two and a maybe a short story, but Raylan … Continue reading

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