Hey, Remember the 80s – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011) by Ernest Cline

When James Halliday, the 1980s obsessed creator of the OASIS virtual system, dies revelations from his video will kick off a puzzle laden quest for a hidden Easter egg within the system that will reward the finder with control of his company and the OASIS.  High School Student Wade Watts (Avatar Name Parzival) and his […]


Genre: Pop Culture, Science Fiction

Songs of Terror: Little Star – 2010 and White: Melody of Death – 2011

Little Star (Swedish Edition)

Little Star – John Ajvide Lindqvist – 2010   The author of Let The Right One In (2004), has brought forth a lyrical horror novel focused on the the interplay of music, bullying, internet fame, and damaged children.  Little Star, named for Sweden’s entry in the 1958 Euro-vision Song Contest, opens with the discovery of […]


Genre: ABBA, Horror, K-Pop Idols, Korean Horror, Psychological Horror, Swedish Horror

Youth in Revolt: Beowulf’s Children (The Dragons of Heorot) – 1995 and Wild in The Streets – 1968

The Dragons of Heorot

Beowulf’s Children (The Dragons of Heorot) –  Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes – 1995   I decided to read this novel because I found a mention of it in an unrelated book as one of the best novels about first contact and colonization of another planet.  However the reference actually was for the […]


Genre: 1960s Films, Alien Contact, Satire, Science Fiction

Unexpected Alpha (2015) by Bethany Wicker

Bethany Wicker writes about werewolves, specifically the Sapphire Pack, who recently gained a female alpha- unheard of in werewolf society. Of course this leads to males wanting to mate with her and steal her alpha title. Selena is stronger than any of them realize though. This is a fun read- I could not put it […]


Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: Aluna Series |

Of Bone and Thunder (2014) by Chris Evans

Of Bone and Thunder

The forces of the Kingdom are engaged in war with the nation of Luitox. Their forces are far from home, hemmed in by a dense jungle, and facing unimaginable danger. Meanwhile, their home land is in chaos and the average soldier is just trying to make it home alive. Crossbowmen, dragon pilots, and mages will […]


Genre: Fantasy

Revival (2014) by Stephen King

Stephen King's Revival

Reverend Charles Jacobs is a man that has lost his faith. Jamie Morton is a young boy finding his way in the world. Their first meeting was marked by tragedy and a miracle. Over fifty years of history they will encounter each other as both rivals and allies in a quest that will probe the […]


Genre: Horror, Weird fiction

Red Country (2013) by Joe Abercrombie

Red Country by Joe Abercrombie

When Shy South returns from market rip to find her homestead burned and her brother and sister kidnapped, she sets off to rescue them accompanied by her step father Lamb.   Her will journey takes her across the Far Country where she and her allies will confront hostile nature, dangerous outlaws, fierce natives, greed, corruption, and […]


Genre: Fantasy

Kirby: King of Comics by Mark Evanier

cover art that depicts a large gray fist and comic word bubbles.

Abrams, New York, 2008, 224 pages By Mark Evanier, with introduction from Neil Gaiman One need not be a comic book reader to appreciate Evanier’s Kirby: King of Comics, a fantastic collection of, and tribute to, Jack Kirby’s contributions to comic books and American culture (Kirby gave us characters such as the X-Men, the Fantastic […]


Supergods by Grant Morrison

Spiegel & Grau, New York, 2011, 444 pages I love All Star Superman. I really like The Invisibles. Sea Guy was pretty great. As a matter of fact, I like most of Grant Morrison’s comics. I entered my teenage years reading the best comic-writers from the British invasion: Garth Ennis, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and […]


Genre: Non fiction

Authority by Jeff Vandermeer

Book Two of the Southern Reach Trilogy Farrar, Straus and Giroux Originals 340 pages $15.00 Authority begins with John Rodriguez, or Control as he names himself, taking over a directorship at the Southern Reach–the shadowy quasi-military organization nominally “in charge” of Area X. While it is perhaps a little too easy to see where this […]


Genre: Adventure, Alien Contact, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Weird fiction
Series: Southern Reach Trilogy |
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