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Jonathan Howard: Carter & Lovecraft

11 Jan 2016 · No Comments

Entertaining collision of hardboiled PI and Lovecraft ’s Mythos, with a dash of a metaphysics/ metatextualism. Already impatient for sequel.

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Tags: c-title · fantasy · h-author · horror

Shannon Hale: Austenland

07 Sep 2013 · No Comments

The titular Austenland is like Channel 4’s Regency House Party historical/reality TV re-imagined as an upscale vacation experience: a handful of wealthy women hie themselves to “Pembrook Park,” a country house where they indulge in a properly reserved and G-rated flirtation with actors playing the part of Regency gentlemen. Hale makes a lot of extremely [...]

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Tags: a-title · fiction · h-author

Andrea Hairston: Redwood and Wildfire

14 Jul 2013 · No Comments

I finished Hairston’s harrowing and beautiful Redwood and Wildfire about a week ago, and I’ve been struggling to write about it in a way that does it justice. But it’s today that I learned about the acquittal of one George Zimmerman in the murder trial of one Trayvon Martin, and that — and what it [...]

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Tags: fantasy · h-author · historical · r-title

Dirk Hayhurst: The Bullpen Gospels

23 Feb 2013 · No Comments

I had somewhat ambivalent reactions to The Bullpen Gospels, but on the whole I was entertained. Hayhurst looks at baseball from the unusual perspective of a perennial minor leaguer. He’s someone (this is my judgment, not his) without enough potential to get promoted rapidly to MLB status, but too potentially useful as a sort of [...]

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Tags: autobiography · b-title · baseball · h-author

Jim C. Hines: The Stepsister Scheme

03 Jan 2013 · No Comments

I first heard of Jim C. Hines via his project of challenging the objectification of women on “urban fantasy/paranormal romance” book covers by painstakingly (literally) re-creating the poses with himself in the starring role. Like much of my favorite activism, it’s funny and serious at the same time. (He even tackles a book where I [...]

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Tags: fantasy · h-author · s-title

Johan Harstad: 172 Hours on the Moon

23 Sep 2012 · No Comments

I think I stumbled on Johan Harstad’s 172 Hours on the Moon when I was looking for John Barnes’ Losers in Space; both novels share the plot element of young people trying to get off of Earth to boost their social standing. Aside from that, they could scarcely be more different. In the alternate [...]

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Tags: #-title · h-author · horror · science fiction · young adult

Jonathan L. Howard: Katya’s World

24 Aug 2012 · No Comments

Katya’s World is Russalka, a Russian-settled colony still reeling from a pyrrhic conflict with Mother Earth. Russalka has no land masses, and part of the novel’s fun derives from the relative novelty of incorporating the claustrophobia and blindfoldedness of Das Boot or The Hunt for Red October-style submarine hide-and-seek games into a far-future/alien planet setting.
Precocious [...]

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Tags: h-author · k-title · science fiction · young adult

Justin Halpern: I Suck at Girls

30 Jul 2012 · No Comments

Halpern, if you don’t recognize the name, is that guy who parlayed a twitter feed about the stuff his dad says into a career/TV deal/etc..
I’m not a fan of the twitter; I tried it and found it a bit too much of a not-so-good thing. But it was sometimes amusing, and I was curious what [...]

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Tags: autobiography · h-author · humor · i-title

Steve Hely: How I Became a Famous Novelist

30 Nov 2010 · No Comments

How I Became a Famous Novelist is a tidy, and very funny, example of simultaneous multi-layer cake having/eating. Bitter Pete Tarslaw decides the best way to get back at his ex-girlfriend is to write a chart-topping novel. He inventories the best seller list, discards genre fiction as requiring too much actual work, and decides to [...]

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Tags: h-author · h-title · satire

Joe Hill: Horns

17 Nov 2010 · No Comments

I started reading Horns with one of those ebook free sample chapters. Hill hooked me with his first four sentences:
Ignatius Martin Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke the next morning with a headache, put his hands to his temples, and felt something unfamiliar, a pair of knobby pointed protuberances. He [...]

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