Category Archives: Books

Robert Michael’s “Bobb” Cotter’s Vampira and Her Daughters: Women Horror Movie Hosts from the 1950s into the Internet Era

Well hello there, boys and ghouls!  Devilishly delightful weather we’re having, wouldn’t you say?  Time to curl up with something scary, lie on your bed of needles, and while the day away until the sun sets and things really get … Continue reading

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Thomas M. Disch’s The Word of God, or, Holy Writ Rewritten

Thomas M. Disch was best known in some circles as one of the New Wave generation of science fiction writers. In others, he was known as an accomplished poet, while in still others as an incisive and iconoclastic critic. “Iconoclast” … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 19th of February: music from Nick Burbridge, a Fairport Convention review from twenty years ago, live music from McDermott’s 2 Hours, essays on children’s lit, chocolate bars, A Cold War thriller and other matters

 Some stories are literally true; some of them are figuratively true; some of them are wrong. That’s the nature of stories, isn’t it? They show us all the highlights of the world, but they never leave us certain we can … Continue reading

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Scott Allen Nollen’s Jethro Tull: A History of the Band, 1968-2001

Kate Brown penned this review. Scott Allen Nollen has proven his devotion as a Tull fan in the countless miles travelled and the hours passed collecting details and interviewing band members and other associates. He has included nostalgic pictures of … Continue reading

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Joseph Stanton’s The Important Books: Children’s Books as Art and Literature

I am more than a little pleased to learn that I am not the only person who would think of comparing a children’s picture book with Les Tres Rich Heures du Duc de Berry, which is exactly what Joseph Stanton … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Several Annies, Part Two

For the first part of this tale, head this way. As we all know, time flows differently on the other side of the Border, and it was three weeks before Liath was back to Kinrowan Hall. She returned on a … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 12th of February: Denise’s favourite reading space, a science-fiction classic, the real Dracula, music from the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, more gamelan, Patrick’s breakfast and other matters

In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, Long ago. — Christina Rossetti Ahhh there you are. Have … Continue reading

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Reger Zelazny and Steve Grant’s Isle of The Dead audiobook

If you started listening to audiobooks over the past ten or so years, consider yourself to be extremely lucky, as you’re living in a true Golden Age where narration, production, and ease of use are extremely good. But long ago, … Continue reading

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Ann Brashares’ The Whole Thing Together

“If you put both sides together, it would kind of make a whole.  But you never put both sides together.” Step-siblings Sasha and Ray are seventeen years old. Sasha’s dad and Ray’s mom were married, but divorced and married other … Continue reading

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Edgar Pangborn’s A Mirror for Observers

About 30,000 years ago, the Martians fled their dying planet for Earth, where they took up a hidden residence, waiting for humanity to progess to the point where it could accept them. They send their Observers out into the world, … Continue reading

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