Get some free smart speculative fiction from my sister spec-fic writer Ellison Blackburn! Her novel “If There Be Giants” is free today on Kindle. The buy link is here and my review is here. And there’s a whole ton of short stories, including one of hers, available here on Instafreebie. Here’s my review of Ellison’s latest novel, […]Read more "Some Free Spec Fic From Ellison Blackburn!"
Tolstoy: A Russian Life Rosamund Bartlett “Tolstoy: A Russian Life” is, fittingly, nearly as capacious and baggy a work as those of its subject. Delving into everything from Tolstoy’s ancestors to the fate of his children after his death to recipes of favorite desserts cooked by his wife, this biography meanders charmingly back and forth […]Read more "“Tolstoy: A Russian Life” by Rosamund Bartlett"
Recently author Brian Van Reet and I had a long chat about art, war, life–pretty much everything. In Part I of our conversation we discussed, among other things, the process of literary creation, the military-civilian divide, and feasibility of reinstating the draft. The continuation of our conversation is below. EPC: I think it can be hard […]Read more "My Chat with Veteran and Author Brian Van Reet About Literary Creation and Military Service, Part II"
As I work on my research about, and prepare for my class on, contemporary war writing, a number of authors and translators have graciously agreed to talk to me. A couple of weeks ago I posted my chat with British veteran and author Andy Owen; this time it’s American Brian Van Reet, author of Spoils, […]Read more "My Chat with Veteran and Author Brian Van Reet About Literary Creation and Military Service"
Anatomy of a Soldier Harry Parker In “Anatomy of a Soldier,” the wounding and subsequent rehabilitation of British soldier Captain Tom Barnes is told, in non-chronological order, from the perspective of the objects that come into contact with him, from the IED that rips off his legs to the prosthetics that he is eventually fitted […]Read more "“Anatomy of a Soldier” by Harry Parker"
Queen of Spades Michael Shou-Yung Shum What a cracking tale! As soon as I saw the title, I knew I had to read it. Although “Queen of Spades” isn’t my favorite of Pushkin’s stories–that honor goes to his “Little Tragedies”–it’s certainly a classic for a reason. This version, set in a casino in Snoqualmie in […]Read more "“Queen of Spades” by Michael Shou-Yung Shum"
Can You Keep a Secret? Sophie Kinsella The Shopaholic series was a guilty pleasure of mine last year, and was just the thing to read while, e.g., sitting in the vet’s office when my dog was terribly ill (he’s okay now, thanks for asking), so I approached “Can You Keep a Secret” with both interest […]Read more "“Can You Keep a Secret?” by Sophie Kinsella"
Virtual FantasyCon 2017! That’s right, Virtual FantasyCon 2017 is here! The Reader’s Corner Page is here My personal Facebook “booth” is here–come by for some pictures of exotic animals, like Akhal-Tekes! Now, we could admire pictures of beautiful horses all day and feel perfectly satisfied, but to make things even better, I’m making all four […]Read more "Virtual FantasyCon 2017 is Here!"
We Shall Ne’er Be Younger: Silver Chronicles Book One Mary Ellen Woods Recently widowed Emily is looking for a boyfriend (definitely NOT a husband–been there, done that!). Recently divorced Mike is looking for, ah, some female companionship. When they are introduced at a party, sparks fly. But does their relationship have enough of a slow […]Read more "“We Shall Ne’er Be Younger” by Mary Ellen Woods"
Free books! So many free and 99c books at today’s SIAFBB event! Kicking off a weekend of free and discounted books is today’s SIAFBB Freeday the 13th event, at which you can pick up dozens of free and bargain books, including mine. Get them here. And both parts of The Breathing Sea are free all […]Read more "Freeday the 13th! Get Your Free and 99c Books Here!"