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"