Category Archives: Book Reviews

Shock and Awe in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

In Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children’s Crusade, a soldier bounces through time, meets aliens, and relives points in his life, centering around Dresden, Germany, during his tour during the Second World War. Vonnegut uses anaphora for a comical, … Continue reading

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Ethnographic Fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness

  In The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin has written twenty chapters in a woven epic account of Genry Ai’s experience as an Envoy to the planet Gethen. The book works because of the way Le Guin … Continue reading

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The Champion of Barésh: a review

Books and Dragons When I say I’m a Book Dragon, I mean that when I find a writer whose words inspire me or who creates something special, I will put aside every other book in my pile and read that … Continue reading

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Spirituality as Truth in Philip K. Dick’s Valis

If authors follows their obsessions, then Philip K. Dick is obsessed with drugs, spirituality, and aliens. The thing I love most about Philip K. Dick is that he doesn’t pull punches. We are talking about Christ. He is an extra-terrestrial … Continue reading

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The Geologist’s Viewpoint: H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness

H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror contains one novella, originally serialized, and three short horror stories. Lovecraft is both amazing and maddening—he is really smart and I can see that in his writing, … Continue reading

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Cloud Layout: David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas

  In David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas, several generations search for truth, knowledge, and the means of survival. Mitchell captures the essence of each time period and builds on it like an orchestra building to a crescendo and then he … Continue reading

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Format and World Immersion in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One

  Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is a fast-paced, user-friendly video game of a novel. How does Cline craft it so masterfully that I am engrossed from page one and don’t want to stop? He uses specific formatting, pacing, and … Continue reading

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Setting Writing Goals: May 2017

Setting Writing Goals: May 2017 Hey, writer, how’s it going? Did you write in May? I hope you did. I hope you scheduled time to write and followed through with your promise to your art. I did a lot of … Continue reading

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Exploring the Fantastic in Robert Kirk’s the Secret Commonwealth

Robert Kirk’s The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies is an exploration in ancient Celtic beliefs. Marina Warner writes in the introduction: “Kirk never alludes to his own status as a seventh son or to any healing he might … Continue reading

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Review of Brandy L. River’s Sleepwalker

I received Sleepwalker by Brandy L Rivers in exchange for an honest review. First, a bit about the author: Brandy L. Rivers is obsessed with monsters and magic. She is the author of the Branches of Emrys series, the Others … Continue reading

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