Strange things happen to the Armitages on Mondays. Sometimes there’s a unicorn in the garden, sometimes there are 100. Harriet and Mark, sister and brother, are used to the ghosts, the dragons, the Furies, and so on. Life in their small village, and wacky relatives who come to […]
Fighting the Thieves’ Guild. Beautiful wenches, dazzling swordplay, heaps of treasure, dark spells. Where do all these cliches come from? A lot of them are from people who ripped off Fritz Lieber, who could write circles around just about anybody. And show us a good time doing it […]
You’d think that writing a sequel would be down to a science, considering how many get cranked out every year. Three parts more-of-the-same to two parts brand-new-adventure or some such recipe. I recently read two sequels, one that was fantastic, the other not so much. The difference? As […]
Dean Koontz has been on the bestseller list with his books for quite a few decades now; one of his current series started with a book called Odd Thomas in 2003. Odd (that’s his first name) sees dead people. I see an old idea in new clothes.
Prince Caspian, a lesser-known entry in the Narnia series, is a book with not much substance. The recent movie actually streamlines the story, eliminating flashbacks and so forth. What fills the running time back up? Why, war of course.
Like a flashback to childhood vacations! I was away on a trip recently, and I read a lot, just like the old days when no holiday was complete without a stack of at least ten books. This time around I had some – gasp! – mainstream books along, […]