Oct
20
2018
9

Book of the Week: Storm Front.

Yeah, yeah, I finally got sucked back into Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden wizard mysteries.  Storm Front is only three bucks on Kindle, so there you go? What’s that? Yeah, I know, that’s how they suck you in. I figured that it’d happen eventually.

Oct
13
2018
1

Book of the Week: The Great God Pan.

Why not?  Arthur Machen’s The Great God Pan is free on the Kindle.  It’s short, and one of the horror classics.  I’m trying to remember if I’ve read it, though: horrible indictment of me if I haven’t, but there are so many things out there to read and watch and listen to.  Still: free book is free book, and it fits the theme for this month.

Oct
06
2018
1

Book of the Week: The Stress of Her Regard.

I’m picking Tim Powers’ Romantics-vampire novel The Stress of Her Regard because, as I noted years ago, the truly terrifying thing about the book was how much sense it made.  It was sort of like that moment in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies where the author realized that putting a British regiment in the countryside to fight a zombie outbreak filled an obvious hole in the original plot.  …Well, maybe not, but The Stress of Her Regard is still one of the best books Tim Powers ever wrote.  Check it out.

Sep
29
2018
1

Book of the Week: Jirel of Joiry.

Jirel of Joiry is a collection of C.L. Moore’s pulp fantasy historical-supernatural stories about, well, Jirel of Joiry. Moore was one of the first women to do speculative fiction, and I picked this one up because I haven’t actually read much of her fantasy (her pulp SF hero Northwest Smith was more my speed). Never hurts to revisit the classics, hey?

Sep
22
2018
11

Book of the Week… I’d like a suggestion, actually.

It’s getting towards October, and the weather’s cooling down, which makes me like to read things like Something Wicked This Way Comes and Our Lady of Darkness.  And I will, obviously, but I’d like some suggestions for spooky books.  Not horror, per se — certainly not cosmic horror, although of course I do read that.  For this, I want books that are evocative of the cool October breeze twirling leaves in the moonlight, or the smell of the furnace as it gets turned on for the first time this fall.  Mysteries dark and perhaps even dangerous, but ones that can be faced and foiled by folk of good heart.  Books that have a good, if not always superficially reassuring, heart.

So, suggest away.

Sep
15
2018
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Book of the Week: All the Plagues of Hell.

eARC from Baen, and I don’t care: I love eARCs. Eric Flint & Dave Freer’s All the Plagues of Hell is the latest in their Heirs of Alexandria alternate history series: it’s set in a Renaissance Italy where magic works and there’s a bunch of gods wandering around. It’s quite fun; this is the first new book in a while.  It’s also what I’m reading today, so there we go.  Book of the Week, all neat and tidy-like.

Sep
08
2018
2

Book of the Week: Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Oh, hey.  It’s September. Which means that next month will be October, which means that Halloween is coming.  I have grown to love this holiday, because my wife loves it and enthusiasm is catching; but Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes has always been a favorite of mine.  There’s just something about the wildness and danger that lurks in the promise of even the most prosaic carnival.  At least, when it’s Bradbury who is telling you the story.

Moe Lane

PS: WordPress is informing me that I did this book already. I don’t care.

Sep
01
2018
1

Book of the Week: Norse Mythology.

Although it’s more like that Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology (What’s it about?  Just what it says on the label, folks) is this week’s Book that I keep reminding myself to actually read so I’m using this as a reminder of the Week.  There’s no earthly reason why I haven’t read it yet.  Shoot, my wife probably has it on her Kindle, at that.  I guess it just fell through the cracks.

Welp, easily fixed.

Aug
25
2018
2

I have no Book of the Week this week.

I really haven’t read anything new, can’t think of anything that should have gone up by now, and have been trying to come up with a suitable entity for several hours — and failing.  Sorry, folks.  This sometimes happens.  The fact that I’m also on vacation probably isn’t helping, either.

Feel free to offer suggestions to each other in comments.

Aug
18
2018
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Book of the Week: Pickman’s Gallery.

Pickman’s Gallery is a collection of Cthulhu Mythos stories centered around the HP Lovecraft short story ‘Pickman’s Model.’  Just came out, in fact.  It features a story by Moe Lane.

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Aw, I’m just funning you. Still, I hear that a Kindle version is coming out next week.

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