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Lord Dunsany’s Time and the Gods: Conclusion

time and the godsBill Ward and I finished the last four stories in Lord Dunsany’s Time and the Gods last week, and we’re taking a final look at the collection today.

Howard: Looking through our reviews I find that our opinions were almost always in accord about the stories, although there were a few differences earlier on. I wonder if that’s because the stories in the second half tended to be either exceptional or simply sort of “meh.” Likely, one of the reasons we’re friends is that we have similar tastes.

Bill: I think that’s exactly it, the stories in the second half contained the weaker pieces, although looking back at some of my notes a few of the stories may have grown on me a bit. The Dunsany fatigue was setting in for both of us — we’ve being reading and writing about him for months now — just as we started the weaker second half of a tightly themed anthology.

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Mar
5

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Farewell

spock 1I’ve debated even tackling this subject. There have been numerous moving tributes to Leonard Nimoy already, including an excellent one penned by Thomas Parker over at Black Gate. Then there’s the fact I never knew Leonard Nimoy and I feel a little silly commenting upon the death of a celebrity.

But when I take into account how much the original Star Trek meant to me when I was a boy and a young man and how fond of it I remain, and when I consider how much impact Star Trek had upon my moral development, I think pausing for a moment with bowed head is more than justified. Read More

Mar
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Hard Boiled Monday: You Play the Black and the Red Comes Up

red and blackAs with preceding Hardboiled Mondays, Chris Hocking and I are working our way down the master list in alphabetical order. Details and the list are here. And earlier discussions are here.

Today Chris and I are looking at a remarkable novel by Richard Hallas writing under the pseudonym Eric Knight titled You Play the Black & the Red Comes Up.

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Feb
27

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Lord Dunsany Re-Read: Time and the Gods, Part 9

time and the godsBill Ward and I finished our Lord Dunsany re-read with the last four stories published in the original Time and the Gods (not the omnibus). You can find a free copy of the book here and join in the discussion. Our rating system is pretty simple. One star is a standout, and two stars is truly notable. Most of Lord Dunsany’s fantasy work is already fairly remarkable, so even a “no star” story on this scale may be worth a look. This week we read “The Relenting of Sarnidac,” “The Jest of the Gods,” The Dreams of a Prophet,” and “The Journey of the King.” Read More

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Winter Madness

Howard ZebrasIt’s been a crazy few days. I slid into my wife’s car with my truck, darn it, and then drove about five hours through a snow storm, white knuckle all the way, to get my first born to a college audition of sorts. Fortunately it went well and the roads on the way back were a lot better. (Tomorrow I take the car in for repair — I wasn’t going very fast, and the truck wasn’t hurt, but the car bumper is shot. I miss steel bumpers. Really, what’s the point of a fiberglass bumper?)

I wasn’t able to post Monday because a tree branch took out our internet, cable, and phone. Next Monday, though, Chris Hocking and I are bringing back Hardboiled Monday, and Friday Bill and I will try to wrap up our Lord Dunsany read.

In other news, I’ve become a TOR author. Paizo Pathfinder novels are now going to be distributed through TOR, and the publishing schedule means that my upcoming book will be the third one released under the joint banner.

My novel revisions are going very well and I’ve got a few other projects on the front burner now that are starting to simmer. I hope to be able to talk about all of it in just a little bit, and talk a little more about some writing strategies I’ve been using on my newest work.

Hardboiled Monday

Hardboiled Monday: Raymond Chandler

Monday, October 27, 2014

As with preceding Hardboiled Mondays, Chris Hocking and I are working our way down the master list in alphabetical order. Details and the list are here. And earlier discussions are here….

Hardboiled Monday: Fast One

Monday, October 20, 2014

As with preceding Hardboiled Mondays, Chris Hocking and I are working our way down the master list in alphabetical order. Details and the list are here. And earlier discussions are here….

Hardboiled Monday: Howard Browne

Monday, October 13, 2014

As with preceding Hardboiled Mondays, Chris Hocking and I are working our way down the master list in alphabetical order. Details here. And earlier discussions are here. Chris Hocking…

Hardboiled Monday: Such Men are Dangerous

Monday, October 6, 2014

Following up on the hardboiled master list, I thought I’d talk about the book by Lawrence Block that holds the number two slot (because we’re going in alphabetical order until…

Hardboiled Monday: Queenpin

Monday, September 29, 2014

As with all Hardboiled Mondays, Chris Hocking and I are working our way down the master list in alphabetical order. Details and the list are here. And other discussions are here. Every Monday…