Tag: writing

ON READING INDIE FANTASY

I will admit something to you all right now: I am not a big fan of fantasy, whether it be epic fantasy, old-school pulp fantasy, or even contemporary urban fantasy. Other than Tolkien or Howard I haven’t much for the genre; I’ve always preferred… Continue Reading “ON READING INDIE FANTASY”

REVIEWING “BLOODSUCKERS”: THIS BOOK SUCKS…YOU RIGHT INTO THE STORY

Book Reviewed: Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President, by Michael A. Ventrella Genre: vampire novel, political satire Published By: 1632, Inc. 2019 ($14.99 in paperback) I would like to first apologize again for the delay in posting. I had finished reading this most recent book a little… Continue Reading “REVIEWING “BLOODSUCKERS”: THIS BOOK SUCKS…YOU RIGHT INTO THE STORY”

BOOKISH CONVERSATION WITH CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN

This incarnation of our bookish conversations has been due for a couple of weeks now, and I apologize for how long it has taken. Personal and family matters took priority, but now everything has settled and I can get back to my first love… Continue Reading “BOOKISH CONVERSATION WITH CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN”

REVIEWING “DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS”: THE BLACK DETECTIVE STRAIGHT OUT OF THE MEAN STREETS OF L.A.

Book Reviewed: Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley Genre: series mystery Publisher: Norton in 1990, then Washington Square Press in 2002 ($16.99 for the paperback) So here’s another book I read in the spirit of Black History Month, and this one took a little bit longer… Continue Reading “REVIEWING “DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS”: THE BLACK DETECTIVE STRAIGHT OUT OF THE MEAN STREETS OF L.A.”

REVIEWING “PSYCHO”: PERHAPS MY FAVORITE HORROR NOVEL?

Book Reviewed: Psycho by Robert Bloch Genre: Horror Publisher: Simon & Shuster in 1959, republished by The Overlook Press in 2010 ($14.95 for the recent paperback) Before I go into my current book review, let me first apologize for something. For as many of… Continue Reading “REVIEWING “PSYCHO”: PERHAPS MY FAVORITE HORROR NOVEL?”

REVIEWING “THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN”: THE DARK SIDE OF BLIND FAITH

Book Reviewed: The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn Genre: True Crime, Biography, Religious Studies Publisher: Simon & Shuster in 2017 ($28 for hardcover; $18 for paperback) One of my guilty pleasures is an ever developing obsession with cults… Continue Reading “REVIEWING “THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN”: THE DARK SIDE OF BLIND FAITH”

A TALK WITH AARON CROCKER

And here we have the artist formerly known as… Erin. Aaron Crocker is one of my online friends, and he writes poetry and prose as well as works in the film industry. Book credits include Synchronicity and Menoetius, and Forbidden, an experimental dark fiction… Continue Reading “A TALK WITH AARON CROCKER”

REVIEWING “THEY CALLED US ENEMY”: BLACK AND WHITE PICTURES SHOW US THE GREY OF OUR OWN EVIL

Book Reviewed: They Called Us Enemy, written by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott. Illustrated by Harmony Becker. Genre: autobiographical graphic novel Published By: Top Shelf Productions in 2019 ($19.99 for the traditional paperback; $25 for the expanded hardcover edition) Nearly everyone who… Continue Reading “REVIEWING “THEY CALLED US ENEMY”: BLACK AND WHITE PICTURES SHOW US THE GREY OF OUR OWN EVIL”

A CONVERSATION WITH BOB ON BOOKS

I don’t know about you, but every so often I need to shake things up in my solitary, literary life. The days get a little too long, and the weeks and months go by slower and with more aggravation than the seven-year itch. Sometimes… Continue Reading “A CONVERSATION WITH BOB ON BOOKS”

REVIEWING THE OUTSIDERS: FRIENDS & FAMILY AMID GANG FIGHTS AND THE ETERNAL STRUGGLE OF CLASS WARFARE

Book Reviewed: THE OUTSIDERS, by S. E. Hinton Genre: Young Adult Novel Published By: Originally by Viking Press, 1967; republished by Speak (of Penguin publishing) in 2003 and 2006 ($10.99 for paperback) For my next review here at James’ Online Book Club I wanted… Continue Reading “REVIEWING THE OUTSIDERS: FRIENDS & FAMILY AMID GANG FIGHTS AND THE ETERNAL STRUGGLE OF CLASS WARFARE”