Book Review – The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

“When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.” Without knowing anything about this book, someone might pick it up, read the back cover blurb and say, “Sudden, worldwide, life-changing event? The possible end of mankind? Meh. Been done before.” They wouldn’t be completely wrong. It has been …

Book Review – The Once and Future King by T.H. White

“Hic iacet Arthurus, rex quondam, rexque futurus.” I plead ignorance. Okay, a lot of ignorance. All my life, I’ve known about King Arthur and his companions. I have hazy memories of Disney’s The Sword in the Stone and I’m almost positive there’s a dusty VHS copy of 1981’s Excalibur buried in my parents’ garage. The well-known myth is embedded in Western culture, making it nearly impossible to …

Book Review – The Racketeer by John Grisham

“I am a lawyer, and I am in prison. It’s a long story.” I try to be a wide reader (not wide in the physical sense, though my donut intake may support that point). Despite my inclination toward certain categories, I make an attempt to change things up once in awhile. I feel there’s something to be learned from everything, …

Book Review – My GRL by John W. Howell

“I think of my life and decide it was lived as I wished. I close my eyes and all goes black.” Some people write books and that’s all there is to it. A dab of metaphors here. A semicolon there. Hmm, how about a sprinkle of suspense? Maybe an exclamation mark or two? Sure, why not. But with My GRL, John …

Book Review – Yesterday Road by Kevin Brennan

“If we could just forget the lousy things and keep the wonderful things up front.” Self-publishing has a problem. A sticky, smelly problem that’s hard to wash off because the stain of poor writing is so embedded, like the smell of garlic in a French chef’s pores. That’s unfortunate because in many cases, there’s no stain at all. In fact, …

Book Review – Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan

“When she said he was dying, and explained how little time he had left, Ellis Rogers laughed.” Disclaimer: My copy of Hollow World was an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) provided to me by the author, Michael J. Sullivan. Up front, I’ll admit that I have not read Sullivan’s popular Ryria series. I hope this has given me a fresh perspective toward a book that …

Book Review – Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

“All right. We’re saving the world, after all. Take him.” Though I’ve tried my best not to, this review may spoil some things. Reader be warned! Like the middle bear of Goldilocks fame, Ender is a culmination of the “just right.” He’s the youngest of three genetically engineered Wiggin children. The oldest, Peter Wiggin, is cold-blooded but lacks control. Valentine, …

Book Review – Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

TL;DR: Wow. Although there’s bound to be a few of you who have read this classic, I will try to avoid spoilers. If you want the 30,000-foot view of the story, you can read the back cover blurb. I’m making this review more about its spirit rather than its text. When my wife asked me what it was about, I should …

Book Review – Our Children Are Not Our Children by Kevin Brennan

Author and all around most excellent guy, Kevin Brennan, has compiled and published five short stories that hover a magnifying glass over the family unit. Sure, it’s been done before, but the magic is in the execution.  Brennan provides just enough focus to show us the good and the bad without burning the subjects to a crisp. Each story rings …

Book Review – The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough

Do you like penguins in space? Cows that speak Spanish? Then don’t buy this book, because it has nothing to do with those things. On second thought, buy it anyway and write your own story about the aforementioned items. I promise to buy a copy and post a review. The Darwin Elevator is the first in a trilogy of books …