The Runner

The Runner by Phillip McCollum A man is a god in ruins. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature They call this the land of the rising sun, but as I soaked in the rays of a full moon, I thought it was beautiful enough to have equal claim. Leaning against an uncomfortable boulder, I rubbed the sleepiness from my eyes …

Book Review – Shibumi by Trevanian

Shibumi is understanding, rather than knowledge. Eloquent silence. Shibumi is a meta-spy novel originally published in 1979, written by an author known only as Trevanian (later identified as Rodney William Whitaker). What exactly is a meta-spy novel? Think Ian Fleming’s James Bond stories, but with bucko literary flair and an anti-hero plot gone wild. Throughout Shibumi, Trevanian has poured glass …

Book Review – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

That’s what the world is, after all; an endless battle of contrasting memories. I don’t mind usurping another reviewer’s thoughts when they strike a chord, so I’ll shamelessly steal the idea that this is Murakami’s marathon novel. The man writes and runs, so at 1,157 pages, 1Q84 appears to be a fusion of the two. Running a marathon takes endurance, …

Weekly Recap – July 5th, 2013

I hope my fellow Americans enjoyed their Fourth of July. My ear infection seemed to be on its way out yesterday, so I was able to enjoy the fireworks without sandwiching my head between pillows. I’ve you’ve ever ridden in a car and had the window down on only one side, than you likely understand the low frequency flutter effect …

Weekly Recap – May 31st, 2013

The long weekend was nice, especially since I’ll be working over the next upcoming two. Oh well. In not just good news, but the bestest best news, my wife took home three awards from MisCon – Best Fantasy Short, Audience Favorite and Best in Show (best overall short film). I’m so proud of her and can’t wait until she begins her next …

Weekly Recap – April 19th, 2013

I originally started this post with, “Another week of not-much-to-say.” As I thought some more and let my fingers work their magic, it turned out I had quite a few things to say after all. I have several other posts about writing in the oven, but they’re still doughy. (Writing in the oven? Sounds intense. Writing, in the oven? Yeah, …