An Overlong Review of Dracula

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This is probably going to sound stupid (or at least obvious) to anyone who already knows anything about Bram Stoker and/or Dracula, but:  Wow, y’all, this book is where Dracula comes from.  As in, like, this is his first appearance; Bram Stoker, in his 1897 novel, created the character Dracula.  And Van Helsing.  Like how Walt Disney created …

Welp, I watched 698 episodes of The Simpsons.

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I hope you’ve been productive over the past year, the Coronavirus year, the year when you were encouraged to simulate life inside a bomb shelter. With the kids home, doing that whole distance learning thing, and with the local parks wrapped in yellow caution tape, we did a few things to break up the monotony. …

City Book Review: Cormorant Lake

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I wrote an editorial review for Cormorant Lake.  It was phenomenal!  Here’s my review: When Evelyn returns home late at night and finds her roommate’s two young girls in a dangerous situation, she finally breaks. She hastily gathers their things and buckles the little girls into the backseat of her ’92 Corolla before racing out of California in …

Your Recommendations Make a Difference

A copy of my short story sold a few days ago, which was surprising because I hadn’t done anything to make that happen. (Naturally, and like most other hobbyist writers, getting a sale usually involves some sign-spinning on my part.) When I sold a second copy an hour later, I got so suspicious that I …

City Book Review: The Chowderhead Crusades

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I wrote an editorial review for The Chowderhead Crusades.  It was great!  Saying anything is the “Ready Player One for fans of [insert thing here]” can have unintended consequences, but I’m telling you, The Chowderhead Crusades is a good book—and, in a few ways, it’s actually more exemplary of the obscure-trivia-with-practical-applications genre than Ready Player One. Here’s my review: …

City Book Review: Past Versus Future

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I wrote an editorial review for Past Versus Future.  It was a pretty good book!  Here’s my review: Past Versus Future posits that the big bang was merely a bang in a series of many. Like a cosmic reset button, each bang brings with it a whole new universe where civilizations rise and fall, where species venture beyond their solar …

An Overlong Review of 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Actually, this is less a review and more a rambling, diatribe-laden book report, and it’s brimming with spoilers. I spend a lot of time comparing the book and the movie. The short version is: Wow, 2001: A Space Odyssey! Great book! Five stars! I saw elements of many of Clarke’s short stories, including “Holiday on …

First World Problems

I’m about to complain about the most first-world of all first-world problems, so before anyone reads this, I warn you: the following may prove to be a very unsatisfying read, and it basically amounts to me grumbling about not getting a free lunch.   I enjoy reading and writing. Reading is easy. But writing, if …