It’s time for our thrice-yearly report here at FirewaterCo. Several years ago, I adopted as my personal philosophy the bit of stolen wisdom that—as the above epigram states—happiness is looking forward to something. (I also stole “Every day is a good day,” a powerful zen koan, from my brother-in-law, who sold mobile homes before he […]Read more "Looking Forward (June 2019 Update) — If It Makes You Happy . . ."
This was the first media tie-in novel based on the hit CW television show Supernatural. It was published way back in 2007 (even though I’m reading it just now, more than a decade later), and it was written by Keith R.A. DeCandido. I am familiar with DeCandido because, like me, he is a severe […]Read more "Supernatural: Nevermore, by Keith R.A. DeCandido — a book review"
I just returned from the Amazon website. I ordered the third book in this series, Abaddon’s Gate. I plan to read something else as a palate cleanser before starting that one. That’s what I did between Leviathan Wakes and this one, and it seemed to work well. I guess I’m pretending that I have all […]Read more "Caliban’s War (The Expanse Book #2), by James S.A. Corey — a book review"
I picked up Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Bloodletter at a library sale here in central Arkansas, just last year. It was #3 in the DS9 expanded universe media-tie-in novels published by Pocket Books. I already owned the hardcover Warped, another DS9 novel by K.W. Jeter, even though I haven’t read it yet. I assumed […]Read more "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Bloodletter, by K.W. Jeter — a book review"
Good Omens: the nice and accurate prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch was published way back in 1990, which doesn’t seem that long ago to me, but really was. It was also the only collaboration between the authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Pratchett has since shuffled off this mortal coil, but Gaiman continues doing what […]Read more "Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman — a book review"
N.K. Jemisin was the author—with Bioware creative director Mac Walters—of the novel Mass Effect: Initiation. I read that video game tie-in because it was Mass Effect, not because it was Jemisin. But, I discovered that I liked the story and the writing a lot, and anyone who could make Lt. Cora Harper a more interesting […]Read more "The Killing Moon, by N.K. Jemisin — a book review"
A variation on a theme, with Halloween just a few days behind us. Horror fiction represents only a small percentage of my reading, it seems. But, after some thought, the following 10 novels represent my quintessential horror selection. I didn’t repeat authors (even those with pseudonyms) or include those whose work is mainly in the […]Read more "10-List: Horror Novels"