I am still a fan of the author Robert B. Parker, who passed away in 2010, leaving behind a bibliography approaching 70 novels. He is, perhaps, best known for his series featuring Boston private investigator Spenser. But he also wrote standalone novels, and other series books, such as those featuring female p.i. Sunny Randall […]Read more "Brimstone, by Robert B. Parker — a book review"
Jeff Mariotte has written a lot of things, original works as well as media tie-ins and comic books. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never read anything else he’s ever written, even though he’s made stops in the worlds of Star Trek and Angel. He’s also never written anything else in the Supernatural […]Read more "Supernatural: Witch’s Canyon, by Jeff Mariotte — a book review"
I knew who Greg Rucka was before I purchased this novel. And, not for his work in superhero comics. No, Rucka was the author of a series of novels about a bodyguard named Atticus Kodiak. I read a couple of these about twenty years ago, and, as I recall, I liked them. Batman: No Man’s […]Read more "Batman: No Man’s Land, by Greg Rucka — a comic book novelization review"
Okay. Maybe the word “essential” is overused. But, this is a more efficient title than “Firewater’s Personal Recommendations of Books for Writers, Limited to 10 of His Nonfictional Favorites.” As with any list of things, your personal mileage may vary. Although I haven’t read every book about writing or every reference book ever published, I […]Read more "10-List: Essential Books for Writers"
Wow. While looking at my published posts, I just realized that I haven’t made an entry for GRRM’s A Dance with Dragons, which I finished reading a while ago. In this case, “a while ago” means about 112 pages into Abaddon’s Gate, the third entry of The Expanse by James S.A. Corey, which I’m reading—and […]Read more "A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin — a book review"
I am an Elmore Leonard fan. You are, too. Probably. He passed away in 2013 from complications due to a stroke, at age 87. A good, long life. During his time, he was responsible for the books (and movies) Get Shorty, Mr. Majestyk, and Out of Sight, among many, many others. His writing was visual, […]Read more "Hombre, by Elmore Leonard — a review"
This novel is the third media tie-in novel to Bioware’s fourth Mass Effect video game, Mass Effect Andromeda. The game itself received mixed reviews. I liked it a lot. Not as much as Mass Effect 2, certainly, but easily on a par with Mass Effect 3. Of the three ME Andromeda novels, this was […]Read more "Mass Effect Andromeda: Annihilation, by Catherynne M. Valente — a book review"