I’ve owned other digital books. But, I believe this may be the first time I’ve ever owned professionally written fiction that exists only in digital form. I downloaded all six of these novella-length stories onto my Kindle Fire a while back. They were either free to me as an Amazon Prime member, or so cheap […]Read more "The “Nameless” Series, by Dean Koontz (digital collection) — a review"
I’m watching Season 5 of the Amazon series The Expanse as the episodes drop, which means I’m probably already into the plot of the novel published after this one, Nemesis Games. It doesn’t matter. Season 4 covered a lot of what happens in Cibola Burn, and I never felt that watching the streaming series before […]Read more "Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4), by James S. A. Corey — a book review"
I’ve written about Firefly on other occasions. Like all fans of the show, I’ve bemoaned the fact that this science fiction series, created by patron-nerd-saint Joss Whedon, was cancelled after only a single season. The show was so richly drawn, with compelling characters and potential plotlines that could have easily sustained five additional seasons, perhaps […]Read more "Firefly: The Story Continues . . . (adventures in other media)"
My reading habits, like my television and movie viewing habits, are largely genre-driven. I am a confessed bibliophile, an avid reader from a young age. I have read all types of books, fiction and nonfiction. If you looked at my current reading list, you’d see that I’m reading an historical novel, a science fiction novel, […]Read more "Black River Falls, by Ed Gorman — a book review"
What about a vampire novel without any vampires? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? There may or may not be a vampire in this one. I’m not telling. But, I will tell you that a vampire isn’t the real villain in this well-written horror novel by the late Richard Laymon. In fact, although the vampire-adjacent content in the […]Read more "The Stake, by Richard Laymon — a book review"
After reading the name of the author in the title of this post, you’re thinking: “I know that name. Where do I know Stephen J. Cannell from?” Cannell was an American television producer, writer, and occasional actor. He created or co-created several dozen successful television series from the 1970s through the ’90s, including The Rockford […]Read more "King Con, by Stephen J. Cannell — a book review"
True story. The only time I ever visited San Francisco was many years ago now. Maybe ten years, but not more than fifteen. I could probably narrow that down further, but it would require getting out of my office chair. That’s not going to happen right now. I recall being in a bookstore somewhere in […]Read more "Hoodwink (Nameless Detective #7), by Bill Pronzini — a book review"
If you’re lucky enough to own a first-edition copy of this novel, you will notice that the author’s name printed on the dust jacket is “John Macdonald.” Kenneth Millar chose to write under a pseudonym because his wife, Margaret Millar, was already a well-known mystery novelist. The John Macdonald name was chosen after his father, […]Read more "The Moving Target, by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer #1) — a book review"
The last time I read one of the late Elmore Leonard’s novels was around this time last year. The book was Hombre, a western. I’ve read a few of the author’s westerns, and I’ve enjoyed all of them. Of course, I’m a fan of the western genre and will occasionally read a novel about gunslingers […]Read more "Touch, by Elmore Leonard — a book review"
This 1994 novel is a sequel to To Save the Sun, which was published in 1992. I remember enjoying the first novel, also co-written by Ben Bova and A.J. Austin, but I’m afraid I read it too long ago to remember the details. What made me enjoy the novel is that it reminded me of […]Read more "To Fear the Light (To Save the Sun, Book 2), by Ben Bova & A.J. Austin — a book review"