Special Deliverance by Clifford D. Simak

With cover art by Michael Whelan. I believe the cover artists don’t get enough credit for these things. I wonder what sales would be like if every book was just a plain white cover with black text of the author and title. The cover and sales are of course irrelevant to how good the bookContinue reading “Special Deliverance by Clifford D. Simak”

The Tower by Simon Clark

Today I finished The Tower by Simon Clark, a fun and enjoyable haunted house novel. I learned some architectural vocab as well, like what the difference between a “banister”, “balustrade” and “handrail” is. Great unique setting, good characterization. I suppose since the setting itself is alive it’s also one of the characters. I found thisContinue reading “The Tower by Simon Clark”

Gnome Man’s Land by Esther Friesner

I very much enjoyed this book by Esther Friesner, who is now tied with the late Hugh Cook for my favorite fantasy author. Very smart comedic fantasy, with excellent, interesting, and plentiful description of objects, characters, and scenes. Friesner brings the fantastic to vivid life with detail and clarity. In particular loved the settings ofContinue reading “Gnome Man’s Land by Esther Friesner”

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

This is a horror novel more than anything and the way Copperfield’s childhood unfolded was one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever read. I feel like it would be easier to update this blog if I had either a laptop or desktop with a comfortable chair, instead of using my cellphone with a smashedContinue reading “David Copperfield by Charles Dickens”

King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

This has been called the founding work of the “lost world” genre but I believe it belongs more to the “treasure hunt” genre, if that exists. Apparently, the author wrote this book as part of a five shilling bet with his brother that he could write a book better than Treasure Island. I believe heContinue reading “King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard”

The Gift by Vladimir Nabokov

Why is it that out of Nabokov’s extensive bibliography Lolita is the only one that most people know? What are the behavioral economics of it that we’re attracted to the lurid and sensational? After all, Lolita is one of his shorter books, you get more Nabokov for your money if you read one of hisContinue reading “The Gift by Vladimir Nabokov”