Friday Review: The Paladins of Shannara (Three Short Stories) by Terry Brooks

My rating: 3 of 5 starsThese short pieces were written as add-on stories in the larger Shannara world. As such, none really add a whole lot to the bigger picture, but do give us a bit of a spotlight on events not essential to the novels. They are:Allanon's Quest:This one is set before the events … Continue reading Friday Review: The Paladins of Shannara (Three Short Stories) by Terry Brooks

Friday Review: The Detective in the Dooryard: Reflections of a Maine Cop by Timothy A. Cotton

My rating: 4 of 5 starsLt. Cotton is a thirty year veteran of the Bangor Maine Police Department. He is also the one in charge of their Facebook (or Book of Faces, as he calls it) page. That's where I first found him and his writing. Well, at first it was the (marginally famous) Bangor … Continue reading Friday Review: The Detective in the Dooryard: Reflections of a Maine Cop by Timothy A. Cotton

Monday Musings: In the Good Old Summertime

In the good old summertime, I am sitting inside in the nice air conditioned rooms. The air temp (Sunday) is 95. Heat index is 102. I am not going outside unless I have to. I watered all the flowers and veggies earlier, swept the deck, and took the dog out this morning. He'll need to … Continue reading Monday Musings: In the Good Old Summertime

Friday Review: The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

My rating: 3 of 5 stars This alternate history story starts when a meteorite strikes the ocean off the southern coast of the United States and immediately causes wide-scale destruction of much of the eastern part of the country, including Washington, DC. The aftereffects of the meteor will cause global climate change on a disastrous … Continue reading Friday Review: The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

Monday Musings: Upcoming- Short Fiction

Flashes: A Collection of Very Short Fiction, my next project, is currently scheduled to be released in January. It will be a set of 24 short pieces, 12 sci-fi and 12 fantasy. There may be a bonus story, as well, but no promises on that one. I am not convinced on the title as yet, … Continue reading Monday Musings: Upcoming- Short Fiction

Friday (Movie) Reviews: Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider

Both films are based on novels by James Patterson, and both star Morgan Freeman. Freeman plays forensic psychologist Alex Cross. In the first (1997), he is pulled into a serial kidnapping case when his niece goes missing at university in North Carolina. The kidnapper is drawn to strong, competent women and soon the kidnapper, who … Continue reading Friday (Movie) Reviews: Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider

Friday Review: A Betrayal in Winter (The Long Price Quartet #2) by Daniel Abraham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars In this second installment of the Long Price Quartet, we once again find Maati, the failed poet, and Otah Machi, the youngest son of the Khai Machi, with their lives intertwined. It is fifteen years after the end of A Shadow in Summer and Maati is sent by the … Continue reading Friday Review: A Betrayal in Winter (The Long Price Quartet #2) by Daniel Abraham