book review

Book review: After the People Lights Have Gone Off, by Stephen Graham Jones, Dark House Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

This collection by Stephen Graham Jones has been cropping up on slate after slate for this year’s awards, with Best Collection nominations in the Bram Stoker Awards and Shirley Jackson Awards, and a win as Best Collection from This Is Horror. After the People Lights Have Gone Off comprises [...]

Book review: The Rhesus Chart, by Charles Stross, Little, Brown

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

Successors to the Lovecraftian legacy are many and variable, but Charles Stross‘s Laundry Files cycle is among the most distinguished. Scientific rigour combined with bleak pessimism would surely appeal to HPL himself, especially when seasoned with the same genre spice as Weird Tales days [...]

Book review: A Mirror of Shalott, by R.H. Benson,

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

English Catholic priest and author Robert Hugh Benson was one of the more eccentric and gifted scions of the family that also produced E.F. Benson (of ghost story and Mapp and Lucia fame) and A.C. Benson (author of “Land of Hope and Glory”). Son of an Archbishop of Canterbury, he left [...]

Book review: The Lost Stradivarius, by John Meade Falkner

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

This is a review of quite an old title, in fact one dating from 1895 and freely available on Project Gutenberg. But The Lost Stradivarius, by John Meade Falkner, has been described as the novel that M.R. James never wrote, and as an ardent Jamesian, I’m naturally going to want to read such a [...]

Should authors respond to positive reviews?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 7, 2015 // 5 Comments

There have been plenty of stories over the years of authors who have gone a bit off the deep end when reacting to negative reviews. However, what should authors do when a good review comes along? Some have thanked the reviewer for their opinion, while others say nothing. Being thankful or silence. [...]

Review: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

By Joanna Cabot
April 1, 2015 // 2 Comments

I have just read a fantastic book that I think should be required reading in all journalism—indeed, in all high school media—courses. I devoured [easyazon-link asin=”1594487138″ locale=”us”]So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed[/easyazon-link] by Jon Ronson in [...]

Review: Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

By Joanna Cabot
March 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

‘The Zero-Waste Home’ by Bea Johnson was one of my more thought-provoking March break reads. It was a little more dry than I had thought it would be—I knew this lady had a blog, so I was expecting more of a memoir-ish feel, and this was pretty much straight-up information. But [...]

Review: The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde

By Joanna Cabot
March 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

I wrote earlier about discovering the art form of Zentangle, and while I have been enjoying making the little designs, I had no clear idea what to do with them. Well, I have finally found the book that’s made it all click for me—[easyazon-link asin=”0321857895″ [...]

Book Review: Sand of Bone by Blair MacGregor

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

I purchased this book as part of the recent Indie Fantasy Story Bundle (now complete). Having been disappointed with the first two books I tried from the bundle, I was starting to think I’d wasted my money with this one. Then I started [easyazon-link asin=”B00MRCCG9M” [...]

Review: Steampunk LEGO by Guy Himber

By Joanna Cabot
February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

I got a package in the mail this week—a gorgeous hardcover book from No Starch Press! When I wrote earlier about this publisher, I mentioned that one of the things which intrigued me about them was their print-plus-eBook bundles. They graciously agreed to let me try one out, and while I was [...]

Book review: How the Scots Invented the Modern World, by Arthur Herman, Broadway Books

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

This is a subject ever so slightly dear to my heart, and I turn to it with the same sense of modesty and proportion that the author includes in his subtitle, How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in [...]

Book review: The House of Oracles and Other Stories, by Thomas Owen, Tartarus Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the many areas that Yorkshire-based independent Tartarus Press does so well is translations of celebrated and lesser-known non-English authors of classic weird, strange, dark, and fantastic tales. Thomas Owen definitely fits this category. The House of Oracles and Other Stories collects a [...]

Book review: The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos, by Patrick Leigh Fermor, John Murray

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Patrick Leigh Fermor‘s peregrinations across Western, Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe have become almost as legendary as his wartime exploits with the Greek Resistance. The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos is the long-awaited third volume of his reminiscences of his [...]

Book review: Wild Fell, by Michael Rowe, ChiZine Publications

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Latest in a long line of superb dark/weird horrific titles from ChiZine Publications, Wild Fell by Michael Rowe tells the tale of the house of the title on Ontario’s Blackmore Island, site of a tragic drowning that has haunted the local town of Alvina, and of other more mysterious events [...]

Book review: The Last Weekend, by Nick Mamatas, PS Publishing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Not quite your everyday run-of-the-mill zombie apocalypse, you could say. Yes, it’s another rigid, stiff, slow-moving essay in that genre, shambling and groaning its way into your to-read pile. And what a surprise that this sub-genre has grown so fast, proliferating like – well, a [...]

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