book review

Book review: The Monstrous, edited by Ellen Datlow, Tachyon Publications

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

In these dog-days of generic Lovecraftian smorgasbords, a collection entitled The Monstrous could easily evoke jaded expectations of yet more creaking tentacles and stale Yog-Sothothery. Even a name like Ellen Datlow, doyenne of horror/weird anthologists, might not conjure up greater hopes, though [...]

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: 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 [...]

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