Literary Matters: Heinlein and Hot Streaks

So, Heinlein’s first four juveniles were a nice warm-up. Rocket Ship Galileo was just fine for a first effort, while Farmer in the Sky is, even now, one of my all-time Heinlein favourites. Not just a favourite from amongst his juveniles, mind you. A favourite, period. What did he do next? A little something called . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Heinlein and Hot Streaks

Musical Matters: Kickstarter project: tunes from Charles de Lint’s The Little Country

I found this on Charles de Lint’s tumblr site:

I don’t recommend a lot of Kickstarter projects — mostly because I could fill up way too much space with all the worthy ones that are out there and I don’t want to inundate you. But this one from Zahatar is a little different.

The . . . → Read More: Musical Matters: Kickstarter project: tunes from Charles de Lint’s The Little Country

Literary Matters: Heinlein and Huckleberry Finn

After Heinlein wrote The Rolling Stones, he wrote Starman Jones, another rousing adventure tale with nevertheless a bit more edge to it, as bildungsromans must needs have. Romance! Danger! The caprices of fate! No guarantee of a happy ending!

I reviewed the Baen reissue of this title a couple of years ago, as part of . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Heinlein and Huckleberry Finn

Literary Matters: Revisiting Heinlein

Well, it’s 2014. After several delays, Skynet has become self-aware and unleashed Judgment Day on the human race, any day now, the latest model of hoverboards should be hitting store shelves, and, mark your calendars, next year Marty McFly and Doc Brown should be completing their long (relative to us) journey from the year 1985, to get . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Revisiting Heinlein

Musical Matters: Susanne Vega’s Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles

“Luka”, “Tom’s Diner”, “99.9F°”…. Suzanne Vega was one of my big music loves from the late 80s/early 90s. She’s been making beautiful music since then, though this is her first album in seven years. And Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles is a corker. There’s lovely mysticism threaded through the album, . . . → Read More: Musical Matters: Susanne Vega’s Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles

Literary Matters: Glen Cook: The Tyranny of the Night / Lord of the Silent Kingdom

I’ve been an admirer of Glen Cook’s writing for many years, ever since I read Shadowline, the first book of the Starfishers series, way back when. I had never run into anyone who had quite that mix of myth and space opera, with the possible exception of Roger Zelazny, and Zelazny was not doing quite . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Glen Cook: The Tyranny of the Night / Lord of the Silent Kingdom

Literary Matters: Glen Cook: Working God’s Mischief

Arnhand, Castauriga, and Navaya lost their kings. The Grail Empire lost its empress. The Church lost its Patriarch, though he lives on as a fugitive. The Night lost Kharoulke the Windwalker, an emperor amongst the most primal and terrible gods. The Night goes on, in dread. The world goes on, in dread. The ice . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Glen Cook: Working God’s Mischief

Literary Matters: Thoughts on a new illustrated edition of The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit has a long and colorful publishing history as one of the most beloved fantasy tales of all time. That history continues with a new edition that seems to be aimed at reclaiming the written version of the story as a way to introduce it to young readers. It’s a handsome hardcover . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Thoughts on a new illustrated edition of The Hobbit

Literary Matters: It’s Been a Nasty Winter

For some of us, at least. Fortunately, some hardy souls have managed to defy the elements and send in some new reviews, so let’s take a look.

First, Death’s Apprentice from K. W. Jeter and Gareth Jefferson Jones, featuring, among other things, a killer for hire to works for the Devil.

Next up, from steampunk . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: It’s Been a Nasty Winter

Musical Matters: Capercaillie: At the Heart of It All

I’m still working my way through Capercaillie, which, out of a host of interesting musicians from many traditions, remains one of the most engaging groups I’ve run across. At the Heart of It All, their newest release, seems to pull together a lot of what I’ve found in their earlier offerings into a very coherent . . . → Read More: Musical Matters: Capercaillie: At the Heart of It All