Words: Series Fiction Considered

I have a number of new books for you this outing, every one of them, not at all surprisingly, either the start of a new series or the continuation of an existing series. If you’re anything like me, you like series for their ability to develop characters and their story over an extended period.

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John Crowley’s Little, Big

We’ve been having a discussion in the Pub on which house in fantasy and science-fiction appeals to us. Lots of them got mentioned from, as one staffer noted, ‘The old, rambling building that houses the College of Shadows in Schweitzer’s Mask of the Sorcerer. Constantly shifting, new rooms appearing or disappearing, and a library that . . . → Read More: John Crowley’s Little, Big

Considering Patricia McKillip

I thought I knew what cold was, before cold stripped me bare of thought, then blinded me and froze my heart. I could not feel such cold and live; cold forced me into something other, something not quite human, who held a dream with bones of ice, and did not remember names, only what we . . . → Read More: Considering Patricia McKillip


I’m back, and I’ve got all sorts of different things for you today.

Books — we have books. (Well, we pretty much always have books, but still. . . .)

We have another one of those might be thriller, might be sf, might be. . . ? Iain M. Banks continues his Culture . . . → Read More: Goodies

Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series

So what do you consider the best imagined setting in fantasy and science fiction? Akkaris in Frank Herbert’s Dune series? The world of Mote Prime in Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s The Mote in God’s Eye series? The post-apocalyptic Minneapolis in Emma Bull’s Bone Dance? Or J.R.R.. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth perhaps? I’m choosing Earthsea as created . . . → Read More: Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series

A Little Miscellany

Well, yes and no — I’m here doing a substitute gig for your regular posters, and I have to admit, what I mean by “miscellany” at Sleeping Hedgehog is not what I mean my “miscellany” here. However . . . .

We’ve got books, which is pretty normal. We’re starting off with a collection of . . . → Read More: A Little Miscellany

Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks

As you may know, Emma Bull is one of the writers who garners much approval here, as she’s a great writer, a talented musician, and a really nice person. So it’s not ‘tall surprising to me that one of her novels is on many of the lists of best novels that our staffers suggested for . . . → Read More: Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks

Blood Wedding

Jack Merry here. Let me put aside Emma Bull’s Finder: A Novel of the Borderland which I’ve been reading this foggy evening. Do have a pint of Dragons Breath XXXX Stout with me while I tell you a tale…

Depending on how you figure it, it’s either late summer or early fall here on the . . . → Read More: Blood Wedding

Keeping Tunes Alive

I prefer my history dead. Dead history is writ in ink, the living sort in blood. — A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

Despite what Martin says, no history is ever dead so long as someone, somewhere ‘members it and tells others about it. Same’s true of trad music as anyone who . . . → Read More: Keeping Tunes Alive

The Lord of The Forest

Some hold that the Green Man is but a Celtic myth retold by the English as a sort of ethnic cleansing of the native culture. That is bullocks as there’s really no Green Men in English myth either no matter what Lady Raglan claimed backed in the period between the Wars.. But there is a . . . → Read More: The Lord of The Forest