Literary Affairs: Tad Williams: The Very Best of Tad Williams

Not every collection has to be earth-shattering. Not every story has to be a mind-blower. Sometimes it’s nice to have something that’s just amusing and easy to read and straightforward, without challenge or morally fraught situations. And that’s where The Very Best of Tad Williams comes in, because that’s precisely where it slots in along . . . → Read More: Literary Affairs: Tad Williams: The Very Best of Tad Williams

Literary Matters: Lucius Shepard: Beautiful Blood

There are lessons in Lucius Shepard’s Beautiful Blood, as reviewer Richard Dansky informs us.

It tells us that art slays dragons, no matter how large or powerful they may be.

It tells us that art takes a very long time to slay dragons, and that the dragon will be unaware of the poison that . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Lucius Shepard: Beautiful Blood

Literary Matters: Pierce Brown: Red Rising

With the onslaught (and I use that word advisedly) of dystopian future/supernatural teen-oriented books and/or movies (and sometimes both) recently . . . well, I’m going to let reviewer Denise Kitashima Dutton set the stage:

Another dystopian future full of young adults who don’t know where they fit in? Nooooo, you cry! You’re sick to . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Pierce Brown: Red Rising

Literary Matters: Adria Laycraft & Janice Blaine (editors): Urban Green Man

We tend to think of the Green Man as a woodsy, countryside sort of figure, but there’s no reason that has to be the case. So, we have an anthology of short stories on the theme of the Urban Green Man, edited by Adria Laycraft and Janice Blaine.

Richard Dansky took a look at . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Adria Laycraft & Janice Blaine (editors): Urban Green Man

Literary Matters: Mike Resnick: The Doctor and the Dinosaurs

Well, we’re back in working order, the pixies have been shooed away, and we have another review for you, this one of Mike Resnick’s The Doctor and the Dinosaurs, the latest in his Tales of the Weird West.

Interesting premise: two practitioners of the budding science of paleontology are digging for dinosaur bones — but . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Mike Resnick: The Doctor and the Dinosaurs

Literary Matters: A Taste of Heinlein’s Dark Side

This is a dark, dark novel. And it’s almost on the edge of science fiction and into the realm of human psychology or social satire, à la Brave New World or Lord of the Flies or even The Road. The contemporary setting, even after the contemporary characters are thrust into the future, makes everything seem . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: A Taste of Heinlein’s Dark Side

Literary Matters: Judging Books by Their Covers and Heinlein’s Star Beast

Immediately after Starman Jones, Heinlein wrote his seventh juvenile novel (ninth or tenth novel, total, if you keep track of that sort of thing). What a reversal. He’d been getting steadily more adult in his writing, perhaps as much because of his increasing clout and the resulting power reversal between him and his editors as . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Judging Books by Their Covers and Heinlein’s Star Beast

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