Literary Matters: Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland novels

Twisted fairy tales, revisions and reversions of old legends and mythologies, turning everyday life inside out and at odd angles to itself, bringing Old Magic into a Today World–it’s all the province of names like Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett–and Catherynne M. Valente. As with those authors, Valente has already established cross-media ties; notably, songs by . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland novels

Brief Lines: Big Names

One of the benefits of the recent upsurge in novellas being published is the opportunity for big names to play in smaller sandboxes. Works that are perhaps too experimental or too insubstantial for full novel-length projects can get play now, providing readers with more of their favorite authors. Meanwhile, the authors themselves get a chance . . . → Read More: Brief Lines: Big Names

Colcannon: The Pooka and the Fiddler and Happy as Larry

Ahhh, there you are. I saw you sitting over in Falstaff’s Chair by the cheerfully cracklin’ fire on this cold, windy, and even rainy night. I see you’re enjoying your novel… Me? I’m reading de Lint’s Moonheart — perhaps his best known work. Not all great literature comes in the form of the printed page . . . → Read More: Colcannon: The Pooka and the Fiddler and Happy as Larry

Catching Up

We have reviews for you. Yes, indeedy, so, since it’s been a while, let’s get right to it.

Comics creator Joe Mignola ventures into the realm of “illustrated novel” with collaborator Christopher Golden in Joe Golem and the Drowned City.

Elizabeth Bear is back with another tale of Bijou the Artificer and her fellow adventurers, . . . → Read More: Catching Up

Brief Lines: Darker Images

A dark man, a dark house, and a place that is just plain dark – this week’s column dives into some graphic literature that sits a bit more on the shadowy side. Horror comics may have gotten a bum rap as unworthy during the EC comics days (not to mention all the horrorsploitation stuff Marvel . . . → Read More: Brief Lines: Darker Images

Wellman Well Done: The Complete John Thunstone

Where Nightshade’s epic five-volume set gathered together all of Manly Wade Wellman’s extant short fiction, The Complete John Thunstone instead focuses on all of the appearances of that singular character. While not as well known as Wellman’s signature character John the Balladeer, Thunstone actually predates him; his appearance in “The Third Cry to Legba” dates . . . → Read More: Wellman Well Done: The Complete John Thunstone

Leona Wisoker: Fires of the Desert

Fires of the Desert is Book Four of Leona Wisoker’s series, Children of the Desert, and, just when you thought things couldn’t get more complex and difficult, they do, although thankfully the darkness of Bells of the Kingdom is ameliorated.

The geographic center of this one is Bright Bay, seat of King Oruen of the . . . → Read More: Leona Wisoker: Fires of the Desert

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy is inarguably one of the seminal works of modern science fiction. It was one of the first to take its inspiration from the social sciences rather than the physical sciences (Gernsback’s formula of “better living through technology” had received a serious blow with the first use of the atomic bomb in . . . → Read More: Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy

In Search of an Elegy

Cover image for Finding My Elegy, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Finding My Elegy, by Ursula K. Le Guin

I have to confess, I’ve stalled writing this review because I don’t want to think about reading any elegies for Ursula Le Guin. I’ve been reading and treasuring her books and essays and poems since I was child growing up in the ‘70s in a single-wide trailer . . . → Read More: In Search of an Elegy

A new story from Charles de Lint: Sheriff Poole & The Mech Gang

Charles de Lint just put a new story up at Amazon and Smashwords.

Here’s what it’s about:

Sheriff Poole & The Mech Gang is set near de Lint’s fictional desert town of Santo del Vado Viejo, where his novels The Mystery of Grace and The Painted Boy take place, and where some of his recent . . . → Read More: A new story from Charles de Lint: Sheriff Poole & The Mech Gang