And here I am, back again with more reviews. Hmm — where to start?
Zombies! Cant’ live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em — which seems to hold true for some people, at least. Christopher Golden has come out with an anthology that reinvents the zombie, according to our reviewer — 21st Century Dead. Or . . . → Read More: You Were Warned
Just popped over to help out for a bit — Mrs. Ware’s got everyone in the kitchen chopping up apples or some-such, and we’ve got reviews piling up in the bin.
We start off with a re-issue of an earlier work by that master of adventure and intrigue, Glen Cook. When we reviewed the Second . . . → Read More: Oh, Hi!
Merlin’s Wood is not precisely part of Robert Holdstock’s Ryhope Wood cycle, as it is set in France, not England. For an author whose other books in the Mythago Wood cycle are English in motif, this is an odd digression. The rest of the Ryhope Wood cycle takes place in and around Ryhope Wood in . . . → Read More: On the Story of Robert Holdstock’s Merlin’s Wood, or The Vision of Magic
Robert Holdstock’s best known for his sprawling Ryhope Wood series, which encompasses, most readers think, four complex novels: Mythago Wood, Lavondyss The Hollowing, Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn, and Avillion. Of course they are some of the finest writing in the English langage, but as Richard Dansky noted in his review of them,
The . . . → Read More: Bone Forest: The True Beginnings of the Holdstock’s Ryhope Wood series
Arthur Rackham’s ‘And they, so perfect is their misery’
Reynard, Brigid, and me were sitting in Toad Hall enjoyin’ a keg of their stout that had just been tapped, and discussin’ which bands were worth bookin’ for The Wild Hunt festival which will have English, Celtic, and Nordic performers, when he said that he had . . . → Read More: On English Folk Tales
Let the fairy-tale begin on a winter’s morning, then, with one drop of blood new-fallen on the ivory snow: a drop as bright as a clear-cut ruby, red as the single spot of claret on the lace cuff.
And thus starts Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners, the first novel in the Riverside series by Ellen . . . → Read More: Ellen Kushner: Mannerpunk, Klezmer, and English ballads
OR Melling wrote this for our Charles de Lint edition…
It’s difficult to review Charles de Lint without getting personal and panegyrical for, as is the case with most if not all of his readers, I feel as if I have had a close relationship with him and his characters for many years now. Like . . . → Read More: Charles de Lint: An Appreciation
I’m up in the Kinrowan Estate library as a way of avoiding all the work that needs doing for our Midsummer celebration in Oberon’s Wood. Even Emma Bull’s busy harvesting more of those odd Border strawberries . Not that I’m adverse to a bit of honest work when need be, but I’m a better fiddler . . . → Read More: Summer Reading
One finds the oddest things in the Archives here at the Kinrowan Estate as I found an odd one-off that Sharyn McCrumb of the Ballads novel fame, did with the able assistance of Sweetwater, a well-known folk band.
Sharyn wrote and recorded ‘The Rowan Stave’, the song that is the heart of her novel, The . . . → Read More: The Rowan Stave: A Sharyn McCrumb Commentary
As usual, our fiction reviews run the gamut from a beloved children’s classic in T.H. White’s The Once and Future King to some that may some day be considered classic. Or not. White’s novel is an Arthurian fantasy that was first published in 1958 and is stitched together from earlier works written between 1938 and . . . → Read More: Fiction: Some Current Reviews