Friday, September 30, 2011


I recently finished reading Cornelia Funke's Inkheart, one of the titles on my Fill in the Gaps list.  It took me a little longer to get into the book than I expected, but once I did, I couldn't put it down.  It was a fun read overall, though the beginning didn't suck me in quite like I expected it to do.

The writing is good, the story is a fun one, and it is well set into a specific tradition (fantasy world for bibliophiles).  The main character, Meggie, becomes a little more lovable over the course of the read, though she didn't grab me right away.  Having finished the book, Fenoglio, Farid, and Dustfinger actually remain my favorite characters, and perhaps Elinor.

I have not seen the movie, and been told by several people that I would not like it as much as you normally would expect me to like a fantasy/bibliophile movie.  I guess that is part of why I didn't run out to see it, and part of why it took me so long to get around to reading the book.  I am glad I read it, even though I'm not exactly running out to buy the next book in the series.  Not that it was bad, just that it I'm satisfied with this one.

I did think there were some fairly interesting parts, and that it probes into some fun concepts for exploration.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I received this announcement from Apex Books recently, and thought I'd pass the word along to other science fiction/fantasy readers here:

APEXOLOGY:Science Fiction and Fantasy
1. The study of literature-based artifacts left by the authors and editors of Apex Publications, particularly of science fiction and fantastical nature
2. An anthology of science fiction and fantasy containing mind-bending, entertaining ideas.
Contained within are eighteen stories to showcase the unique talents that Apex has published and employed in the past six years. Apexology: Science Fiction and Fantasy contains work from award winners, legends, and New York Time bestsellers.
Apexology: Science Fiction and Fantasy is available now in ePub, Mobi (i.e. Kindle) and PDF formats for one low price at!

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Voices of the Elders

My third poetry collection is due out in February 2012 from Sam's Dot Publishing.  Entitled Voices of the Elders, it is the second in the series that began with Under the Ash earlier this year.

Both of my earlier poetry collections, Under the Ash and Cyborg Chimera, were also published with Sam's Dot.  You can order them online at the Sam's Dot book store.

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