Friday, July 27, 2012

Legends of the Fallen Sky

Legends of the Fallen Sky is a poetry, short story, and art collection by Marge Simon and Malcolm Deeley.  I include art in that list because the drawings by Simon were the root of all of the writing in the book, according to the introduction by Deeley.

The world that unfolds in Legends of the Fallen Sky is mystical, magical, and quite poignantly presented.  I am a real fan of works by both Simon and Deeley, and found this collection especially delightful.  I enjoyed going through it section by section, savoring the verse, the prose, and the art at leisure.  I think that is the best way to partake of this particular feast, because there are riches available in it that invite a luxurious enjoyment.

You can get your copy from Sam's Dot Publishing.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

American Empire: Blood and Iron

I picked up Harry Turtledove's American Empire:  Blood and Iron without having read any of the rest of his Southern Victory series.  When I first got started, I thought, "Oh man, what have I gotten into, starting mid-series?"  I expected it to be difficult to catch up with what was going on and how different this alternate history might be from the reality we live in, but as it turned out, after a couple of chapters, it was all very easy and natural to keep reading.

Turtledove's writing is captivating and the story interesting.  I'm most sure I want to get sucked into the whole series, but I can certainly understand how some people would do so.  It's fun reading, and the action moves along at a nice pace.

Alternate history stories can be lots of fun, when done well.  And Turtledove certainly does it well.  If you're looking for a very involved, well-developed alternate history to lose yourself in, you could do worse than this one.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Black Maria

Kevin Young's Black Maria is a wonderful Beat-inspired, film noir-influenced poetry collection.  I enjoyed the pacing of the tale as much as the meter of the verse.  It is a collection I'm very glad I purchased and read.

While Black Maria is more in the genre of the hard-boiled detective than sci-fi, I thought it worth giving the collection a shout-out here (even though this is more my blog for reviews of sci-fi or speculative works).  Kevin Young is an outstanding poet, and Black Maria is an excellent read.  So, even a little out of the normal genres covered here, I thought it worth the mention.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Personifid Project

I've had the Personifid Project on my shelf for years, and kept pushing it further and further down on my TBR list.  It finally pushed its way to the top recently, and I am glad it did.  I enjoyed the read.

You can read my fuller review at the Christian Fiction Shop.  Enjoy!

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