The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Of Strange Worlds and Heroic Adventure

– compiled by Wombat-socho For once, the New York Times Magazine got something right: when they profiled Jack Vance in 2009, they described him as “one of American literature’s most distinctive and undervalued voices”. This verges on understatement. Vance was equally at home in fantasy, mystery and SF, winning awards in all three genres, and […]

The Riot Ideology in Ferguson

Ginning up racial strife is bad for business: Fusion, a Website that’s an, err fusion between Univision and ABC/Disney is shocked that Ferguson real estate prices are “Down nearly 50 percent since Michael Brown’s death.” There’s more than a hint of bias in that subhead, as the cause wasn’t Brown’s death after he slugged a […]

Space Battleship Yamato
And Other Disasters

– by Wombat-socho It’s been a couple months since the last book post, I think, and with tax season being the usual pain in the butt that it is, I haven’t had time to do much reading – at least not of anything new. Let’s start at the beginning and work forward, shall we? I […]

Berserkers And Other Stories

– compiled by Wombat-socho In his foreword to Keith Laumer’s Future Imperfect, Joel Rosenberg* praised Laumer and the other authors who may not have won any awards, but nonetheless did a good job of delivering entertaining stories of great adventure starring determined heroes. They often created characters and concepts that long outlived them – in […]

Quick Hits

–by Wombat-socho Noticed this in passing: the extremely weird fantasy novel by Mary Gentle, Grunts, is available for $1.99 on the Kindle. For those unfamiliar with it, Grunts is about a bunch of orcs about to lose the Last Battle against the forces of Good, despite having the numerical, strategic and tactical advantages…until they find […]

What I Read On My Christmas Vacation

– by Wombat-socho It’s been a few weeks since I did a book post, so I’ll try and make up for it by covering a decent variety of stuff. First, I want to talk about John Ringo’s Ghost and Kildar, which are more technothrillers than SF. To put it briefly and bluntly, if you liked […]

Secret Wars And Silos

– compiled by Wombat-socho I thought I’d already read David Drake’s What Distant Deeps, the eighth book in his Lieutenant Leary/RCN series, but I was wrong, and gladly so. Drake has become a master of filing the serial numbers off obscure historical events, repainting them, and turning them into decent adventure novels, and What Distant […]

The Index Is Up!

– by Wombat-socho Good heavens. I’ve been doing book posts since May of 2013. So many books, plus a few videogames, movies, and a Weird Al album. Anyway, the index is up at Wombat’s Bookshelf. Feel free to look through the list, maybe click on the links and buy some books. Tis the season for […]

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