“The Moon Maid,” by Edgar Rice Burroughs: Pulp adventure in the Barsoomian vein

Not long ago, I wrote about my attempt to read the pulp adventures of Doc Savage, as told by Lester Dent. Attempt, I say, for I could not get past all the gee-whiz prose and the absolute perfection of Doc himself. I never finished the book. I must admit, though, that Doc's adventures made me …

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Frank Belknap Long: Great imagination, stilted prose

 If you read enough H.P. Lovecraft, you will bump up against the name of Frank Belknap Long.  Long was a prolific American writer who produced horror fiction, fantasy, science fiction and more. He was among the first to play around with Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos ideas, adding the short story "The Hounds of Tindalos" and others …

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“Dracula Unbound” reviewed, or how a book is not always equal to the sum of its parts

I chose this Brian W. Aldiss story as my Halloween read this year. Yes, I started it before Halloween and just finished it. That's more a reflection of the wee amount of reading time I have these days than it is of the book. Even so, the book did not wow me.    It should …

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‘Moonwar’ too much of a battle for me

   I really, really wanted to like "Moonwar." Near- future science fiction by a guy who knows his science, writing a tale of a Moonbase embroiled in political battles and a takeover threat by Earthers who fear the nanotechnology used at the lunar site? Espionage? Battles? I figured it would have to be good. It …

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‘Gram’s Gift,’ a Faceless Sons story, reprint coming to Residential Aliens …

Keep your eyes peeled for Residential Aliens, print issue 2. That issue will include a sword-and-sorcery story from me called Gram's Gift. The piece is part of my Faceless Sons cycle, in which I recount the exploits of three masked brothers who hunt down the demons unleashed by their power-mad father. Another Faceless Sons tale, …

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Review: “The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein” by Peter Ackroyd

I really wanted to like this book. My fiction reading has slowed to a snail's pace, and I thought this book might get me back into it in a big way. I am a fan of Mary Shelley's excellent "Frankenstein," a fabulous blend of Gothic horror, science fiction and weighty themes. I thought a new …

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