Posts Tagged ‘books’

So, shocking as it is, I read. I read Big 5, I read the ingredients on my food, I even read independently published and some small press stuff. As you probably know, I’m not a big fan of ereading. I have a tablet that’s got a great screen, but never felt the need for a […]

The Thorn of Dentonhill is now available for preorder. If you’ve somehow missed the drop dead gorgeous cover, this is it: The Thorn of Dentonhill is a damn fine book. I’ve had the privilege of reading three additional books in this universe and pre-ordering by YOU will impact how many books are printed, sent to […]

Just before Christmas I came to a tentative deal for two books with the fantastic folks at DAW books. Seeing as the wheels of publishing turn slowly, it took a tiny bit of time to get all the details nailed down. Since then poor Marshall has been sitting on the knowledge he had finally gotten […]

Why Are You Reading This?

Posted: 7th January 2014 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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You heard me! Why are you reading this? Oh wait. Let me guess. You’re that one person who has already bought, read, reviewed, and shared, on all your social networks The Broken Dragon? You know the latest in Irene Radford’s long running universe from DAW books? That’s the book with this lovely cover: I mean, […]

Things to Do At Worldcon: Rayguns Over Texas

Posted: 27th August 2013 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Find yourself a copy of Rayguns Over Texas, an anthology of fantastic fiction. There is a foreword by someone named Bruce Sterling who’s been in print since the 80’s, it is edited by Rick Klaw, and more importantly if features the writing of the amazing Marshall Maresca, along with more than a dozen others including […]

If like the rest of the explored universe you’ve been waiting impatiently for another fix of fantasy by marvel maker James Enge, you can breathe again.   In fact please, please breathe its very hard to run, walk, skateboard, or drive for very long. You certainly wouldn’t be able to do it long enough to […]

This is one of the best books I’ve read in the last two or three years. If you’re looking for a larger than life figure to base a character on, Dr. Howard is the man. If you want to read about civil rights figures beyond Malcolm X, or Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Dr. Howard […]

Silent Dragon Cover

Posted: 17th November 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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The amazing Irene Radford has a new book due out February fifth. I’m sure most of you have already preordered it from your purveyor of treeware already. If not, feast thy eyes, and wander on to your favorite bookstore:     For new fans, this is a great place to start exploring this universe. For […]

Over the last few months I’ve heard the phrase “collapse of the paper book market” thrown about by editors, writers and best of all financial analysts. The lower volume of sales (so much as they are tracked accurately) is undeniable. You can’t make up the collapse of one of the two largest chain retailers over […]

Boskone, and other stuff

Posted: 19th February 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Boskone was fun, well what I saw. I went in for a couple meetings and it being the publishing world those ended up happening in the bar. What I did see was very encouraging, Boskone had a lot more kids and adults below middle age than some I’ve been too. The group dinner at the […]

One of my facebook friends asked me if I ever have time to read for fun. Yes, deities and daemons yes. If I didn’t do that, I’d probably be in a nuthouse talking to the dancing flowers. I do read a lot of slush, and read published stuff for market research, and of course for fun. While all three are […]

One of the things I’ve noticed about even some of the really good books in the science fiction – fantasy continuum is what isn’t there. Of the most enduring books and longest running series, they all cut a wide swathe through the mainstream of social and cultural events and activities. Sherlock Holmes plays a musical […]

Sunset without shadows   Let me start off by saying I’ve read more YA in the past three years, than I did as a young adult, or teenager, or adolescent or young person or whatever it is we’re supposed to call homo sapiens between twelve and eighteen. That said, the total number of YA books […]

Four on the floor, another ASR

Posted: 14th February 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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The four books I read this time are all interesting, and from just two publishers. K. E. Mills’ The Accidental Sorcerer is a fantasy, set in a world that has an early electric age feel with a lot of magic. Gerald Dunwoody is our title character who has all the good fortune of a plague […]

Anti Slush Report a fantastic foursome

Posted: 24th November 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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   First up was Amsterdam by the redoubtable Elizabeth Bear. I really liked this one, it has an episodic feel with each chapter leading into the next, but semi distinct. The first chapter feels like The Orient Express which I suspect is as accidental as pulling your own teeth. The main characters are fun, and […]

Some non fic recommendations

Posted: 10th November 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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As a follow on to yesterday’s post I’ve got a couple books to recommend. I may have mentioned some of these before, some are pretty basic, some are a bit further afield. The Encyclopedia of Eastern Mythology. ISBN0754800695Great guide to the deities, legends, and more of the eastern world. The cover price was $40 when […]

The human mind is capable of doing amazing things. When you think of if, it’s rather amazing we haven’t made more technological advances. The first airplane was designed without the aid of computers, and the general principles of aerodynamics are not much changed since that time. Someone decided that the funny stuff growing in a […]

Straight from the writers

Posted: 7th November 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I asked a couple of the writers in the Better off Undead anthology about their stories,   Dave Freer says: "If you are writer who has ever wondered just how some works of ‘literary genius’ escaped the toilet, and adore the taxman, read this." Jay Lake says of his story:  Zombie chef searching for an out […]

Shhh!!

Posted: 27th October 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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It’s a conspiracy, I know it is. I took some great picks of the foliage today. Sadly the computer won’t read the memory card. Not in the camera, not in the adapter and not in the memory card reader. Once is chance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action. This is enemy action. I […]

Anti-Slush Report

Posted: 15th October 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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The following people owe me sleep and should make reparations quickly. First up is the delightful Carrie Vaughn. I got to meet her in the lobby of one of the three hundred hotels attendees of Denvetion were spread across. I’m possibly the last person on the planet to read Kitty And the Midnight Hour, but […]