Category Archives: Book Reviews

The Wages of Sin

Snuff Fiction, by Robert Rankin – While Rankin often employs dark humor, this one is even darker than most, focusing on the narrator’s unfortunate friendship with tobacco magnate, terrorist, and generally underhanded guy Doveston. He’s constantly helping out Doveston with … Continue reading

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Super-Battle of the Sexes

Batgirl: A Celebration of 50 Years – I didn’t really know that much about Batgirl, part of the tradition of female superheroes modeled after male characters, although she did have her own personality and motivations. The name Bat-Girl was first … Continue reading

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Overbooked

Song of Edmon, by Adam Burch – I was able to get the Kindle version of this book for free, and found it worth reading. The first novel by Burch, who’s otherwise a classically trained but not particularly well-known actor, … Continue reading

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Beyond Good and Eva

I’m way behind on my book reviews, but I want to space them out a bit. That might mean I’ll finish another book or two before writing them all, but that’s the way these things go sometimes. I’d earlier read … Continue reading

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Save Your Drama for the Yamas

Yama Yama Land: Where Everything Is Different, by Grace Duffie Boylan, illustrated by Edgar Keller – There were several books released in the early twentieth century that were largely imitative of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, both in story and … Continue reading

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Not My First Rodeo

Here are my thoughts on a few Oz books I’ve read recently. Non-Oz book reviews should be coming soon. The Prankster of Oz, by John R. Rose – It’s weird how Oz items I’ve never heard of sometimes show up … Continue reading

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Tesser Action

Many Waters, by Madeleine L’Engle – I’d read L’Engle’s original Time Trilogy back in my younger days, definitely in elementary school for at least the first two and probably the third. I remember A Wrinkle in Time pretty well, and … Continue reading

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