Burrough’s The Mucker

January 18, 2019 Bushi 4

So I just finished reading The Mucker, and it was…not bad. I may have liked it better than Tarzan, or maybe I should say I liked certain elements better. [Tasty spoilers ahead] Ladies first – Barbara Harding was a way better character and love interest than Jane Porter. It kind of felt […]

Dragon Masters

Jack Vance’s The Dragon Masters

January 16, 2019 Bushi 4

All those Vance books on the shelf. Staring at me, eyeless. Somehow judging me, despite lack of faculty. Beckoning. Tantalizing. So I finally read The Dragon Masters, a title I’ve seen recommended a number of times now. It wasn’t my favorite Vance work, but it was a Vance work. In other […]

Condemn

The Word-Hoard: Obloquy

January 14, 2019 Bushi 5

Obloquy n. 1. Strong public condemnation. 2. Disgrace, especially that brought about by public condemnation.   “Obloquy” isn’t a difficult word, but it’s one that you probably haven’t seen before, or at least not often – typical Vance-favored vocabulary. From the Latin ob (against) and loqui (speak), “obloquy” then makes for a nice […]

Pigeons from Hell

Howardian Horror

January 9, 2019 Bushi 14

I was recently gifted The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard. I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, perhaps since Alex of Barbarian Book Club wrote about it. I’m not sure if the copy he’s got features that sweet illustration of a guy fighting a sea monster, but […]

Total Recall

We Can Remember It For You Wholesale: Partial Recall

January 7, 2019 Bushi 5

When I read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? a few years ago, I was struck by how much it deviated from its Hollywood counterpart, Blade Runner. In retrospect I shouldn’t have been – film adaptations are notorious for drifting away from source material. It’s no surprise, then, that “We Can Remember […]

Habiliment

The Word-Hoard: Habiliment

January 4, 2019 Bushi 3

Habiliment n. 1. (Usually habiliments) Clothes or clothing. 2. Accouterments or trappings.   Originally from the Old French habillement, meaning “clothe,” “habiliments” is a nice change-up from the usual words you might use for clothing, like garb, garments, or duds. There are actually quite a few terms for clothing, but this […]

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Mucking about

January 2, 2019 Bushi 7

Gitabushi has been prodding me for a while now to read The Mucker, one of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ lesser known novels. I’m generally not a fan of “Just power through the first 100 pages and then it gets really good” stories, but seeing as how I’ve plowed a-ways through and I’m […]