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Jurgen the Clever

September 21, 2018 Bushi 2

Owing to the intensity of starting a new job in a rushed situation, my reading of Witch World has been placed on hold. I have, however, been able to get some Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice in, for reasons only immediately obvious to myself. Jurgen is an odd but wonderful admixture. Filled to […]

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Doing Mobile SFF for Free!

September 20, 2018 Bushi 7

On the most recent episode of Geek Gab, our hosts talked a little about reading and buying digital vs paper books. Of course it’s not a new discussion – for some people, there’s no adequate substitute for the physical sensation of a book in their hands. “Real” books are much […]

Jack Vance, Andre Norton, and Plot Hooking

September 18, 2018 Bushi 0

Last week, back at the Bushi homeland, Gita wrote a piece about plotting, and Jordan of Anachronistic Robot posted an essay about short story structure. This got me thinking a little. You see, I’ve never given all that much thought to plot or story structure. I’m sure it’s important for […]

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The Witcher and the Tower of Mice

September 17, 2018 Bushi 13

It’s been a while since I played The Witcher 3 for PC, and I imagine it’ll be some time before I’m able to go back to it. Was a beautiful game, though, and a lot of fun. Since I was recently talking about inspiration Sapkowski may have drawn from Michael […]

What’s the Rush?

September 12, 2018 Bushi 0

I can’t recall where it was that I first came across the concept of “rushes” being strewn about the floor of a lord’s castle. It may very well have been in one of George R. R. Martin’s Fire and Ice books. I know I’ve seen it since then as a recurring […]

Bedknobs and Broomsticks and the Disney Demon

September 4, 2018 Bushi 6

I’d venture to guess that many kids growing up in the 80’s and early 90’s, like myself, watched a somewhat strange amalgam of television programming. My early memories are smattered with various Disney and Rankin and Bass productions, a variety of shows with weird puppets, and even a Japanese anime […]

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(Belated) Happy Birthday, Jack Vance!

August 29, 2018 Bushi 0

John “Jack” Holbrook Vance was born on 8/28/1916, just a little over one hundred years ago yesterday. “Who is Jack Holbrook Vance?” you may ask. Come, I will explain presently! The man named Jack Vance came from a moneyed family, but upon a turn of fortune was forced from youth […]

Secret of Machines

Rudyard Kipling Does Scifi: The Secret of the Machines

August 28, 2018 Bushi 2

I recently found another SF/F podcast that I’ve been digging – Reading, Short and Deep, by SFFAudio. Each episode (available online or through the Apple Podcasts app) consists of the reading of a short SFF work and then some insightful literary analysis and critique by hosts Eric Rabkin and Jesse […]

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Leigh Brackett on Pessimism

August 24, 2018 Bushi 6

If you spend a lot of time reading/watching the news or plumbing the depths of social media, you may feel like everything is going to crap. You may be feeling like it’s time to despair, or that things have reached an all-time low. And I’m not going to pen an […]

Clark Ashton Smith, Zothique

Introduction to the Weird Clark Ashton Smith

August 23, 2018 Bushi 13

When you think “Weird Tales,” H.P. Lovecraft should spring immediately to mind. Even if you’re new to scifi/fantasy, or if you don’t read much horror, you’ve no doubt at least heard of the Master of Cosmic Horror and creator of Cthulhu. If you’re not a fan of the genre, you […]