Jack Vance, Big Planet, and the Spirit of D&D

August 7, 2019 Bushi 0

The withdrawal symptoms were getting to me. The mind-tendrils prod and poke whenever I pass the bookshelf and my eye is drawn to the as of yet unread volumes of Vancian delight. So I’ve been reading Big Planet. In some ways I feel like I’ve been to this party before. Big […]

Micro-SFF: The Book of Three

July 30, 2019 Bushi 0

It only took me a couple months of vacillating between reading a few pages before bed and staring at the cover for a few moments and deciding I didn’t have the energy to read before bed, but I’ve finally finished Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three. It’s a nice young adult […]

Prydain Pickups

June 12, 2019 Bushi 10

I live! If one can call existence without regular reading “living.” Ah, the demands on a startup pickle farmer! Despite my lack of disposable time, I’ve still been adding to my collection and building up a stock for my progeny. It’s yard sale season, and I’ve been hitting some up […]

Micro-SFF: Quick Musing on Vance’s Characters

April 12, 2019 Bushi 2

Status: Alive I know no one cares about unjustly obscured SFF these days, but man Jack Vance’s stories would make for some awesome movies or TV shows, especially with the big budget productions we see so frequently today. I guess the real question is – who would be unwoke enough […]

Moon Pool

The Moon Pool Has Merit

March 13, 2019 Bushi 3

I’m not sure what it is about The Moon Pool. I’ve been picking at it for weeks. I read a few pages before bed most nights, and it feels like I’ve been doing so forever. A. Merritt is an author of the old school, with every connotation the phrase brings. His […]

Killer AI: Final Thoughts on Brother Assassin

March 6, 2019 Bushi 5

I don’t have a lot more to say about Brother Assassin. The book is well-paced, broken up into three sequential story segments. Normally time travel stories can pretty easily develop into something of a tangled clusterfark, but I found Saberhagen’s approach quite engaging. In each part, the berserkers adjust their strategy […]

The Scifi Totally-Not-Galileo

March 5, 2019 Bushi 3

I’m almost done with Brother Assassin, but wanted to share this nugget. The third part of the book is about defending this indispensable historical figure from the berserkers, and this guy is Totally Not Galileo! I recently discovered that Saberhagen was a practicing Catholic. It also appears he was historically […]

Initial Thoughts on Saberhagen’s Brother Assassin

February 22, 2019 Bushi 6

Yesterday I received a stack of books and booze from my wife for my birthday. I was a little ashamed, because I’ve already got such a large collection of unread ones and I keep adding more to my wish list. She has complained to me more than once that I’m […]

Revisiting the Gray Prince

February 19, 2019 Bushi 2

As I slowly make my way through A. Merritt’s The Moon Pool, I am already contemplating other reads. Fred Saberhagen’s Brother Assassin, the sequel to the excellent Berserker, looms large on my nightstand. And then there’s a pile of Vance books I’ve built over the past few months. The Last Castle and Lyonesse in particular tantalize […]

Dune

Dune on Change

January 31, 2019 Bushi 2

Yesterday Twitter buddy Kes of RMWC Reviews commented on a Matt Walsh opinion about young people and moving: "There is no reason not to move" Friends, family, the sunset fading behind the trees on a warm summer's eve as you sit on the porch, a place that has value because […]