Santa

ChristmaSFF: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus Pt. 2

December 24, 2018 Bushi 2

In Part 1, we had a short look at L. Frank Baum’s background and touched upon his role as America’s first big children’s book author. Baum also seems to have played an early and perhaps major role in the reformation of the fey. Of course his hallmark work, The Wizard […]

The Word-Hoard: Abstemious(ness)

December 21, 2018 Bushi 5

Abstemious adj. 1. Sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet. 2. Characterized by abstinence. 3. Sparing.   I was a honestly a bit surprised when I came across this little number while reading Burroughs. The guy could write, but I generally don’t associate him with words like […]

ChristmaSFF: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus Pt. 1

December 19, 2018 Bushi 2

A Baumy Christmas In preparation for this year’s ChristmaSFF read, I did a little bit of sifting around for information about L. Frank Baum, the author of The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. He’s much more widely known as the writer of the Oz books, which were my early childhood […]

Cavalcade

The Word-Hoard: Cavalcade

December 17, 2018 Bushi 3

Cavalcade n. 1. A line of people, walking, on horses, or in vehicles, who are moving slowly as part of a ceremony. 2. A number of important people, things, or events appearing or happening in a short space of time.   “Cavalcade” originally referred to a horseback procession, and shares […]

Broken Sword

An Introduction to the Epic Poul Anderson

December 14, 2018 Bushi 16

The illustrious Poul Anderson is another one of those scifi/fantasy grandmasters who you’ve probably never heard of if you were born after 1980. Although he was writing until his death in 2001, he seems to have fallen into obscurity in the later decades of his career, which is a damn […]

Conan

The Lost Virtue of Lean Prose

December 12, 2018 Bushi 20

As much as I talk about older scifi and fantasy, I like some contemporary fiction. I’m a fan of the Witcher stories. I like Harry Potter (is that contemporary anymore?). Hell, I was even on the Game of Thrones bandwagon back before HBO picked it up. But looking at a lot […]

Banon

The Word-Hoard: Leonine

December 10, 2018 Bushi 6

Leonine adj. Of, relating to, suggestive of, or resembling a lion.   “Leonine,” from the Latin leo and leoninus, isn’t a difficult word, per say. It did catch my eye in my recent reading of The Swordsman of Mars, however, because it’s so scarcely used compared to many other bestial descriptors. Bovine, ovine, aquiline, […]

Santa

ChristmaSFF: A Santa Story

December 7, 2018 Bushi 5

When I was a kid, I loved the old Rankin and Bass holiday specials (I mean I gobbled up all their stuff, but). They produced a number of Santa-related animations, many still beloved today. The misers were great, memorable characters, but for my money the one that stood out was The […]

Movies

Classic Scifi: The Omega Man, Logan’s Run, Westworld

December 5, 2018 Bushi 0

I’ve been catching up on some classic cinema, thanks to offerings by Amazon Prime Video. I haven’t been that impressed, honestly, but it’s all long-overdue required watching. Let me share a few thoughts and impressions as an expert SFF critic and navelgazer. 1. The Omega Man This one was actually […]

Books

The Pile

December 3, 2018 Bushi 9

So I just bought another pile of books. And I’m in like month…two? Three…? …of working my way through Witch World. I like me some Andre Norton, but man, this thing just isn’t grabbing my attention. What a slog. Meanwhile I’m also working on The Swordsman of Mars, and I’ve identified […]