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 […]

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Colonized

March 4, 2019 Bushi 5

I was sick again at the end of last week. My son turns one this month, and to be honest I was a little surprised I hadn’t gotten sick more often this past year. I guess it’s catching up with me now. One thing I did while I was out […]

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 […]

Disney’s Slide and Princess Leia Revisionism

February 13, 2019 Bushi 15

So yesterday the Star Wars Twitter account tweeted something kind of dumb: Until she blasted a hole in the floor and slid them down to certain death, and was only saved because they brought R2. Without the droid, Leia would have killed them all. https://t.co/khMCH42NOv — Daddy Warpig (@Daddy_Warpig) February […]

Bring out your dead

February 12, 2019 Bushi 3

  I’ve been sick the past few days, so please excuse the lack of content. Not quite dead yet, but I am going to use this to make a rather clumsy transition (*wait for it). Something I wanted to share – a week and change ago, Emperor’s Notepad wrote a […]

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The Word-Hoard: Brogue

February 8, 2019 Bushi 3

Brogue n. An Irish or Scottish way of speaking English.   I feel like this is a word I should have known a long time ago, and maybe if you come from good Celtic stock you’re already familiar with it. As commonly as Irish or Scottish accents tend to crop […]

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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 […]

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Burroughs by the Numbers

January 28, 2019 Bushi 3

I recently shared some thoughts on The Mucker, one of Edgar Rice Burrough’s not-SFF adventure stories. While it wasn’t among my favorites, so far as his work goes, it wasn’t a bad read, and in some respects I’d even say it gives Tarzan a run for its money. Returning to Burroughs did […]

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Cirsova on Kline and Getting the Girl

January 24, 2019 Bushi 3

Yesterday Alex at Cirsova posted a little piece on O. A. Kline’s “Doc Morgan” series. Interesting observation about Kline’s handling of his protagonists’ love interests: Unlike Brackett’s bad-boy heroes who often end up with the bad-girl (if he didn’t kill her), Kline’s heroes may go after the good one and […]