Dilvish, the Damned: Zelazny does #NotTolkien Fantasy

October 3, 2018 Bushi 7

You might argue that Roger Zelazny’s brand of fantasy is plenty infected by modernism, as some would put it. You might also argue that he was doing some hard drugs when he wrote it. But it’s not the apple that fell from the Tolkien tree of Fantasy. Earlier this year […]

The Word-Hoard: Beldame

October 2, 2018 Bushi 0

Beldame n. 1. An old woman, especially an ugly one; a hag. 2. (Obsolete) Grandmother.   When I did a Google search for “beldame,” the first several pages of results mostly related to a famous racehorse from the early 1900’s, so it may be worth keeping in mind that the […]


Hallowread: Carmilla

October 1, 2018 Bushi 4

It’s become something of mine to do a little special reading for the Halloween season. Two years ago, I read and blogged about Frankenstein along with HP of the Every Day Should Be Tuesday book review blog. Last year was Poctober, a reading of some of Edgar Allen Poe’s stuff. […]


The Word-Hoard: Dray

September 28, 2018 Bushi 0

Dray n. A vehicle used to haul goods; especially a strong cart or wagon without sides.   v. To haul on a dray.   Not too long ago we looked at a similar word – “wain.” Like “wain,” “dray” is another word for a wagon or cart, and like these […]


The Word-Hoard: Shagreen

September 27, 2018 Bushi 3

Shagreen n. 1. An untanned leather covered with small round granulations and usually dyed green. 2. The rough skin of various sharks and rays when covered with small, close-set tubercles.   “Shagreen” is another cool word that I first encountered through Howard’s Conan stories. The material was originally made from horse […]


The Fantasy of Edgar Allen Poe

September 26, 2018 Bushi 0

It seems to be a recurring theme with me – that for years I was unaware of such-and-such an author or was mistaken about the nature of his or her writings. Such was the case with Edgar Allen Poe. Last year, for the Halloween season, I did a little bit […]

Introduction to the Insane Scifi of Cordwainer Smith

September 25, 2018 Bushi 4

Last month I wrote about the largely forgotten grandmaster of weird SFF, Clark Ashton Smith. Recently I’ve revisited the “best of” collection of another undeservedly obscured scifi great (and another Smith) – Cordwainer Smith. I wrote a bit about Cordwainer Smith last year over at the Castalia House blog. If […]


The Word-Hoard: Gulliver’s Travels

September 24, 2018 Bushi 2

It’s a shame, but I think the term “classic literature” puts off a lot of readers. I know that for my part, I long considered “the classics” ponderous books to be read in school. It wasn’t until recent years that I became intellectually curious enough to really start dipping into […]

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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 […]


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 […]