Micro-SFF: The Anome

June 29, 2020 Bushi 0

After a couple of disappointing SFF pickups (which I may talk about at a later time), I recently started grazing on another Jack Vance book. It’s been a great little diversion while I pop back and forth between the endless toil of life and a couple non-fiction reads. The Anome […]

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Bloody Fruit

June 25, 2020 Bushi 0

I was born in the mountains, in a small village amid pine and snow. My baptism was conducted in the river Sho, and my mother said that I was born under an auspicious star. For several years I lived in relative happiness high up on Mount Haku. During my fifth […]

Something Witchy about Netflix’s the Witcher

March 16, 2020 Bushi 6

Thanks to the virulence sweeping through the world, I’m working from home this week and perhaps more to come. The half-boiled Bushi thoughts are percolating. I’ve been trying to reclaim a little bit of recreation time after the little guy goes to bed, and over the past few weeks I […]

The Decent Dickson

December 5, 2019 Bushi 2

I made an important announcement on Twitter the other day: I don’t have much time these days, but I did trade a few hours of sleep recently to read this bad boy. The last time I read any SFF was several months ago, when I unceremoniously blitzed through the last […]

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

August 7, 2019 Bushi 1

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: Fair is Foul, Foul is Fair

April 26, 2019 Bushi 18

I recall at some point reading commentary by some Twitter peers to the effect of “we moderns have lost sight of the fact that sin takes a physical toll on the body.” This was probably accompanied by a picture of some hated politician. Now this isn’t to say that sinful […]

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 […]

Change of Focus

April 1, 2019 Bushi 7

I made an important announcement on Twitter the other day. It is with mingled joy, hope, and sorrow, that I have decided to pursue a career uniting two lifelong passions – pickling and peddling.   Yes, I have decided to leave the breakneck world of SFF. The consumption of science […]