Circling back on Solomon Kane

December 31, 2018 Bushi 8

Yesterday Jeffro posted a little spotlight on Solomon Kane, and it reminded me of something from a couple years ago. While making an interesting observation about the reaction of normal folk to heroes like Kane, Jeffro draws a comparison to Mad Max. I don’t believe he’s calling Kane a madman, […]

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Andre Norton’s Witch World

December 28, 2018 Bushi 7

I know I said I couldn’t wait to read Witch World, but I could have waited. I’m not sure  what it was about Norton’s writing in this one, but it just didn’t flow. I can’t remember having to reread sentences so many times to get their meaning! At least I […]

More ChristmaSFF

December 26, 2018 Bushi 4

A merry Christmas to all of you, and a blessed New Year (soon enough)! The Bushi family had a nice holiday, though too short – true to form for any Tuesday break. I’m grateful that our first son’s Christmas was bountiful for him – we were able to buy him […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Lost Virtue of Lean Prose

December 12, 2018 Bushi 21

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 […]


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, […]