Clark Ashton Smith and D&D: It’s a Trap!

August 6, 2021 Bushi 2

It’s always a little bit of a pot-stir to grouse about a particular author having been wrongfully omitted from Appendix N. I know, because I’ve gotten into it over C. L. Moore in the past! Of course Appendix N can’t be wrong. I like how Michael Curtis put it at the […]

Getting Gor’ed

July 22, 2021 Bushi 0

Gor is one of those series/settings you hear mixed things about, if you hear of it.   So far the story strikes a lot of Burroughsian chords, with a particularly Barsoomian beat. The writing isn’t quite as good and some of the ideas don’t seem as well thought-out to me, […]

It’s Been a Year?

July 15, 2021 Bushi 0

Egad and by the Power of Grayskull! I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I last posted. I’d like to recount some of my amazing exploits and accomplishments since our last touch-in, but I’ve got a serious case of Dad Brain these days. Like, I don’t even remember […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]