Jack Vance, Andre Norton, and Plot Hooking

September 18, 2018 Bushi 0

Last week, back at the Bushi homeland, Gita wrote a piece about plotting, and Jordan of Anachronistic Robot posted an essay about short story structure. This got me thinking a little. You see, I’ve never given all that much thought to plot or story structure. I’m sure it’s important for […]

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The Witcher and the Tower of Mice

September 17, 2018 Bushi 13

It’s been a while since I played The Witcher 3 for PC, and I imagine it’ll be some time before I’m able to go back to it. Was a beautiful game, though, and a lot of fun. Since I was recently talking about inspiration Sapkowski may have drawn from Michael […]

Witch World

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Witch World

September 5, 2018 Bushi 9

Recently I’ve noticed HP over at Every Day Should Be Tuesday doing these “Can’t Wait Wednesday” post things. Turns out it’s a weekly, multi-blog festival of a sort, hosted by the Wishful Endings book blog. Back when I used to run a blog about Japanese language and culture these sorts […]

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(Belated) Happy Birthday, Jack Vance!

August 29, 2018 Bushi 0

John “Jack” Holbrook Vance was born on 8/28/1916, just a little over one hundred years ago yesterday. “Who is Jack Holbrook Vance?” you may ask. Come, I will explain presently! The man named Jack Vance came from a moneyed family, but upon a turn of fortune was forced from youth […]

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Rudyard Kipling Does Scifi: The Secret of the Machines

August 28, 2018 Bushi 2

I recently found another SF/F podcast that I’ve been digging – Reading, Short and Deep, by SFFAudio. Each episode (available online or through the Apple Podcasts app) consists of the reading of a short SFF work and then some insightful literary analysis and critique by hosts Eric Rabkin and Jesse […]

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Leigh Brackett on Pessimism

August 24, 2018 Bushi 6

If you spend a lot of time reading/watching the news or plumbing the depths of social media, you may feel like everything is going to crap. You may be feeling like it’s time to despair, or that things have reached an all-time low. And I’m not going to pen an […]

Clark Ashton Smith, Zothique

Introduction to the Weird Clark Ashton Smith

August 23, 2018 Bushi 13

When you think “Weird Tales,” H.P. Lovecraft should spring immediately to mind. Even if you’re new to scifi/fantasy, or if you don’t read much horror, you’ve no doubt at least heard of the Master of Cosmic Horror and creator of Cthulhu. If you’re not a fan of the genre, you […]

Jack Vance channels Burroughs: Planet of Adventure

August 16, 2018 Bushi 8

An Earthman finds himself stranded on an alien world peopled by multiple, warring races of men and strange non-human creatures. Armed with courage and wit, trusting in his charisma, combat ability, and survival skills, and guided by compassion and a will to unite the men of this new world, he […]

Tolkien’s Hero Hound Huan

August 13, 2018 Bushi 4

I haven’t been following news of the new Amazon Studios’ Lord of the Rings series very closely, though I have heard that at least the first season (of five initially planned – holy hot dogs!) is going to focus on a young Aragorn. Sheesh. I think I agree with John […]