On the Hellboy Novel

I’m now about halfway through On Earth as It Is in Hell, Brian Hodge’s new novel based on Mike Mignola’s comic book character Hellboy, the World’s Greatest Paranormal Detective. No giant gorillas with huge freakin’ metal bolts sticking out of their necks. Dagnabbit! Despite that failing, however, it is a mildly diverting read. Seraphim attackContinue reading “On the Hellboy Novel”

On another Book Meme

Seen on Keith’s LiveJournal: You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?Sadly, yes. What are you currently reading?Star Trek: Captain’s Blood, by William Shatner and Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens The last book you boughtContinue reading “On another Book Meme”

On More Books in the Mail

Two packages arrived in the mail yesterday. The first had Michael Moorcock’s Gloriana, a fantasy novel about Elizabeth I’s reign. I’d seen the book, recently issued in a new edition, in Barnes & Noble a time or three but hadn’t, for whatever reason, picked up a copy. So when the Science Fiction Book Club offeredContinue reading “On More Books in the Mail”

On a Frustrating Reading Experience

Yesterday I picked up a few books at Barnes & Noble. One was a reference book, another was a history book on the development of the prize courts during the Age of Fighting Sail, another was the first of the Star Trek: Titan novels, and a medieval mystery novel a friend had recommended to me.Continue reading “On a Frustrating Reading Experience”

On Absolution by Murder

I spent yesterday afternoon someplace I’ve not been since college–the laundromat. The dryer at home decided about a week ago that it didn’t want to work anymore, but the laundry still needs to get done, and so a laundromat it was. Anyone who has spent time doing their laundry at a laundromat knows that youContinue reading “On Absolution by Murder”