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Review of The Pale Horseman

Yesterday, I finished reading Bernard Cornwell's The Pale Horseman, the second book in his Saxon Tales, and the fourth Cornwell novel that I have read. The Pale Horseman, set in the times of Alfred the Great, both before and (presumably) during his becoming 'the Great," once again follows Uhtred the Saxon, a pagan who (so [...]


Thoughts on Snowpiercer

The wife and I watched Snowpiercer last week and we both pretty much had the same reaction. It was interesting, glad we watched, but still not sure if we liked or not. To be honest, I'm not sure if it's important that we liked it. It WAS interesting. Some of the shots were amazing and [...]

lights in the deep

I finished reading Brad Torgersen's excellent short story collection, Lights in the Deep. In fact, I actually temporarily stopped reading James S.A. Corey's Leviathan Wakes to read the entire collection after I'd read the first story in the collection, "Outbound," one of the best short stories I've read. It's definitely in my top 10 of [...]

leviathan wakes

James S.A. Corey is, as most everyone knows, the pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. Leviathan Wakes is the first book in their The Expanse series. This is a big idea space opera "hard-ish" science fiction series, just the kind of thing that I like, as in Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep [...]


Finished listening to John Grisham’s The Associate a few days ago. As for Grisham, I like most of his stuff just fine, finding most of his novels for the most part what is sometimes called beach reading. Nothing too deep, good plot with usually a decent twist ending that you might or might not see [...]