Wolfwinter by Thomas Burnett Swann—1972

Wolfwinter by Thomas Burnett Swann My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read Wolfwinter on the advice of the myth-master Charles de Lint. He implied that Thomas Burnett Swann had a muse-ic effect on his works.

In Swann I have discovered another great author who makes the ancient stories and beliefs and cultures come […]

The Space Machine by Christopher Priest

The Space Machine: A Scientific Romance by Christopher Priest My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A clever and enjoyable conflation of HG Wells’ War of the Worlds and his The Time Machine. At first it read like a Victorian comedy of manners, but as it moved into SF adventure, became a 70’s SF action-adventure. I […]

Moonheart by Charles de Lint, book #1 of the Ottawa and the Valley Series

Moonheart by Charles de Lint My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great read of a modern Mythic Fiction based on Celtic mythology, primarily from Welsh sources interlaced with North American Indigene mythos (Ottawa). Many would consider it an Urban Fantasy today, but I found its use of its ancient sources most compelling. It is filled […]

Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnson (The 1st Formic War, book 1)

Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ender’s Game is one of the Masterpieces of Science Fiction space opera literature. This novel, the 1st in a trilogy of prequels expands on the Formic wars, mentioned in Ender’s Game.

This 1st prequel is a disappointment. My take is that it […]

Mordred, Bastard Son by Douglas Clegg

Mordred, Bastard Son: Book One Of The Mordred Trilogy by Douglas Clegg My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve read much of the modern Arthurian fiction as well as much of the early sources and thoroughly enjoyed this take on Mordred. I only wish Clegg had finished (will finish) the trilogy. I’d like to know […]

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wildwood Dancing is a Fairy Tale for all family readers.

Juliet’s great strength is transforming a locale and people’s myths and legends into wonderful fiction involving the reader in the culture of her interest. She succeeds wonderfully in this book about medieval Transylvania […]

Stalking Tender Prey by Storm Constantine

Stalking Tender Prey by Storm Constantine My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novel has all of the characteristics that make Storm Constantine such a compelling author. The world she creates is conflated from the Sumarian creation myth of Enlil and Ninlil with the ancient Kabbalah and more recent Christian Cabbalistic apocryphal influences, especially the […]

Solar by Ian McEwan

Solar by Ian McEwan My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was disappointed and surprised with this novel. I was disappointed since I expected much more from McEwan’s prose and because this novel spent so much time on Beard’s love life and gluttony, which bored me. It surprised me as the science and the problems […]

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An endgame in progress forever awaiting resolution, the trap of beliefs, The Yid is fucking brilliant. It’s a mystery that’s solved about a mystery whose solution forever remains elusive. It’s an alternative history that’s is more real than history. It’s not Sci-Fi […]

The Sisterhood of Dune

Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert My rating: 4 of 5 stars

IMO, this is the best book so far of the Dune prequels or expanded universe, whichever you prefer. It is a nexus in the Dune universe, a node from which many branches remain to be explored. I wanted to give it 5*, but […]