Science Fiction


Weekly freebie #18: The Room

Hey! I have to tell you, I’m not entirely certain I like this week’s story. A shame to lead off with it, if it doesn’t work, though I did get a favorable beta-reader response. (Semi-spoiler: I was told it had a happy ending. Who knew? Not I. Maybe you’ll see what I mean…) On the…


Book review: Off to Be the Wizard, by Scott Meyer

Published by 47North, an Amazon imprint, this is a jewel of a book aimed squarely at the computer geeks among us. Well, and maybe those who are, for whatever reason, entertained by geeks. Maybe including my wife, for instance, but I don’t think she’s actually read this one yet, so I could be flat wrong…


Book review: The Legacy Human, by Susan Kaye Quinn

Yo! I’ve been reading Susan Kaye Quinn’s books for a while now. I’ll tell you up front that I think she’d benefit from a copyeditor. Or maybe a second copyeditor, because I think she already pays one. Nothing too horrible, but there are occasional misused words that throw me off. On the other hand, she…


Book review: Timecaster, by J.A. Konrath

J.A. Konrath, aka Joe Conrath, aka Jack Kilborn, is a heck of a guy. An “indie” superstar, he’s gone out of his way–many times–to help other writers. On top of that? He writes good books. Most of his fiction is in the mystery/thriller range. But my favorites are his two Timecaster novels. Which probably says…


Book review: Dead Clown Barbecue, by Jeff Strand

I was an early adopter of ebooks. Sometime I’ll have to tell you the story of the night I tried to con my wife into skinny-dipping with me in what would have been a public place except it was dark. Also there were javelinas, and deer, and strange noises, and she says I danced on…


Review: Marvin Plotnik

The full title, for those who can’t see the cover image: Marvin Plotnik and the Sandy Rivers Hilltop Ranch for Wayward Youth, Juveniles, and Young Adults. You can probably see what you’re getting into, just from that. I read this book a few years ago, after the author said hello on Twitter (@D_S_Thornton) after I’d…