Shagduk

Shagduk

This book from Pilum press, doesn't really neatly slot into any categories. It's set in the 1970's, a world I dimly remember from my childhood, in a Texas I have even fainter memories of. Nevertheless it captures something that I have glimpsed the afterimages of, and grew up in the fading echoes. It is real and grounded and almost utterly matter-of-fact, not written at all like your "standard" sci-if or fantasy book, especially of the last couple decades, yet it is magical. It pulls this off wit…

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Looking at Thune's Vision

Looking at Thune's Vision

I've gotten copies of Thune's Vision and Shagduk from the two respective Pilum Press Kickstarters, and oddly, it turns out you can now even order them from Target, if you really want to (please order them from Pilum, or even Amazon, but hey), and they have been worth every penny in production and quality, nevermind the storytelling. Since I'm wrapped up in several reads at the moment, I cannot do justice to Shagduk other than to say it started well, but I had to give some time and attention to…

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Stand Still, Stay Silent, in Hardcopy

Stand Still, Stay Silent, in Hardcopy

Wanting to give Minna Sundberg some support and payback for the pleasure of reading her work [https://sssscomic.com/], I logged into Hivemill and purchased the first volume of her series, Stand Still, Stay Silent. The books are available in hardcover [https://hivemill.com/collections/stand-still-stay-silent/products/stand-still-stay-silent-book-1] and ebook [https://hivemill.com/collections/stand-still-stay-silent/products/stand-still-stay-silent-book-1-ebook] . At nearly $40, it isn't cheap,…

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Forced Perspectives - On Higher Powers 4

Forced Perspectives - On Higher Powers 4

(I'd looked at several of Tim Power's books before - incuding the earlier Vickery and Castine story, Alternate Routes [https://thelastredoubt.com/on-higher-powers-pt-2/]). Since we last saw Vickery and Castine, things had not quite returned to normal. Sure, Ingrid Castine went back to work for the hush-hush transportation agency who's rogue manager had tried to kill her, and Vickery, a former secret service agent, was living a quiet life in a small home near the highway.  But both were a bit un…

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Appendix N-

Appendix N-

It's always year zero for the social justice (and believing) set - so the events of but a few short years back, namely the nomination of Jeffro Johnson's Appendix N [https://arkhavencomics.com/product/appendixn/] to the Hugo slate, and being dismissed among other works and editors for being liked by the wrong people are already ancient history lost in the antiquity of time. And one surely cannot expect a writer for a prestigious outlet like Boingboing to do better than indian tech support, an…

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Higher Powers, Pt. 3

Higher Powers, Pt. 3

I know I've mentioned my love for The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers several times, most recently in my review of Alternate Routes [https://thelastredoubt.com/on-higher-powers-pt-2/]. The book made a profound impact on me decades ago in middle school, and held up well as more than childhood nostalgia disorder when I read it again recently. Nevertheless, I missed a lot of the symbolism in it. For example, the connections between the events in the book and the liturgical year. Then I came acr…

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The Eye, and the White City

The Eye, and the White City

I have the pleasure of knowing Jon Mollison [http://jonmollison.com/2020/05/14/book-clubbing/], Alexandru Constantin [https://thedacian.com/2020/05/12/short-story-book-club-introduction/], and Sky Hernstrom. I got to know Sky Hernstrom as a friend before I knew he was an author, and had not read any of his work until he had released The Law of Wolves , and Mortu and Kyrus in the White City. Alexandru over at Dacian has proposed a kind of book-club blog discussion, which Jon has picked up on. A…

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On Higher Powers, Pt 2.

On Higher Powers, Pt 2.

I know I have once mentioned Tim Powers [https://thelastredoubt.com/on-higher-powers/], and specifically the book of his that left an impression on me for nearly 40 years to the point of tracking it down and buying it. Drawing of the Dark was as good as remembered, possibly better and weirder - and so I bought a couple more of his books. While one of his better known works, Anubis Gates, is in my reading pile, I ended up reading a much more recent work first, the hidden-world modern fantasy Alte…

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