I made the early error of presuming I could read - and thereby review – this book by the same rules and standards of other fiction, but such conventions are meaningless to Cormac McCarthy. What he has created in Blood Meridian is something altogether distinct, and as such requires a different lens through which to examine it.
Author: Dennis G. Pike
Book Review – The Cuckoo’s Calling
I began reading this novel knowing that, (even because) it was published under J.K. Rowling’s ‘nom de plume’, and so I was curious to see how it would differ to her Harry Potter books, and of course, by extension, how it would resemble them as well.
Book Review – The Bone Clocks
By far the strength of ‘The Bone Clocks’ comes from its characters. From rebellious Holly Sykes, through the charismatic (yet dastardly) Hugo Lamb, to self-absorbed author Crispin Hershey, Mitchell imbues each with a unique voice, and an ample number of pages in which to convey it.
In Due Time
Things are quiet here at The Lost Way, and not only because the world outside has been immobilized by a crippling ice storm. The silence has arisen from my deliberately withholding the new content I've been working on, in anticipation of 'opening day', if you will.
Book Review – The Blue Firedrake
The narrative of ‘The Blue Firedrake’ revolves around the nefarious actions of Elinor Shaw, an historical figure, being the last woman in England to be burned alive for the practice of witchcraft...
Book Review – Zone One
The story arc of Zone One is a glimpse into the life of one Mark Spitz, zombie-apocalypse survivor cum military seek-and-destroy grunt, enlisted in the effort to reclaim Manhattan from the hordes of undead...
Book Review – La Belle Sauvage
Once again Philip Pullman has drawn me into the welcoming yet menacing world of Brytain, Lyra’s parallel universe. Welcoming for all of its post-Victorian quaintness - warm fires and cozy pubs, pastoral landscapes populated equally by salt-of-the-earth commoners, tweedy scholars and graceful aristocrats - yet menacing for the insidious elements of religious zealotry that threaten to destroy this outwardly idyllic world.
Updates from the Writing Desk
Looking back at my last post, I realize now that I chose a poor place to leave my blog hanging. I could have at least written, drums, drums in the deep. They are coming. Or perhaps in the Castle of Aaargh! But at the time I had other concerns...
Where The Work Happens
NaNoWriMo Day 15. Novel Day... well, that's a tough one to peg down. I've been working more or less full-time on Warden of the Lost Way since August of 2015. Back then I was still calling it The Maiden War, but even then I wouldn't have called it the beginning. I wrote the novel's first words on January … Continue reading Where The Work Happens