At first glance, Studying Hammer Horror is a tiny little book. It's a little larger than a mass market paperback, and looks to be as thick as a thick magazine. Let this be a lesson in deceptive appearances. This is 141 pages of PhD level assessment of the foundations of Britain's cult film industry. That's actually … Continue reading Studying Hammer Horror by Victoria Grace Walden
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, novels were first published in serialized formats in newspapers or magazines. It wasn't uncommon for whole chapters to be rewritten, added, or otherwise removed before the story was finally collected as a complete finished novel. Think of it as a means for an author to allow readers to beta read … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera: The Lost Chapter by Gaston Leroux, Caitlin G. Freeman (translator)
It's a fairly standard conceit to treat Bram Stoker's classic vampire novel as a chronicle of an actual event, be it a literal chronicle or as a story designed to cover the truth about what really happened. This sort of thing has been a part of literature almost as long as the story has been … Continue reading Stoker’s Manuscript by Royce Prouty
It's perhaps a foregone conclusion that this biography would open with the 84-day personal hell that was the film shoot for Star Wars. Nothing worked. The droids constantly malfunctioned, the weather was freakishly disastrous in addition to the normal extremes of cold by night and blazing hot by day, the local army was required to rescue … Continue reading George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones
I've been going back to the well of favorites recently. Between the passing of Roger Moore and Adam West, my lowered expectations over Wonder Woman and The Mummy having been met, and the unfortunate writing choices revealed in the new Darth Vader prequel comic from Marvel, I feel like fandom has kicked me in the teeth the last … Continue reading What’s New?
I acquired this book after listening to a podcast, an interview with author Timothy Snyder on Sam Harris' Waking Up podcast. Usually I listen to this podcast as a means raise my own game. It makes me aware of how much I don't know, it affords me the opportunity to chew on new ideas about … Continue reading On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
It's already been a week? I'm not going to lie here; this week went fast. Not that I'm complaining. The long weekend in the country did me a lot of good. The most noise I had to deal with was a cow in labor and another cow about a half mile out sharing in sympathy moos. Ah, … Continue reading Mutterings
It's always a better day when a new J.R.R. Tolkien book finds its way to you. I just received my newly released hardcover of Beren and Lúthien! W00T! Not to put a fine point on things, but Prof. Tolkien has been dead since just before I was born, and he's still releasing books faster than George R.R. … Continue reading New Tolkien!
Forgive me, fellow readers, for I have sinned. It has been... well, I've never confessed in the traditional sense, so who am I kidding here? Regardless, before I can properly review this book, a confession of sorts must be made whereby you will better understand the path that led me to here. Mario Puzo is a … Continue reading The Godfather by Mario Puzo
It's been a while since I updated on life, so I'll do that for those who might be interested. Having finished out the original Ian Fleming James Bond novels, my buddy reader BrokenTune opted to go no further on that particular journey. I'll be continuing on with the other 007 novels accordingly. In the meantime, … Continue reading Personal Projects