Queen of Kings: The Immortal Story of Cleopatra by Maria Dahvana Headley

Every fan of horror knows that, regardless of how much the idea holds sway over you, you have to work through a couple thousand vampire stories before you find one that's actually worth your time.  I've been spoiled over the years, and I'm picky as a result.  Likewise, I'm just as discerning when it comes to … Continue reading Queen of Kings: The Immortal Story of Cleopatra by Maria Dahvana Headley

Superstitions of the Sea: A Digest of Beliefs, Customs, and Mystery by James G. Clary

This really feels like a reference index, like a dictionary, and probably would be better suited for print.  Even so, it's fun for what it is.  It's certainly one that anyone writing maritime adventures should have on hand.  It's not just sea monsters in here.  All manner of customs and superstitions are listed here from … Continue reading Superstitions of the Sea: A Digest of Beliefs, Customs, and Mystery by James G. Clary

The Story of the Volsungs: The Volsunga Saga by Anonymous

These tales come to us straight from the High Middle Ages.  They were pieced together in the 13th century from earlier oral fragments and translated from the Icelandic into English for the first time in 1888 by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris.  This audiobook is that specific translation, along with a 45-minute introduction that explains it … Continue reading The Story of the Volsungs: The Volsunga Saga by Anonymous

The Lord of the Rings – Book 1, Chapter 11: “A Knife in the Dark”

Back in Crickhollow, Black Riders harass Fatty Bolger, who escapes and announces the invasion by blowing the horn of Buck.  The Riders scatter, knowing that both Frodo and Ring are not there. At the Prancing Pony, Strider learns the hobbit rooms have been ransacked.  All the horses are stolen, leaving no means to travel... except … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 1, Chapter 11: “A Knife in the Dark”

Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka and J.G. Jones

This comic is very much a re-read for me.  Suffice it to say, this has been a long time coming, and it's a pleasure to review it. So let's do this properly, shall we?  A little background... According the post-Crisis / pre-New 52 mythos that I call "home" in DC Comics, Princess Diana of Themyscira represented her … Continue reading Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka and J.G. Jones

The Amazons: Lives & Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World by Adrienne Mayor

Adrienne Mayor impressed me with her book Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs. To have her tackle the subject of the Amazons, a subject of personal fascination to me... suffice it to say, I expected big things. And I got bigger things. Beginning with the myths of Atalanta, this book quickly delves into the … Continue reading The Amazons: Lives & Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World by Adrienne Mayor

Red: A History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey

This book is a fascinating look into the history, mythology, and socio-religious aspects of what it means to be a redhead, backed by science and the popular culture (art, stories, film, etc.) of different eras. The author's writing style makes it even more so, instantly engaging the audience in the topic. On the whole, it's … Continue reading Red: A History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey