Monthly Archives: January 2017

War of The Worlds: H G Wells: Retro Book Review#2

War of the Worlds is a science fiction classic by anyone’s standards. It has inspired comics, movies, more movies, other novels, TV shows like the classic 1970’s series The Tripods, yet more movies, most recently starring Tom Cruise. A mass … Continue reading

Posted in books, Passing Place, pointless things of wonderfulness, retro book reviews, writes | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Self-publishing: A Guidebook for the Tourist#2: Reviews

“There are a whole lot of people out there in internet-land trying to help you become a self-publishing genius. The vast majority of them have one thing in common. They are trying to make money out of you.” As I … Continue reading

Posted in self-publishing, writes | Tagged , | 5 Comments

The Transition of Juan Romero: the complete Lovecraft #10

‘The Transition of Juan Romero‘ is a strange fish as far as Lovecraft’s fiction goes. Like ‘Old Bugs‘ it was first published posthumously by Arkham House as Lovecraft himself disavowed the story, and refused to allow it to be published in his … Continue reading

Posted in Lovecraft, retro book reviews, rites | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Self-Publishing: A Guidebook for the Tourist#1

There are a whole lot of people out there in internet-land trying to help you become a self-publishing millionaire. The vast majority of them have one thing in common. They are trying to make money out of you. Indeed judging … Continue reading

Posted in publication, self-publishing, writes | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

20000 Leagues under the Sea: Jules Verne: Retro Book Review

If you want to know about a classic, and any book that survives in print long enough generally gets considered a classic, there are plenty of dry Wikipedia entries you could read.  No one reviews them in the way they … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, pointless things of wonderfulness, retro book reviews, steampunk | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Hope Amid the Slaughter

There is the tiniest spark of hope in the face of a malignant cancer that is eating away at the natural world. beautiful Where I have to start instead is with the opposite of hope. The West African black rhino has … Continue reading

Posted in pointless things of wonderfulness, politics, rights | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Old Bugs: The Complete Lovecraft #9

Lovecraft tells the tale of ancient star beings lurking under the oceans. Insect intelligence watching human from the outer planets. Strange monsters in the darkness waiting only to pray upon those who are foolish enough to call attention to their … Continue reading

Posted in Lovecraft, retro book reviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment