Adventures in Unhistory by Avram Davidson | Book Review

Imagine if you will that, when you were younger, you had an older relative — a grandfather or great-aunt — who was something of an armchair historian regarding mythology. Every now and then, when you were visiting, you’d make your way to their study, sit in one of the overstuffed chairs by the fire, and […]

Shadowbred by Paul S. Kemp | Book Review

Wizards of the Coast and Forgotten Realms: Names that echo fancies of Dungeons and Dragons. The mere whisper of D&D can illicit comments from all shades of life, which proves that it has transcended other games by embedding its existence in society. To fantasy readers, on the other hand, those names recall a different thought. […]

Red Baker by Robert Ward | Book Review

In 1985 Robert Ward, Baltimore native and reporter for The Baltimore Sun, published Red Baker. It was met with critical acclaim and won the PEN West prize for Best Novel of 1985, but nobody bought it and it faded away into obscurity. Wards depiction of the blue collar Baltimoron prompted Hollywood to come to Charm […]

American Skin| a Ken Bruen interview

Since the explosive popularity of The Guards Ken Bruen has quickly become one of the foremost crime fiction writers. His bold style is immediately recognizable but not easily imitated and is wholly unique. He went to college at St. Joseph’s College and went on to earn a Ph.D. in metaphysics. After school he was briefly […]

Probable Cause by Theresa Schwegel | Book Review

Ray Weiss is a rookie police officer in Chicago. As a part of an initiation ritual rookies are expected to break into a store steal something for he senior officers and get out. When Ray’s time come he breaks into a local jewelry store and once inside finds the dead body of the store owner. […]

The Magdalen Martyrs by Ken Bruen | Book Review

Jack Taylor continues to be a fascinating and compelling character in spite of his self destructive tendencies. The more we get to know him we become convinced that we’d like to meet him and have a drink. The Magdalen Martyrs is the third entry in the Jack Taylor series and is the darkest one yet. […]

No Dominion by Charlie Huston | Book Review

No Dominion, the second book in the Joe Pitt Casebooks series by Charlie Huston, kicks off right in the middle of things with Pitt and his girlfriend Evie at a bar. Pitt is getting beat pretty handily by another vampyre. This shouldn’t be happening because as has been hinted at in the past and will […]

Nothing Personal | a Jason Starr interview

This week our On the Spot guest is Jason Starr. His seventh novel, Lights Out, was released this past October. His other novels include: Twisted City, Tough Luck, Hard Feelings, Fake I.D., Nothing Personal and Cold Caller. He has co-authored one novel, Bust, with Ken Bruen and the sequel is due out in 2007. The […]

American Skin by Ken Bruen | Book Review

It was only a matter of time before Bruen had set a story here and we have been waiting with baited breath for it. Well the wait is over; American Skin is Bruen does America. In the last couple of years, since the explosive popularity of The Guards, Ken Bruen has had a large swell […]

The Killing of the Tinkers by Ken Bruen | Book Review

The power of Bruen’s prose poetry continues to amaze as he continues to plumb the dark depths of Jack Taylor’s soul. At the end of The Guards Jack Taylor left Galway in order to start a new life in London. The expectation was that the next book would chronicle those times. But in the beginning […]

Ysabel – a Guy Gavriel Kay Interview

This week our featured author  is critically acclaimed, award-winning writer Guy Gavriel Kay, author of the soon-to-be released novel Ysabel, and many other historical fantasies including The Last Light of the Sun and Tigana. A big thanks and welcome to Mr. Kay!

Warrior and Witch by Marie Brennan | Book Review

From its cover one might suspect Marie Brennan’s Warrior and Witch to be a fantasy-romance hybrid, but there is actually very little romance in this tale of magic, politics and cultural change. Also misleading about the cover is its failure to note that this is a sequel to Brennan’s previous novel Doppelganger (the story, and […]

The White Trilogy by Ken Bruen | Book Review

The White Trilogy is an omnibus edition that contains the three novels The White Arrest, Taming the Alien and The McDead. They are interrelated novels with the same cast of characters; in fact The White Trilogy reads more like one book instead of three separate ones. It is also important to note that these books […]

Ex Machina: The First Hundred Days | Comic Book Review

Ex Machina has at its heart two central conceits. One of them is readily apparent from the outset, is proudly displayed on the back cover summary, is the main calling card and probably the reason that the book was picked up in the first place. What if a super hero became an elected official? Mitchell […]