An ancient evil awakes near the small town of Canyon Shadows, Utah. Garrett Porter, an antiques dealer whose wife and daughter died in a car crash a year ago and who is trying to quit drinking, is drawn to the town. Troy Grimes, a man investigating his father’s suicide and who’s trying to quit smoking, is also drawn to the town. The mysterious Sheriff Dan Blackwood lives in Canyon Shadows and can sense something big is coming. When an ancient evil has the ability to possess the bodies of both the living and the dead, you can’t feel safe around anybody. Continue reading
When we last left Don Juan, he had become the toast of the town in London. So what happens next? Well, as usual, Byron starts with some general musings. I liked this bit in which he points out that there isn’t that much difference between a saint who lives a life of poverty and a miser: Continue reading
When we last left Don Juan, he had just arrived in England where he will remain for the remainder of the poem. Byron starts, as we’ve come to expect, by writing whatever he happens to be thinking about at the time. This time, it’s death. Continue reading
We again see elite panic in the aftermath of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake. The government ordered buildings bulldozed even when there were people still inside. But we also see altruism since many students lay down in front of the bulldozers to stop them. Continue reading
When disaster strikes, many people believe all hell breaks loose and it’s every person for themselves, but in her book, A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit makes the case that people actually pull together and become more altruistic than normal in the wake of catastrophe. Continue reading
When we last left Don Juan, he was in Russia and Catherine the Great had taken a shine to him. Let’s see what happens next.
Canto 10 opens in praise of astronomers: Continue reading
The Metamor City podcast takes place in a world in which sci-fi and fantasy meet. There’s flying cars, but also vampires, psychics, wizards, and the like. This is an action-packed story with a large cast of characters and interesting plot twists. Continue reading
Life is Strange was originally released in 2015, so I’m a bit behind the curve on this one. It’s a story-based game in which choices you make affect what happens later, so you could play it again and have different things happen. In some cases it’s something minor such as killing a plant from watering it too much to something major like an entire town being destroyed. Continue reading
Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In The Ghost Club, William Meikle does something quite audacious. He presents a collection of ghostly short stories attributed to several Victorian authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Anton Chekhov, Helena P. Blavatsky, and Henry James. Some of the hauntings in this collection are subtle, while others have high body counts. Continue reading
I love podcasts. It’s great to have something to listen to while you’re doing yard work, house work, commuting, or doing repetitive tasks at your day job. I regularly listen to dozens of fiction and non-fiction podcasts (and I’m quite far behind on most of them as a result). Here’s a list of my favorites. If you know of any I should check out, let me know in the comments. (I’ve also listed my favorite stories from these podcasts on a separate page.) I’ve listed these in pretty much random order since which one is my favorite in each particular category changes over time. Continue reading