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I Lied to Save Face

– Posted in: Random Musings
I had a serious problem: I was a semi-illiterate 12-year-old with zero self-confidence. Could the  public library become my salvation? National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014)

I had a serious problem: I was a semi-illiterate 12-year-old with zero self-confidence. Every morning in seventh grade English, my friend Charlie gave me his cigarettes, his switchblade, and anything else he wasn’t supposed to have. I’d hold his possessions until after he got the inevitable call to go to the principle’s office. He'd tell [...]

“Divergent” Delivers with a Bang

– Posted in: Film Reviews
Divergent 2014 Movie Poster1

When a book I like is made into a movie, I'm always a little apprehensive. Often, I'm disappointed. But sometimes, I'm surprised by a job well done. I read Divergent by Veronica Roth and reviewed it last year. I saw the film Saturday and recommend it. However, I give it the same caveat as I [...]

18 Fantasy & Science Fiction Love Stories for Valentine’s Day

– Posted in: Film Reviews
Princes Bride

Fantasy and science fiction movies for Valentine's Day? My first thought was that speculative fiction isn't romantic and not suitable for Valentine's Day romance. However, it didn't take much to realize that behind the aliens, and space, and monsters, and wizards, and magic, there is romance. Lots of romance. So, I'd suggest that for Valentine's [...]

2 Reasons We Love Steampunk

– Posted in: Science Fiction
Taken By Nick Walch. Visit his website for more pictures: http://www.nickwalchphotography.co.uk/wgw-april-2013-gallery/?afg1_page_id=1#afg-1

"The past is a kind of future that has already happened." Bruce Sterling Steampunk began in the 1970s with science fiction novels set in Victorian London, but the seeds for this style were planted years before. Now, more than thirty years later, Steampunk has become a diverse cultural movement. The Victorian/Edwardian aesthetics pervade not only [...]

Orwell’s Ghost Is Haunting Us

– Posted in: Random Musings
Literally

As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t been writing blog posts. I’ve been hibernating and finishing my fantasy novel so I can send it off to be copyedited. Am I done? No. I'm taking a break to say, “Holy shit, have we lost our minds?” George Orwell warned us about language and [...]

“Variant”: 5 Wins and 5 Fails

– Posted in: Fantasy Book Reviews
"Variant": 5 Wins and 5 Fails. Robison Wells' young adult novel is well written and has promise, but what could have been fantastic book is a mixed bag of good and not so good. Read the review: corafoerstner.com

I wanted to like Variant, a dystopian novel by Robison Wells. After reading the positive reviews, I was excited, but alas, sometimes books that are hyped just don't live up to the expectations the hype creates. The basic story idea is great: there's intrigue, conflict, and unanswered questions. The beginning of the book is spooky, [...]