“Machine Man” Interview with Max Barry and his Serial/Novel (Week 7 – Book a Week)

October 20, 2011 1 comment
“Machine Man” Interview with Max Barry and his Serial/Novel (Week 7 – Book a Week)

Australian author Max Barry recently published the science fiction thriller/dark comedy “Machine Man.” The novel is the second incarnation of a story he originally published online as a serial, one page at a time. Rather than a reprint of the online content, the novel “Machine Man,” is a distillation of Barry’s original idea: a future in which […]

“American Vampire” by Scott Snyder, Raphael Albuquerque, and Stephen King (Week 6 – Book a Week)

October 13, 2011 1 comment
“American Vampire” by Scott Snyder, Raphael Albuquerque, and Stephen King (Week 6 – Book a Week)

Let’s get the Twilight comparison out of the way first.  No, these vampires don’t sparkle.  They’re smart, what they do isn’t pretty, and the vileness of the act of drinking human blood is out there in the open.  Illustrator Raphael Albuquerque knows how to draw a beautiful woman, a western vista, and a hideous creature of the damned. […]

“Dune Messiah” by Frank Herbert (Week 5 – Book a Week)

October 2, 2011 No comments yet
“Dune Messiah” by Frank Herbert (Week 5 – Book a Week)

Last week, I reviewed The Magician King, fussing and moaning and worrying about sequels.  Dune Messiah embodies the core of those fears.  It’s an unnecessary slog through what happens after all the mammoth problems and conflicts of the previous book have been resolved. One of the central themes of this space epic is dealing with […]

“American Gods” by Neil Gaiman (Week 4 – Book a Week)

September 30, 2011 No comments yet
“American Gods” by Neil Gaiman (Week 4 – Book a Week)

American Gods is as good a book as you can hope to read.  It tells a massive story with the scope and gravitas to encompass gods and nations, but it remains so specific that you feel as if your friends are living it.   The locations are real.  Gaiman lovingly describes the Great Lakes states.  Peru, […]

“The Magician King” by Lev Grossman (Week 3 – Book a Week)

September 21, 2011 No comments yet
“The Magician King” by Lev Grossman (Week 3 – Book a Week)

Sequels Sequels and fantasy go together like hot dogs and grilled onions.  The fantasy genre, which requires world-building and myths, has room for huge word counts and long volumes. Still, I carry a small suspicion of sequels in any genre, they make too much sense from a marketing perspective to be motivated primarily from a […]

“The Mission Song” by John LeCarré (Week 2 – Book a Week)

September 15, 2011 No comments yet
“The Mission Song” by John LeCarré (Week 2 – Book a Week)

The Performance I listened to this book on CD’s borrowed from the Lincoln Square’s Sulzer Library and, first, let me highlight the performance of the actor, David Oyelowo.  He doesn’t need my praise to lift his career, Oyelowo has gone on to act in many successful television shows and films.  As far as I can […]

“The Magicians” by Lev Grossman (Week 1 – Book a Week)

September 11, 2011 No comments yet
“The Magicians” by Lev Grossman (Week 1 – Book a Week)

The fantasy genre has a small but committed group of superfans.  There are shelves and shelves of stories about magic and elves that no one but the deeply committed fan has ever heard of.  But, the canon has its crossover hits.  The Magicians takes many of those beloved works (particularly Harry Potter and The Chronicles […]

Read a lot, Write a lot (Book a Week Series – Introduction)

September 8, 2011 3 comments
Read a lot, Write a lot (Book a Week Series – Introduction)

“Read a lot, write a lot.” This is the mantra of a good writer or, at least, the one I stole from Stephen King. He says that a good writer should read between 70 and 80 books a year and I take him at his word. In chess, if you never study the masters, you will be […]



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By: Casey Brazeal