Devon Monk’s “Dead Iron: The Age of Steam, Book 1″

Dead Iron by Devon Monk My rating: 3 of 5 stars Devon Monk’s Dead Iron: The Age of Steam is a mash-up urban fantasy-meets-steampunk-meets western. Set in a 19th century Oregon small town facing change as the rail comes closer, Dead Iron is a satisfactorily well-written but by-the-numbers example of how steampunk ought to be written. In Monk’s formulation, the veil between […]

Writing in the key of grey: James Salter’s “Dusk and other Stories”

I’ve been reading James Salter’s Dusk and Other Stories, a collection of short stories from Salter’s long career as a contributor to high contemporary fiction. This is literature of the “literature genre,” the genre which insists its not a genre at all, but the sine qua non of writing, as if they were artist of the […]

Review: Jeanette Winterson, The Stone Gods

So, I’ve finished reading The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson, and my reactions are mixed, to say the least.  My primary reaction was one of intense sadness: she really does believe that she’s braving new territory.  She is completely unaware that she’s hacking through a jungle right next to a long, well-trodden road and the […]

Annoyed at myself for being annoyed at myself for being annoyed at myself…

The other day, I was reading one of my own Journal Entries, trying to remind myself of why I wrote them and get back into the groove of writing them again.  Now that I’m doing freelance work, though, I don’t have as much time to write as I used to.  I have to produce value, […]

This years Literary Bad Sex awards are out!

And while I agree that Philip Roth’s The Humbling deserves first place, I have to hold a special place in my heart for Ten Storey Love Song: Meanwhile, down in Vaginaland, Mr Condom’s beginning to feel a bit iffy. He’s overheating. For some reason, the shagging seems to be twice as fast this evening, and […]

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