Another interesting read for SF geeks

Alma Boykin is no stranger to readers of these pages.  She’s a friend to Miss D. and I in meatspace as well as cyberspace, and we’ve enjoyed her books for years.  (We’ll be spending time with her this weekend.) Her latest novel in the “Colplatschki Chronicles” series is an interesting one.  “Fountains of Mercy” is the eighth in the series, but is actually a prequel to the other books.  It might appear at first to be a dystopian novel with science fiction overtones, but it’s far from the run-of-the-mill in both genres.  Alma makes things much more technically interesting, and given her

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Oh, all right! I know when I’m beaten

I’d initially planned my latest fantasy novel, “Taghri’s Prize“, to be a stand-alone work, without sequels.  However, a large proportion of the reviews on Amazon.com have hinted, suggested, or plain outright demanded that I write more in Taghri’s universe.  I know when I’m beaten!  If I want to be a successful writer, earning a living, I have to give my readers what they want – and you clearly want more Taghri. I’ve begun working out a plot for Taghri 2.  It’s going to involve theft, plots against a King, skullduggery on the high seas, and city-states competing against each other

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A new book from Cedar Sanderson

Miss D.‘s and my friend in meatspace and cyberspace, Cedar Sanderson (whom you’ve met in these pages several times before), has just published a new paranormal/crime/whodunnit novel.  This one’s called “Possum Creek Massacre“. This is the second novel in the “Witchward” series.  We met paranormal detective Amaya Lombard previously in the novella “Snow In Her Eyes” (which I also highly recommend). The blurb for “Possum Creek Massacre” reads: Renowned for her witch hunting skills, Detective Amaya Lombard knew that being summoned from the coastal rainforest of Oregon to the backwoods hollers of Kentucky meant the case was something special. From the moment

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Another great restaurant find

Miss D. and I have found several very good restaurants by sheer happenstance during our travels, and enjoyed them immensely.  We ran into another one yesterday, on our way to Shreveport for a quick business trip. Scrumbscious Burgers & Pieshakes is in a shopping center in Forney, TX, a little to the east of Dallas, just off US Highway 80.  Feeling hungry, we’d gotten off the highway and were idly glancing at restaurants as we drove through the parking area.  The place caught our eye, and on a whim we decided to try it.  We’re glad we did! Scrumbscious is a family business,

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One of the best books ever written about apartheid South Africa..

… is available today only in e-book format for just $1.99. If you want to understand something of apartheid–era South Africa, Rian Malan’s book “My Traitor’s Heart” is one of the few volumes I regard as indispensable. Mr. Malan writes as an Afrikaner whose eyes were opened in his youth to the folly and impracticality of the apartheid system – but he didn’t fully grasp its actual, innate evil until he returned to South Africa as an adult.  His book is a searing memoir of awakening, a documentary of the murderous blind hatred that overtook so many groups and individuals in South Africa during the

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