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{ Monthly Archives } February 2013

The Kraken Wakes

The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndam Another winner from British SF master John Wyndam.  The Kraken Wakes imagines an invasion of the Deep parts of our ocean by a malevolent force from the outer solar system (Neptune? Jupiter? I can’t remember).  After they settle in and start mucking around down there, they show that they […]

I think she’s yelling at him for wearing her coat.

Warm Bodies: a parable for world peace

This isn’t so much a review as a meditation on the story, like you’d be subjected to on the ride home from the film if you were with me when I saw it. There are spoilers below, so turn back now if you know what’s good for you.   Warm Bodies tell the Romeo and […]

Old Man’s War

Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi We read this for my science-fiction book club this month.  Scalzi’s Old Man’s War continues the tradition of adventure space war novels in line with Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, Haaldeman’s Forever War, and Deitz’s The Legion.  Humankind needs defending, and our main character will be launched into space to do […]

Music roundup MEGA EDITION, part 1

I haven’t done a music roundup since, ahem, October.  This does not mean I haven’t been listening to new music each month.  I just haven’t been writing about it.  Today and next Saturday I will include a list of the music on those playlists and brief notes on the albums. October [youtube:] Emusic Mumford & […]

Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre, narrated by John Lee Ben Macintyre has a strong sense for storytelling, crafting a tale full of vital details that bring it to life while providing the reader a strong sense of the history […]

There’s nothing better on a Sunday than a parade of meats

Gun Machine

Gun Machine by Warren Ellis Ellis’ latest novel follows the investigation of a burned out homicide detective in New York who accidentally uncovers an elaborately-built cache of guns in a tenement apartment.  His life gets much more complicated when it turns out that every one of the dozens of guns he found have been used […]

In which I pontificate on The Walking Dead

A story about a ‘Walking Dead’ promotional event features a few choice quotes from yours truly: Lively interest in undead Created exclusively for the venue by local talent booker and “Dead” fan Matt Beringer and Nicotero’s speaking engagement agent Scott Wolfman, the event sold out the first weekend it went on sale (outside of a […]

The Metamorphoie

2013 Ray Browne Conference on Popular Culture @BG_PCSA #BCPC13

What a fun time I had at the 2013 Ray Browne conference on Popular Culture last weekend.  Here’s what I saw: Saturday, 9 February 2013 Session 1: Social Media and (Self) Presentation. Panel Moderator: Myc Wiatrowski (Bowling Green State University) Rebecca Butorac (Indiana University): Social Media Caught Socially Unaware: Parody, Performance and Reflexivity in the […]

Zombie, Illinois

Zombie, Illinois by Scott Kenemore When the zombie apocalypse starts in the second city, it’s not just corpses that crawl out of the ground, but the secrets they keep.  This book serves as a kind of partner for his earlier novel, Zombie, Ohio, in that the former was about rural life during the apocalypse and […]

This kind of mustache is hip again, in case you didn’t know.

I hope cigarette holders come back next.

Books you missed while I was busy (4) – Non-fiction

 Even though I stopped my regular blogging in mid-October, I didn’t stop reading.  I certainly don’t have time to go back and write reviews of all the stuff I read, but I do like to keep track and I know you need to know what I’ve been reading.  So here are the last of the […]

Fourteen names

Each week as part of the service at Unity Temple in Oak Park, the ministers read from the book of the prayers of the people — a book you can write requests in for the congregation to include.  They take pains to include three lists each week: Individuals being held in McHenry County Jail awaiting […]