Monthly Archive: May, 2009

The Judging Eye (The Aspect-Emperor, Book One) by R. Scott Bakker

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A review of R. Scott Bakker’s first volume of his new High Fantasy trilogy The Aspect-Emperor, the follow-up to his widely acclaimed Prince of Nothing trilogy.

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Dollhouse Riffs: Riff #2: Bodies, Souls, and the Big Bad

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“When you will have made him a body without organs, then you will have delivered him from all his automatic reactions and restored him to his true freedom.” Antonin Artaud, “To Have Done… Continue reading

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Book Review: Devil Take the Hindmost: a History of Financial Speculation by John Chancellor

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In the re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica, the first Cylon Hybrid utters these chilling words: “All this has happened before, and it will happen again.” It may seem odd to quote a science fiction… Continue reading

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Books I’m reading

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FICTION *Portrait of a Lady by Henry James *The Judging Eye by R. Scott Bakker *The Cantos by Ezra Pound NON-FICTION *Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation by John Chancellor… Continue reading

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Dollhouse Riffs: Riff #1: Dollhouse, the Dollhouse, and “freedom”

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How free are those that control Dollhouse, compared to the dolls? Topher and Sierra’s “play date” occurred under the nose of Adele.  Adele, smartly, lets it pass.  Without it, Topher would be driven… Continue reading

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Flight of the Eisenstein (Horus Heresy, Book 4) by James Swallow

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In the Warhammer 40,000 franchise, the Horus Heresy represents a monumental event. A galaxy-spanning civil war led by the Warmaster Horus, sundered and nearly destroyed the Imperium of Man 10,000 years ago. Horus,… Continue reading

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Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa

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“The jawbone of an ass. A shank/braided with shark teeth. A garrote.” So begins Yusef Komunyakaa’s new book of poems, simply called Warhorses. The slim volume confronts uncomfortable topics like wars, death, and… Continue reading

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The Shadow of a Dog I Can’t Forget, by Mary Kennedy Eastham

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Mary Kennedy Eastham’s book, The Shadow of a Dog I Can’t Forget, contains poetry ranging from the elegiac to the erotic. The verbal economy and stunning imagery leaves you breathless while you travel… Continue reading

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A blog reborn

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For those of you familiar with “The Driftless Area,” I have decided to resurrect and revamp my previous blog.  This blog will be solely dedicated to reviewing books, TV, film, and food.  I… Continue reading

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