Thursday, April 15, 2021

Pinhead the Philosopher: The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker


Reading this on my porch on Easter Sunday seemed weirdly appropriate

I have an abiding love of the Hellraiser movies (well, most of them) that I've never been able to explain, and I've read a fair bit of Barker's stuff over the years (including most of the stuff with Harry D'Amour and the movie Lord of Illusions, although it's been a few decades). I've been excited about The Scarlet Gospels since it was released several years ago, but somehow didn't read it until now. 

Friday, April 2, 2021

A Murder of Little Kings: Skeleton Crew by Stephen King


I was thinking of a cute title for this post, and my first idea was that a Stephen King short story could be called a "little King." A collection of them should have a catchy collective name, and "murder" (as a "murder" of crows) was too good to pass up. Anyway, here's the review....

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Women's History Month Review Round Up 2021: Brackett, Alexander, Moreno-Garcia, and Le Guin

March is Women's History Month, and like I did in 2019, I decided to celebrate by reading and reviewing works written by women this month. I'm reviewing the 1974 science fantasy novel Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett, the 2010 modern classic on mass incarceration The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, the 2020 creepy haunted house tale Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and--bookending the post with 70's SF--the 1975 strange little novella The New Atlantis by Ursula K. Le Guin.

I may try to keep up with my themed month reviews that I started in February for Black History Month. So stay tuned in May for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Pandemic Journal, Part 19: Pandemi-versary and Beyond


My too-long running Pandemic Journal continues, with Part 19! As a Dark Tower fan, I would be remiss if I didn't note the number 19. Ka works and the world moves on. Hopefully to a post-pandemic future at some point. But not yet.

I broke my arm in January, so see if you can tell as you go on when my arm started hurting less and typing became easier...

Another custom of the Pandemic Journal: meme for your enjoyment!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Thoughts on the Pandemi-versary: Will we really learn anything?


Sign of the times: the collection of masks I've accumulated over the last year

Today is the anniversary of the day when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared. Here's an entry from my pandemic journal on the topic. I'll keep posting that journal, but I thought excerpting this entry would be a good way to commemorate our pandemi-versary.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Random Thoughts, Part 13: Our Random 2021


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My previous entry in my Random Thoughts series was in November 2020, so with this post my Random Thoughts series rolls into 2021! There are still plenty of random thoughts to be had in this new and strange year. I've got stuff on philosophy (of course), but also recipes, medical stuff, Taco Bell, conspiracy theories, and Coming to America.

And as I started doing in 2020, I'll include some recent memes that amused me just to keep things more random.