Retro Reviews: Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Welcome to the next installment in my Retro Reviews! This time, we’re looking at Princess of Mars, the first in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter series. This is straight up pulp adventure with no pretensions to be anything other than rollicking swashbuckling fun. It is now time for my traditional attempt at poetical plot summation […]

An Alien Heat by Michael Moorcock

By way of introductory remarks let me state that this review of Michael Moorcock’s An Alien Heat, the first book of The Dancers at the End of Time, is the result of the most delightful form of reread, namely revisiting a book after twenty years. An Alien Heat is also quite delightful, although perhaps more […]

Making Money by Sir Terry Pratchett

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to state that if you want a glowing account of all the clever things Pratchett does with Ankh-Morpork, Moist von Lipwig, Vetinari, et al in Making Money, you’d be best advised to go elsewhere. Not that I dislike the book for I like it well enough. Nor is […]

The Fall is All There Is by CM Caplan

By way of introductory remarks, let me state that when it comes to C.M. Caplan’s The Fall is All There Is, I am having to very much figure out my thoughts as I go. This is a highly ambitious, family focused, sci-fantasy adventure with lots of swearing. If that appeals to you, read on. When […]

Hyperborea by Clark Ashton Smith

Welcome to the next installment in my Retro Reviews! This time, we’re looking at an author who helped define Weird Tales with his macabre imagination and poetic writing, and an anthology of his Lovecraftian sword & sorcery. The man is Clark Ashton Smith. The anthology is Hyperborea. And for our first question What’s it all […]

The Secret of Sinharat by Leigh Brackett

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to state that to rate Leigh Brackett’s The Secret of Sinharat is to rate pulp adventure, for this fix-up adventure of Eric John Stark is bang on pulp adventure. The basic premise of this book is that Eric John Stark, or N’Chaka, a man of a Conan-esque mould, […]

Snuff by Sir Terry Pratchett

By way of introductory remarks, let me state reading Terry Pratchett’s Snuff was a profoundly weird experience for me for all sorts of reasons. Still, we try to make sense of the weird, and one of the ways I did so was reminding myself of something Order of the Stick creator Rich Burlew said: “Rather […]

Going Postal by Sir Terry Pratchett

By way of introductory remarks, I know a lot of people who list the Moist von Lipwig books in Pratchett’s Discworld as their favourites. Let me set the tone of this review of Going Postal early by saying I could never understand why. Don’t get me wrong, I like the books, but something vital for […]

Redwall Readthrough – The Pearls of Lutra

It’s been a while very short time, but it’s time to return to the greatest series about talking woodland creatures. For those who don’t know, Redwall is a series of children’s fantasy books by Brian Jacques famous for its use of anthropomorphic animals, good vs evil, and regional British dialects. It was hugely popular when […]