Category Archives: Book Review

Secondhand Manifestos: Quick Thoughts on Bruce Sterling’s Pirate Utopia

It appears to have accidentally turned into Jackboot Month here in the Dolmen. Today’s subject, Bruce Sterling’s 2016 novella Pirate Utopia, is something I literally found out about yesterday and spent a few hours reading cover to cover. I’ve never … Continue reading

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Rereading The War in the Air (1908)

One summer morning, sometime in the 1910s, the good men and women of New York City awaken to the sound of engines thrumming in the morning air. Craning their heads, they peek out of their windows to see the sky … Continue reading

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Hard to Be A (Fictional) God

After a long absence, I’ve made a return to reviewing for Strange Horizons with my latest piece, a discussion of City of Blades, the second book in what has become Robert Jackson Bennett’s The Divine Cities trilogy. Longtime readers of … Continue reading

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Some Brief Skitterings on Caitlín Kiernan’s Silk

I’ve been spending these past two weeks working my way through Silk, the first novel written by acclaimed dark fantasist Caitlín R. Kiernan. It’s rather appropriate I chose this month to take the plunge; according to Kiernan herself, she started … Continue reading

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City of Stairs: Too Many Words About A Book I Sort Of Liked

This post is a sort of salvage operation for a project that didn’t work out. Back in November, I had this idea that I’d read two newish fantasy works that were getting all the online buzz and offer my insightful … Continue reading

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Spooktober/Warvember Reading: Baltimore

I’ve cooled on SF critic John Clute over the years, but there are a few elements of his thought with which I am still in concordance. Chief among these is his discussion of the First World War’s impact on fantastic … Continue reading

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Notes on the Struggle for Europe

I don’t really read that much history anymore. It’s odd, really: I spent four years getting an undergraduate degree in history, and I’ve got bookcases packed with monographs, journalistic accounts, and the like, but I don’t read that much of … Continue reading

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