Sorry for the delay, but January proved to be a very busy month. I have my recap and some favorites below, so please take a moment a peek at those. Otherwise, I read a total of 137 stories(novels, graphic novels, short stories & novellas), so don't be too amazed by that count. Without putting this … Continue reading 2018 in Books
I reviewed this book recently over at Goodreads, but I wanted to share it here. This work by David Peak, is part of my ongoing research of the horror genre and cosmic horror at large. Enjoy! Peak's book is an excellent overview of various themes of the "new horror" that has arisen in recent years … Continue reading Review: The Spectacle of the Void
WRITE SMART, WRITE HAPPY by Cheryl St. John is a fun and informative craft book on the writing life. There are all kinds of info chunks for the starting out writer and there are even a few tidbits for the longtime professional. The obvious emphasis is that writers should attempt to maintain a positive outlook … Continue reading Review: Write Smart, Write Happy
THE LIGHTNING STENOGRAPHY DEVICE, by M. F. Sullivan, is a book that bleeds into a rather "meta" realm of literature. One of the main protagonists is an author who dabbles with the invention of the same name as the title. For those familiar with science fiction, fantasy, or speculative fiction, this may not be your … Continue reading Review: The Lightning Stenography Device
I don't often read YA, and it's even less that I am moved by a YA novel, so when I finished We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan, I was taken aback. I will say that this book is fantastic. Written in free form verse, we follow Nicu, a Romanian immigrant, transplanted in London and Jess, … Continue reading Review: We Come Apart
I haven't really done one of these on this blog before, but I've decided it was a good time to start. I finally have a chance to write this, so I wanted to give my readers a sort of "check-in" with me. I will say first that I want to say thank you for reading … Continue reading Coming Up For Air (Life Update)
Deep Work is one of the best books I've read on productivity and the focused life. Cal Newport outlines what "deep work" can be in an age of shallow distractions and offers a worthy alternative. He issues the challenge to leave mediocrity behind and embrace the best possible work you can do. Newport is fully aware that … Continue reading Review: Deep Work
It isn't too often that one finds a novel that has such a genuinely unique world built around it, but Barsk: The Elephant's Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen is one such work.
First a note from Pyles of Books: Sorry, I haven't posted any reviews in a while, but life has been crazy. I have managed to read some books in the meantime, which means I will be posting rapidly(hopefully) over the next couple weeks. *** Here is something a little fun to tide some of you … Continue reading Review: Star Wars Golden Books?!
There are few books in science fiction that could be considered a love letter to it, but Arkwright by Allen Steele hits the nail on the head. The book surrounds Nathan Arkwright, a seminal sci fi writer, and his legacy of wishing to send humanity into the stars to colonize them. Driven by the belief that humanity will eventually … Continue reading Review: Arkwright