What I’ve Been Reading – Made Safe

The streets of Des Moines are just as mean as Spenser's Boston in this impressive debut. In the first casebook of private detective Moses Winter, Francis Sparks exposes the underbelly of immigrant culture in a gripping, noir novel.Made Safe, while listed on the cover as the first adventure of Des Moines-based detective Winter, is just as …

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What I’ve Been Reading – Sins of Intent

Randy Roeder takes us back to Cedar Rapids of the Sixties in Sins of Intent, the first of a series featuring haberdasher-turned-amateur-detective Cletus Efferding.I've lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since the Eighties, and while that is much later than the period Sins is set in, many of the sights and places Roeder references were still around …

What I’ve Been Reading – Fool

“This is a bawdy tale. Herein you will find gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity, as well as non-traditional grammar, split infinitives, and the odd wank.” ― Christopher Moore, Fool Shakespeare parodies are a dime a dozen, but few twist familiar tropes like Christopher Moore. He's previously tackled vampires, Death, …

SF & Drugs & Rock & Roll – Is All My Brain and Body Needs

Music in Science Fiction & Fantasy By Dennis W. Green  (This is an expanded version of an article that was originally published in PerihelionSF under the title "More Than Zarathustra.) What jazz standard shares a melody with the Star Trek theme? And what rock & roll tune tells its story against the background of Einstein’s Special …

Showing The Rifle

The following originally appeared in 2015 on the blog of one my literary heroes, Ed Gorman. Ed passed away in October 2016. But you can still read some of his final musings at newimprovedgorman.blogspot.com.Showing The RifleLike anyone who has spewed forth a book, I’m occasionally asked what the toughest thing is about writing. I’ll mumble …

$.99 ebook sale!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Imagine Other Worlds with Authors event in Cedar Rapids. It was a great chance to talk books with readers and authors.Special kudos to Terri LeBlanc, Dana Beatty, and Aaron Bunce for all their hard work putting the event together.But next time, I want to be further from the …