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Utah Writers Are Taking the Hugo Awards by Storm

Utah authors are taking the Hugo Awards by storm. Indeed, if I wasn't from around here and hadn't been following some of these guys for a while, I might wonder what it is in the water that has Utah taking over … [Read More...]

I first met Brad Torgersen at Salt Lake ComiCon 2013. He's been nominated for two Hugos this year.

Brad Torgersen in the running for the Hugo

Last year, I made a fortuitous find at the Salt Lake ComiCon: Brad Torgersen. This year, Torgersen is getting some Hugo love, with two nominations. Nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula--all in the same year … [Read More...]

Glittering Images

Book Review | Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars by Camille Paglia

Over the years, I've run into Camille Paglia's essays at unexpected times, and I seem to always come away thoughtful and, occasionally, amused. Clearly coming from a perspective distant from my own, politically and culturally … [Read More...]

the Sparrow

Book Review | The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

It's hard to describe how I feel about The Sparrow. I give it high  marks, four of five stars, and consider it one of the most beautiful--and disturbing--books I've read in recent memory. In the not so distant future of … [Read More...]

Cuckoo's Calling

Book Review | The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbriath (pseudonym), J.K.Rowling

The long and short of this is not so long or short.  First off, Robert Galbraith, if you hadn't already heard six months ago, is J.K. Rowling. Second, The Cuckoo's Calling looks, sounds, and reads NOTHING like … [Read More...]


Book Review | City of the Saints by D.J. Butler

If there were a genre for a book that includes the Old West, an alternate American history, a rebel Mormon kingdom, a slave-free Confederacy, more than a bit of steam punk, fantasy, and an all star cast of … [Read More...]

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Book Review | Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke

Sitting on my shelf for well over half a decade, thick black and heavy, there was something oppressive about the cover that kept me away. Nearly ten years after publication, I finally cracked it, and I can't figure out why I … [Read More...]


February Kindle Fire HDX Giveaways!

How about a Giveaway to kick off your week? Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)   This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT! Bloggers & Authors have joined … [Read More...]

The Light Fantastic

Book Review | The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

On the rare occasion when I watch a movie based on a book, I am not typically likely to hold the movie up to the book for comparison. They are separate works, and I judge them separately. Such is not always the … [Read More...]

Heartwood by Freye Robertson

Book Review | Heartwood by Freya Robertson [Contributor]

Heartwood is the first in a series called Elemental Wars. It is set in a land of knights where countries are torn by war. The one thing that ties them together is a the Arbor, a holy tree. The tree is the center of their … [Read More...]

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