Starting a personal library.

Books have been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. My grandparents collected books and had a massive collection. Sadly almost all of it was left behind after my grandfather passed away and my grandmother emigrated to the United States. I still have the collected poems of Mihai Eminescu bought …

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Barbarian Book Club: 11 June 2017

Another month of reading has come and gone. The beautiful Japanese spring is ending and the rainy season is about to begin. I managed to finish two novels, one history book, and several short stories this month. Both of my fiction reads made up the closing chapters of their respective trilogies. The upcoming June rains …

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Read: 9 April 2017

I read moderately these past few weeks, a bit less than I usually do, but that's mostly because of vacations and long work days. I also focused on short story collections and magazines, which take up a lot of time. 9 April 2017 Neuromancer by William Gibson. This is one of my favorite books so …

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Appendix N

My love of fantasy didn’t start with the venerable pipe smoking Hobbit so loved by many. No, my love was forged in the dankest dungeons. Tested by hideous beasts and malevolent creatures; Mind Flayers, Beholders, and Displacer Beasts. The adventure of Sword and Sorcery was where my imagination flourished. Barbarians, Sorceresses, Thieves, and Assassins, adventuring …

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Baen Books is Awesome

This afternoon on my way back from a PT session I decided to check the postal annex to see if my wife and I had any mail. The usually jolly people assigned to the mail room did not seem pleased with me or my giant extra heavy surprise box waiting for me.   I completely …

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Book Reviews: I’m over it.

After giving it some thought I have decided to quit writing book reviews on here. I'm just not into them. I spend too much time thinking about what to write and how to put it down. Time that I should spend writing. So no more single post book reviews. First of all, I don't want …

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The Builders by Daniel Polansky

After about a year or so of hearing Daniel Polansky brought up whenever dark gritty fantasy was discussed I finally got around to reading some of his stuff. I picked up his Hugo-nominated novella, The Builders as a quick read between larger novels. The Builders is an anthropomorphic grimdark western. A band of violent, gun-slinging, talking …

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House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

“To see something marvelous with your own eyes - that’s wonderful enough. But when two of you see it, two of you together, holding hands, holding each other close, knowing that you’ll both have that memory for the rest of your lives, but that each of you will only ever hold an incomplete half of …

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A Barbarian Book Update

I’m sitting here, petting my vicious dog, enjoying a nice cup of Earl Gray, and reading book two in Robin Hobbs Farseer Trilogy. You can feast your worthless eyes on the finished review for book one in the series Assassins Apprentice a few posts below. I decided to post in the middle of my reading …

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The Three Musketeers and Modern Fantasy

The Three Musketeers and Modern Fantasy Taking a break from my traditional fare of Fantasy and Science Fiction I decided to jump in and read through Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers. For some reason I overlooked this novel in the past probably thinking that the plot was already spoiled due to all the spoofs and …

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