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Review: Way Station

Way Station
Way Station by Clifford D. Simak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is classic science fiction from a true master of the craft. Way Station is the story of Enoch, a veteran of the Civil War who is still alive, young and vital in the 20th century. At well over a hundred years old he appears as a young man. His secret is that he is the custodian of an alien station which connect Earth to the rest of the galaxy.
Enoch has spent long years expanding his mind by his interactions with aliens while remaining apart from his own race. Everything begins to change rapidly for him as the Earth races toward a new world war, a government agent begins investigating the immortal man in the woods and even his alien friends hint that the station itself may be shut down. Everything in his universe is rapidly disintegrating around him and he doesn’t know how a humble man of the prior century can fix any of it. This is a wonderful story about what it means to be human, what it means to be civilized.
The story is an older one and the style may not suit some readers only used to modern fiction but it is beautifully told and gives one the feel of a vast universe existing just beyond the page. We come to know Enoch and his inner struggle with his place in the universe and among humanity.
This is how science fiction was meant to be. If by the end of the tale you haven’t felt a sense of wonder and hope, you might be one of those who would run screaming from the Talisman. (You’ll have to read it to get the reference, sorry)

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Review: Storm Front

Storm Front
Storm Front by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I will admit now that the Dresden Files is my secret shameful joy. I love good light action adventure reading. I’ve read a bunch of them before and only partly read #1. So when I saw this on my kindle reading list I bought it …. and devoured it.
This story introduces you to Harry Dresden, professional wizard. It’s a fun book that reminds you of where Harry came from if you’ve read later ones. I love re-examining older entries in series I enjoy.
I also was reading for purely professional reasons as I like Jim’s first person style and wanted to immerse myself in it before embarking on a first person horror narrative of my own. I don’t want to emulate his style but the feel of it puts my brain close to where I want the voice in my novel to be.
Anyway, its a fun tale of mystery, danger, murder and magic – read it if you already haven’t.

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Review: A Mountain Walked: Great Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos

A Mountain Walked: Great Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
A Mountain Walked: Great Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos by S.T. Joshi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a large collection of stories either directly related to the Cthulhu mythos or related closely enough to not really have any true difference.
Like most collections there are ones I really liked and others which I quickly flipped through because they just weren’t my cup of ichor.
It’s overall a good collection. I utterly LOVED the Neil Gaiman story. The actual story was a bit disjointed but the description and evocative prose he used shows why Neil is a master storyteller.
Another one, Hungry…Rats was a really weird tale but the way it was written was riveting. It just pulls you along increasing your tension and forcing you to avalanche forward with the words.
Check it out. It’s a good read if you’re a fan of the mythos.

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