The Silent Angel, by Heinrich Böll

I bought this based on W.G. Sebald's recommendation, and it did not disappoint. Set in Germany, in the weeks after the war has ended, the story follows one soldier as he wanders the wreckage, looking for food, shelter and love. The writing is continuously subtle and deft, and the imagery almost always seems to be …

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Somniloquy ep#5: Tropes!

I haven't posted about my podcast in a while! Why not? I ... don't know! Episode FIVE is now out, I can't believe it's been so many! Check it out here, with special guest Caitlin Coxon! https://open.spotify.com/show/2HaHojN51CaSSHr62ArjuV?si=pqNNn2whSuOGcjHjYD5h9Q

A book too good for me to handle? Some thoughts on impostor syndrome.

I recently (start of the year) had a bit of a crises of confidence, and I'm still not sure I've fully recovered. It was probably a combination of many things, but I think W.G. Sebald's books (Vertigo and The Emigrants) were a big factor. Not only because they are about memory and perception, but because …

Invitation to a Beheading, by Vladimir Nabokov

I always come back to good ol' Vlad, and this one keeps up the pattern of being awesome in unexpected ways. This book tells the story of Cincinnatus C. , a 30 year old teacher convicted of 'gnostical turpitude' and his experiences waiting around in a cell for his own execution. What struck me most …

Just 400?

I got to 400 books read on my Goodreads account recently, and though I'm sure that's not every book I've ever read, it is not far off. What a low number! I've been reading 25+ years, and that's the number I've reached? I fee like I never have time to read these days, and in …

Attrition: a collection of short stories

I have finally finished putting together this collection, and it is now available on Smashwords! As I was compiling what I feel are my best stories from the past few years, I noticed a lot of them had a similar theme of loss and grief, so that made tying them all together in a collection …

Is Sci-fi missing something?

A friend linked me this article about the squeamish hesitance of writers to call their books sci-fi, and the reputation sci-fi has for being cheap or base entertainment. Some of this rings true for me, too, even as a (ex?) sci-fi fan and writer myself. Their example of Faber is accurate. I remember when I …