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Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Never-Ending Rosenberg Tragedy

This is tragic. The sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are still trying to get their mother "exonerated," though one notes that in their opinion piece in the New York Times even they don't try to claim that either of their parents were wholly innocent. I am against the death penalty on principle, and the government probably did go for the death penalty for Ethel, who was less involved, to pressure Julius. But the established historical fact is that the Rosenbergs were both involved in spying and went to their deaths to make propaganda for Communism. Or in short, they loved Stalin much more than they loved little Michael and Robert, who love their dead parents much, much more than they deserve.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Interview at Dab of Darkness!

Go to Dab of Darkness for an interview and book giveaway!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Thrilling Fantasy Adventure (Review of Tash McAdam's Blood in the Water: Warp Weavers)

This fast-paced novella is told in the voice of Hallie, a teenage "weaver" whose magical powers enable her to close dangerous gaps between our world and others where ferocious people-eating monsters lurk. I was intrigued by the democratic idea that all human beings have magical powers but only some will be called to develop and use them to guard our world, either as weavers, "warlocks" or "warriors"--all three categories open to both sexes, though people in their teens and early twenties are generally the best at using them. Not too different from the usual age of soldiers in the real world, one might add. McAdam captures perfectly in the character of Hallie that tension between rebelling against and desperately wanting the approval of one's elders that is so typical of adolescence. And the remarkable thing about her lesbian relationship is that it's so unremarkable--the differences in sexual desire really make so little difference in what's really important and special in human relationships. My only critique of this satisfying adventure story is that there is too much explication front-loaded into the first chapter. I urge readers to get through it to the fun and thrills that follow.
Three Phoboses (out of three)

Monday, July 20, 2015

History's Dreadful Rhymes

"Before giving a verdict upon this arrangement, we should do well to avoid describing it as a personal or a national triumph for anyone. The real triumph is that it has shown that representatives of four great Powers can find it possible to agree on a way of carrying out a difficult and delicate operation by discussion instead of by force of arms, and thereby they have averted a catastrophe which would have ended civilisation as we have known it." Change the number "four" to "seven" and spell civilization with a "z," we have Barack Obama or John Kerry defending their nuclear deal with Iran instead of Neville Chamberlain defending his Munich deal with Hitler to the British Parliament.