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So it's been a long time since I've blogged anywhere

I had fully intended to resume regular blogging this autumn after taking a hiatus of sorts to recharge my mental batteries. But instead, a few things conspired to occupy my time: having to study for two Praxis exams so I could add aShow More Summary

April-August 2015 Reads

The paucity of books listed here should give the reader here an idea just how little I have read so far this year in comparison to previous years, when I would usually have read 250-300 books by now. I think I'll be reading quite a bit...Show More Summary

Belatedly, The OF Blog Turns 11

Tuesday marked the eleventh anniversary of this blog, but as was par for the course this year, I was a bit too busy (jogging 7.63 miles that night) to celebrate it until now. But really, there are things to celebrate even now, even though...Show More Summary

Some more brief thoughts on the 2015 Hugo Awards

. No, I have more to say than I did a few months ago when the finalists were announced. I haven't really had much to say on those awards (or pretty much, any awards longlist or shortlist these past few months) because I have spent much of the year not reading. Show More Summary

Renovatio blogis

I said four months ago (using April Fool's Day as a cover) that I was contemplating shuttering this blog after nearly eleven years. There were many reasons why I had reduced my blogging frequency (and by extension, my overall onlineShow More Summary

A serendipitous discovery

A little over a week ago I went shopping at my favorite Nashville used bookstore, McKay Books. As usual while waiting for my books to be processed for trade credit, I browsed through the Foreign Language section (typically, somewhere...Show More Summary

Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

In evaluating certain literary works, conventional, tried-and-true approaches sometimes must be jettisoned. This certainly has proven to be the case with the recently-released Harper Lee novel, Go Set a Watchman. Much (e-)ink has been...Show More Summary

A little personal update before resuming reviews

As I've said before on a few occasions, 2015 to date has been devoted much more to improving my health (2014's kidney stone and back injuries wreaked havoc on my body shape and health) than reading or translation work. Back in January,...Show More Summary

Famous writer talks about being classified as a "science fiction" writer

For many readers and even some writers of science fiction, debates on who is or is not "mainstream" writing in the field may seem to be a relatively new development, or at least one that has developed new branches. However, fifty years...Show More Summary

And now, a few thoughts on the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award

... Just kidding. I actually like this shortlist, having read (and reviewed) three of the six shortlisted titles last year. The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R. Carey (Orbit)The Book Of Strange New Things - Michel Faber (Canongate)Europe...Show More Summary

February and March 2015 Reads

This list of books read in February and March ought to underscore just how little I've read so far this year compared to the past decade (the last time I read under 100 books in a year was 2005, a year in which I worked full-time and was a full-time non-trad college student). Show More Summary

After nearly eleven years, it may be time to call it quits

The days and nights are like blurs now. Strange to realize that I only posted once in March and barely a handful of times in February. I have read only a handful of books over the past two months and I forgot to log what I had read even then. Show More Summary

When "101" just doesn't cut it anymore

Most students who've attended an American university have experience with an "101": an introductory survey to a discipline that is meant to provide a broad parameter of that discipline's general features. As a survey course, it focuses much more on a bigger picture than it does on exploring any particular detail in course. Show More Summary

Jean Toomer, Cane

Men had always wanted her, this Karintha, even as a child, Karintha carrying beauty, perfect as dusk when the sun goes down. Old men rode her hobby-horse upon their knees. Young men danced with her at frolics when they should have been dancing with their grown-up girls. Show More Summary

William Faulkner, The Hamlet

He had quite possibly been a foreigner, though not necessarily French, since to the people who had come after him and had almost obliterated all trace of his sojourn, anyone speaking the tongue with a foreign flavor or whose appearance...Show More Summary

Brief thoughts on the Nebula shortlists

So the latest installment of the Nebula Awards shortlists have now been released. It's a list, yes, but as a reader of all sorts of fictions, it is a disappointing list, one that (especially in the novel category, but to some degree in other categories) still gives off that faint miasmic whiff of logrolling and "political" blocs. Show More Summary

Jack London, The Call of the Wild

During the four years since his puppyhood he [Buck] had lived the life of a sated aristocrat; he had a fine pride in himself, was even a trifle egotistical, as country gentlemen sometimes become because of their insular situation. But he had saved himself by not becoming a mere pampered house-dog. Show More Summary

William Wells Brown, Clotel, or the President's Daughter

It was late in the day, when the greatest number of persons were thought to be present, that Currer and her daughters were brought forward to the place of sale. Currer was first ordered to ascend the auction stand, which she did with a trembling step. Show More Summary

January 2015 Reads

This won't take long, as this past month's reads ties for the least amount read over the past half-decade or so. This month is not shaping up to be any better. Oh, I'm reading, here and there, but I'm purposely limiting the time I spend reading as I have other things I'm gearing up to be working on. Show More Summary

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