Author Archive: dialhforhouston

Book Review: Breach of Peace, by Daniel B. Greene

Despite the frankly embarrassing amount of entertainment available to me, I’ve been watching more YouTube stuff than I did before. I think the more conversational nature of a lot of channels acts as a vague substitute for actual human conversation. Plus, YouTube has a lot of niche (read, super nerdy) content. And recently, I’ve even …

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SPECIAL GUEST ARTICLE!

Hey there, nerds! In other news, I went ahead and did a guest/combo feature over at The Dragon Fortress, in which I share some random thoughts about old neon-colored action figures. Fun stuff! You should check it out! Honestly, if you dig old toys and and goofy nostalgia, go ahead and check out the rest …

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BOOK REVIEW: Idle Ingredients, by Matt Wallace

Oh, hi folks! Sorry for the radio silence recently. I’m still alive– even got my first vaccine dose the other day, so, y’know, progress? It’s just that, in the irony of quarantine, I’ve been reading less, despite having a whole mess of free time. ‘course, a lot of it comes from the myriad other distractions …

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Book Review: Kull, Exile of Atlantis, By Robert E. Howard

At any given time, I have an … extensive to-read pile. Even when I’m traveling, I like to at least have a cheap paperback or two stuffed in the bottom of my bag, just in case. It probably doesn’t help that there’s not a dollar paperback bin I won’t stick my nose into. But, ironically, …

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Book Review: Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City, by K.J. Parker

I’m a sucker for a good siege story. Helm’s Deep, Night of the Living Dead, Assault on Precinct 13– anything about a ragtag group of characters holed up against an overwhelming foe. It’s compelling to have characters who just don’t have enough of, well, anything. Ammunition, food, water, time. It’s an easy way to put …

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Book Review: The Last Uncharted Sky, by Curtis Craddock

  I read Curtis Craddock’s An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors awhile back, and rather enjoyed it. I also read the second book in the series, A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery a few months ago during that several month stretch where I wasn’t reviewing or keeping track of what I read. Normally, I like …

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Book Review: WebMage, by Kelly McCullough

An easy, pithy way to describe a lot of books is “GENRE + THING.” I mean, every author wants their book to stand out, so one easy way to do it is to just mash stuff together. So the Dresden Files gives us “Fantasy + Noir,” Weber’s Honor Harrington series is “Space Opera + 18th  …

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Book Review: Silent Hill 2, by Mike Drucker

Boss Fight Books’ latest, Silent Hill 2, officially releases on January 26th. But since I got in on the kickstarter, I got my copy early, so now I can be ahead of the curve, for once! And I even managed to sit down and get this review written, to boot! Fancy that. So yeah, if …

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Book Review: The Five Trials, by Mike Truk

You guys wanna get weird? ‘cause this is gonna get weird. In 1994, a game by the name of Fighting Baseball was released in Japan. The thing was, said game didn’t have a MLB license, so they had to make up generic team names– and player names. In 2016, somebody noticed this and put it …

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It’s 2021! Now what?

Oh hey guys! I guess I’m still here! Normally, I’d do a ‘2020 in review’ kind of post, but, uh, I don’t wanna. For fairly obvious reasons. 2020 was a hard year on everybody. I’m lucky in that I was able to weather the worst of it without too much trouble, and, uh, I’ll probably …

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