Category Archives: Books

On “Android Whores Don’t Cry”

“Android Whores Don’t Cry” is a short story by Natalia Theodoridou published in Clarkesworld. You can read it here. One of the things about William Gibson‘s work that I have always loved is that the cyberpunk dystopia came with a … Continue reading

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On Interview With The Vampire

I finished reading Interview With The Vampire the other night and I just wanted to take a second to reflect on it. I grew up loving weird interactions with Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. I never read Interview or the following few books, but I loved … Continue reading

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Ursula K. Le Guin on the use of the “surface elements” of fantasy

‘Surface elements,’ by which I take it he means ogres, dragons, Arthurian knights, mysterious boatmen, etc., which occur in certain works of great literary merit such as Beowulf, the Morte d’Arthur, and The Lord of the Rings, are also much … Continue reading

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On the Papoola

In Philip K. Dick’s The Simulacra, there’s a tiny, ill-defined creature named the papoola. We never see a real papoola in the novel, but instead several characters interact with a robotic replica of the papoola (shades of Do Androids Dream of Electric … Continue reading

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The Lord of the Rings: Stephen King Writes Like Tolkien

I’m reading The Lord of the Rings for the first time since I was a child and I’m writing blog posts about the book when I feel like it. I’m most of the way through LotR now and what keeps blowing my mind … Continue reading

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The Lord of the Rings: Thoughts on Book 1

I’m reading The Lord of the Rings for the first time since I was a child and I’m writing blog posts about the book when I feel like it. Last night I finished the first book of The Lord of the Rings (meaning … Continue reading

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The Lord of the Rings: Racial Destiny

I’m reading The Lord of the Rings for the first time since I was a child and I’m writing blog posts about the book when I feel like it. The prologue for The Lord of the Rings plays a little bit of catch-up. … Continue reading

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