Blurb from Bruce Meyer

Blurb from a friend and mentor Bruce Meyer: You can find out more about Bruce and his enormous bibliography of published works here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/26298.Bruce_Meyer You can now pre-order a copy of What We See in the Smoke from Crowsnest Books, Amazon, and Chapters Indigo!

Blurb from Robert McGill

To continue sharing the kind words others have given for What We See in the Smoke, this is from Robert McGill, who ran the undergraduate creative writing workshop at the University of Toronto: You can find out more about Robert McGill and links to his work at his website here: http://www.robert-mcgill.com/books/ If you are swayed, you shouldContinue reading “Blurb from Robert McGill”

Blurb from Sharon English

Very proud to start sharing some of the kind words that several authors have supplied for my new book – starting with Sharon English, author of Zero Gravity and Uncomfortably Numb, who helped supervise this novel. You can find out more about Sharon English and links to her books at her website here: https://www.sharonenglish.net/bio/  Continue reading “Blurb from Sharon English”

Vision in Review: I Too Shall Be Saved By Love

(Special note: The Vision, like many characters of Marvel Comics, was created by Stan Lee, alongside ‎Roy Thomas‎, and John Buscema. Stan Lee passed away this afternoon, which I learned literally while typing up this piece, and it is hard to think of a single other creator responsible for a legacy that has inspired andContinue reading “Vision in Review: I Too Shall Be Saved By Love”

Do Androids Dream in Review

I find that when most people think of Rick Deckard and the neo-noir world he inhabited, they think first of Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner (and it’s many different editions). But while the film and it’s very late/very recent sequel are remarkable science fiction films, there are essential disconnects between them and the narrative ofContinue reading “Do Androids Dream in Review”

Arrival/Story of Your Life: Languages of film and Prose

[This isn’t the first time I’ve written on Arrival, and I doubt it will be the last. you can check out my original view of the film here at The Spectatorial:  Arrival – A Case of Déjà vu] Though Ted Chiang’s novella Story of Your Life was originally published in 1998, I did not discover it untilContinue reading “Arrival/Story of Your Life: Languages of film and Prose”

The Simplica Girl Diaries in review

“Limitations so frustrating” (Saunders 126) writes the narrator of George Saunders’ The Semplica Girl Diaries. But the self-imposed limitations and restrictions Saunders impose on his writing make for a more interesting story, building its narrative out of disturbing incompleteness. Set in an unspecified but near future, Saunders communicates everything about his narrative through the sparse,Continue reading “The Simplica Girl Diaries in review”

Ray Bradbury: There Will Come Soft Rains in Review

Few books have been as formative and influential for me as Ray Bradbury’s 1950 short story fix-up novel The Martian Chronicles. While the book as a whole is far from perfect – there are problematic depictions of gender and race throughout the middle section of the book – There will Come Soft Rains has alwaysContinue reading “Ray Bradbury: There Will Come Soft Rains in Review”

Arrival – A Case of Déjà vu

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Walking into Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, I only knew a little about the movie. I knew that it was based on the short story “Story of Your Life” by author Ted Chiang which I have not read (it’s…

The Overture

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Spoiler disclaimer: this post discusses certain events in The Sandman (although it doesn’t divulge the ending). The Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s seminal dark fantasy graphic novel series, which ran 76 issues from January 1989 to March 1996, is finally over. It might seem strange…