Book Review: The Brass Man and Other Stories

The Brass Man and Other Stories by John Borneman contains nine separate short stories that follow the thread of different science-fiction themes and world-building. But rather than relying on science-fiction to tell the stories, Borneman provides the futuristic details nonchalantly, which for me works well in grounding each of the stories well within reach of human…… Continue reading Book Review: The Brass Man and Other Stories

Book Review: The Museum of Innocence

Unless one were to cheat and do quick research into the content’s reality in the fictional novel, The Museum of Innocence (Masumiyet Müzesi) by Orhan Pamuk, it would take reading 700 pages to return to the ambiguous conclusion of, maybe? Although that middle ground of uncertainty is troubling, that is the skill to which the…… Continue reading Book Review: The Museum of Innocence

Athénaïse’s Ironic Awakening

Kate Chopin’s first published story, “Emancipation. A Life Fable,” sets up the theme to which guides her fiction: freedom from repression. In the story, an animal finds himself bound in a cage where he is given the provisions of a comfortable daily life. One day the door is accidentally left open, but the animal is…… Continue reading Athénaïse’s Ironic Awakening

Book Review: Dance of the Infidels

Earl “Bud” Powell was undisputedly one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, if not the best according to Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, and the author of Dance of the Infidels, Francis Paudras. Monsieur Paudras, French by birth, idolized Bud throughout his formative jazz piano training. After learning of Bud’s European tour in 1959,…… Continue reading Book Review: Dance of the Infidels