Showing posts from July, 2007

Callahan's Crosstime Saloon

Right now I am reading an omnibus of short stories that were written in the 70s/80s.
If you are into off color humor and tons of puns, then this is definitely the book for you. It is hard to put down. The short stories were all originally written for magazines. There was a computer game that was made way back when (and yes I had played it before).

Speaking of computer games, I was asked the other day why I play some of the games I do and what my playing style was. Well, one of the reasons I play MMOs is because of the people you can meet and also the storylines. Yea I know that sounds corny, but I think of them as interactive books. I love to finish quests and see what's next. My friend Krysta on the other hand is all about the gear and levelling. I could care less what gear I have on and I could care less about level. I just want to be able to continue with the story. I guess that is why games that require too much grinding in between quests bore me way too quickly.

Cosmic Chaos in the Microcosm

Defrost the glacial chill upon my soul
Existence floats by
Upon the ethereal mists
Void of all meaning
Chasms open devouring the heart
Leaving a cavernous hole
They know no bounds
Burned at the stake of my thoughts
Crucified by pain
Lost in the labyrinth
Gloom leaves no trails to follow
The only course is the bloody
Entrails of those who have passed before
Fiends waiting
Watching for a slip
Ready to devour the next prey
Treading a tremulous path
Intent on grasping death on my provisos
My demise will come in its bitter time
Bringing with it
A respite

Witch of Cologne

I just finished reading the Witch of Cologne by Tobsha Learner. This was truly a masterpiece. Every now and then I decide that I want to read a book that truly works out my mind. This was definitely one of those books.

Tobsha writes in such a way that I was transported back to the days of the Spanish Inquisition. I was able to imagine what it was like living as a Jewish Midwife back in those dangerous times. It felt like I was living right alongside Ruth as she delivered those babies. Then experienced her terror as the inquisition came for her. The mob mentality of those times was truly horrific. If just one person made accusations, then everyone would start to step forward. To make matters worse, in the midst of the horrors of the inquisition, the plague struck down thousands of people.

She creates such believable characters. At times you truly hate those such as the Inquisitor. Then other times you feel deeply saddened by his humanity and fraility.

I highly recommend this b…