History novels of World WarMay 29, 2020 – 07:22 am

History novels of World War

The Second World War provided great fodder for novelists especially those with combat experience. Few novels, however, dealt with the “bigger picture, ” which is to say, those decisions that took the country into war and set the course that led to battle. That is left to professional historians where time, effort, and good scholarship dictate the essence of recorded history . But let’s consider wartime novels, often short of facts, but rich in truth…

New novels for May 2014May 9, 2020 – 07:18 am

New novels for May 2014

Promised for years but continually delayed, Black Canary/Zatanna will finally become a reality when it goes on sale in May of next year . Written by Paul Dini and drawn by Joe Quinones, the original graphic novel finds the fan-favorite DC Comics heroines in their more traditional looks and teaming up to bring down a new threat who puts both of their fantastic abilities to the test. Dini announced he was working on a Black Canary/Zatanna team-up OGN…

Visual novels for XboxFebruary 19, 2020 – 06:52 am

Visual novels for Xbox

Earlier today, 5pb. Executive Director Chiyomaru Shikura tweeted a photo of a piece of artwork (seen right below) from a forthcoming, undisclosed title that is to be presented at Comiket in Tokyo tomorrow (or Today for Japan #timedifference). Shikura stated that the artwork will be extrapolated on at their developer booth during the Comiket expo. He further went on to say that this new game represents a milestone in the history of visuals novels…

100 novels the GuardianDecember 1, 2019 – 06:33 am

100 novels the Guardian

If lists are a guilty pleasure, then book lists are a sinful addiction. That s an observation for which the Observer can adduce empirical evidence. Ten years ago, on 12 October 2003, in a headline-grabbing stunt, writing as literary editor, I compiled (with a lot of help from colleagues) a list, provocatively entitled The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time . Say what you like about lists, but this one rapidly developed a life of its own, like a sci-fi…

Are novels always fictionAugust 23, 2019 – 05:58 am

Are novels always fiction

Just before Christmas my better half told me that she had never managed to read a science fiction novel all the way though. She had tried but she d found the books that had been recommended to her were just not her cup of tea. I did some digging and found out that the books that had been suggested to her in her formative years were the ones I read as kid: Heinlein, Herbert, Asimov, Clarke, Le Guin, Lem, PKD etc. She had zero patience for fantasy of…

Visual novels Flash gamesJune 24, 2019 – 05:50 am

Visual novels Flash games

This trope is an Anime/Manga exclusive. In some scenes with couples, there will be a static background shot of a school facility (usually a hallway or yard) or any home/urban/park area, with a notorious vanishing point (generally centered), representing the protagonist s point of view. In the foreground there s a medium shot of almost always a female character with a shy or gentle expression. This is known as the standing image , in which the character…

Top novels for Elementary schoolMay 22, 2019 – 09:15 am

Top novels for Elementary school

Maybe I obsessed a bit much over bringing books into my daughter Raina s life. Before I even bought a onesie or diaper, shopped for cribs, figured out how to install a baby car seat, read What to Expect When You are Expecting , or did any other nesting activity, I scoured yard sales and the internet for great deals on books to start a library for Raina. When we designed her nursery, building a floor to ceiling bookshelf topped my list for must haves…