A Study of the Sky: an Astronomy Book from 1896

I’m almost afraid to handle this book anymore. When I first found my 1901 edition of Herbert A. Howe’s A Study of the Sky in a quiet downtown bookshop, I could not bring myself above temptation. I purchased it for ten dollars, pleased to have a richly-hued book with old-fashioned illustrations and monochromatic photos. I…

Slugs and Goddesses: A Recommendation for Writers

A couple years ago, a family member gifted me this book. Now, I don’t like to inspirit writers into using an inflated lexicon without consideration. Words are diverse, lovely things, but it is wise to remember the audience. Is your reader going to be delighted by a surprising word? Will they be pleased by the…

Berserkers, Sorcery, and Legend: Review on Hawk of May

Published in 1980, Gillian Bradshaw’s Hawk of May isn’t exactly a new book, and I only came across it by chance. Yes, I judged this book by its cover. It’s gorgeous and simple. I paused long enough to read the inside flap. First line: “…this exciting historical fantasy recreates the magical world of King Arthur’s…