“Foundation and Empire” by Isaac Asimov

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been participating in a groupread of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation and Empire” (see here and here). At the end of each readalong, I like to post a spoiler-free review of the book for anyone who hasn’t read it and been following the discussions. “Foundation and Empire” is the continuation of theRead more

“The Foundation” by Isaac Asimov

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been participating in a groupread of Isaac Asimov’s “The Foundation.”  This is a short spoiler-free review of the book for anyone who hasn’t been reading along.  For further discussion, see The Foundation Groupread, Part I and The Foundation Groupread, Part II. Rather than having a central protagonist, Asimov instead features aRead more

“Thomas the Rhymer” by Ellen Kushner

  Kushner’s novel is a reinterpretation of the ballad “Thomas the Rhymer,” which I described in an earlier post.  The original ballad tells the story of Thomas, a man who kisses the faerie queen and is then compelled to serve her in Elfland for seven years. Kushner’s version fleshes out the story to give individual charactersRead more