Review – The Wisdom of Walt Disney: The Themes, Ethics, and Ideas of His Greatest Films by David Breitenbeck

This review is a special one, readers. Longtime followers of A Song of Joy will undoubtedly recognize Mr. Breitenbeck’s name, as he has been cited and/or mentioned here several times (plus, his site is in the blogroll). One of his short stories was discussed in this examination of Fantastic Schools, Vol. 2, and today, one … Continue reading Review – The Wisdom of Walt Disney: The Themes, Ethics, and Ideas of His Greatest Films by David Breitenbeck

Review – The Carter Files, Book 1: Phoenix by Lori Janeski

Liger Zero Phoenix No, fellow Zoids* fans, the title of the book being reviewed today has nothing to do with the franchise. I just couldn’t resist the reference. While it was not the best entry in the franchise by a long mile, not everything in Zoids: Fuzors was bad. Liger Zero and the Phoenix were … Continue reading Review – The Carter Files, Book 1: Phoenix by Lori Janeski

Review – Galen’s Way: A Starquest Novel of the 4th Age by Richard Paolinelli

Well! That was quite the ride, readers. I received this book as a free eARC in order to review it, and it was enormous fun. It felt like going to see a film you think you will recognize, only to find that there is a new movie on and you like it! From the blurb: … Continue reading Review – Galen’s Way: A Starquest Novel of the 4th Age by Richard Paolinelli

Review – Mecha: A Cannon Anthology, Edited by J.F. Holmes

Here we have another review, readers! Today’s book is an anthology put together by Mr. J.F. Holmes* for Cannon Publishing. It focuses on mecha, the titanic battle machines (usually with humanoid or animal forms) that serve as tanks in speculative fiction. From the blurb on the back: Feedback from the slight pressure of a hand … Continue reading Review – Mecha: A Cannon Anthology, Edited by J.F. Holmes

Review: The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter

And here we are with another review, readers. You might recall that I mentioned I had read The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin* in my review of Fantastic Schools, Vol. 2*, which you can read here. For this reason, this author had enough familiarity with Ms. Lamplighter’s world that reading the short story was a … Continue reading Review: The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter

Review: Queen of the Martian Catacombs by Leigh Brackett

To the best of this writer’s knowledge, the previous Eric John Stark novella reviewed here is the third one in the series. Queen of the Martian Catacombs* is, judging by the writing, the first in the trilogy: MARS IS ON THE VERGE OF WAR!           Trouble is brewing on Mars… With civil war about to … Continue reading Review: Queen of the Martian Catacombs by Leigh Brackett

Review: Fantastic Schools, Volume 2, edited by Jagi Lamplighter

I should have bought volume one first, I suppose, but what can one do? Fantastic Schools, Vol. 2 was right there. So this author purchased it. Have you ever wanted to go to magic school? To cast spells and brew potions and fly on broomsticks and – perhaps – battle threats both common and supernatural? … Continue reading Review: Fantastic Schools, Volume 2, edited by Jagi Lamplighter

Review: The Most Expensive Alley Cat in London by Corinna Turner

I stumbled across this little treasure while surfing through Amazon’s Kindle store. Although I say “little,” the term is not meant to be derogatory; The Most Expensive Alley Cat in London is a short story. One can read it in under an hour, making it a small gem, indeed: A Desperate Urchin. A Mysterious Stray. … Continue reading Review: The Most Expensive Alley Cat in London by Corinna Turner