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Reactions to “St. Nicholas and the Dragon” by Laura Hickman and Tracy Hickman


St. Nicholas and the Dragon by Laura Hickman My rating: 4 of 5 stars A charming short book telling a St. Nicholas origin story in a lighthearted fantasy context. Engaging tone with an instantly understandable world. Occasionally a little too jarringly cutesy with the insertion of lyrics from Christmas carols and other popular references, but […]

Reactions to “Naughty & Nice” (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI, #3.5) by Kevin Anderson


Naughty & Nice by Kevin J. Anderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Charming holiday story using characters I suspect Anderson has introduced in earlier works, though it’s not necessary to have read those to enjoy “Naughty & Nice”. Anderson deftly and lightheartedly merges the noir-ish black comedy world of the zombie private investigator and […]

A beautiful passage from WWII


From the menu of a 1944 Christmas dinner on a cold US army base in Italy…. Alone of all American holidays, Christmas has been held inviolate, and will be observed throughout the Army by order of the War Department. By this wise exception men may have a brief respite from the grim business of war […]