Heinlein publishing history was made on March 26, 2013 when the Kickstarter project to fund a graphic novel version of Robert A. Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy achieved its funding goal! With several days yet before the funding date of March 31st, pledges continue to come in from over 260 backers pledging amounts of up[…]
My Virginia Edition of the Complete Works of Robert A. Heinlein arrived and has a new home on shelves in my office! My goodness… with as many things having to do with Heinlein and his legacy I’ve been involved in (Heinlein Archives, Heinlein Society, Heinlein Prize Trust, and more), I didn’t think a book set[…]
Originality of concept often isn’t as important as the freshness and the vitality of the approach. As the Harry Potter series breathed a vibrant new life into some very old fantasy concepts, The Hunger Games gives a hint of that vitality to the post-apocalyptic survival scenario, at least in the first book.
It’s with a great deal of pleasure I direct your attention to an upcoming book by friend, and college roommate, Mary Matthews. Emeralds, Diamonds and Amethysts is the sequel to Splendid Summer, a novel of the Roaring Twenties set in San Diego. The emerald, diamonds, and amethysts in the title refer to what was known[…]
Laura Ingalls Wilder and The Long Winter When I lived out west for ten years or so, and it never snowed and summers were brown and winters were rainy, the book I most read and reread when I was homesick was “The Long Winter”. I can’t say it’s my favorite of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little[…]
The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane by William V. Holtz, reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule. A biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s only daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. It is rather controversial among Laura’s fans as a major premise of the book is that Rose, not Laura, was the real writer of the beloved Little House series of books.
Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Stephen W. Hines, reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule. A collection of articles Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote in the decades before the first of her “Little House” books came out. For about twenty years before her first book, “Little House in the Big Woods,” Laura was a regularly published writer of articles and essays in regional newspapers and farm magazines beginning in 1911.
The Iowa Story: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life in Burr Oak, Iowa by William Anderson Reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule This is a small book, only fifty-two pages long, but it ably fills in the story of the Ingalls’ year in the town of Burr Oak, Iowa. Of the many who research and write about Laura’s[…]
The Spectre of Death Rode the Land: A Southern Family Caught Up in the Union Invasion of Missouri, 1861-1865 by Lois Glass Webb reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule for Civil War St. Louis “The war in Southeast Missouri was not one of glorious battles fought and chronicled for future reveling historians. Nevertheless, brave men skirmished[…]
Autobiography of Samuel S. Hildebrand, Edited by Kirby Ross reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule for Civil War St. Louis “Hooray for Hildebrand,” the bandits at the Ste. Genevieve robbery (presumably the ultimately famous James-Younger gang) shouted as they rode out of town. That piece of history as much as anything secured Sam Hildebrand’s place in[…]