Georgie, Herald of Wickedness

F.T. McKinstry

I recently had the honor of sharing this on Mighty Thor JRS, an awesome blog to follow if you’re into Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, Vikings and Norse Mythology. Here it is again in case you missed it.


When I was a little kid, my mother would read me stories from a vintage 1960s Childcraft book. Well (clears throat), it wasn’t vintage then but whatever. My favorite story was called “Georgie,” about a ghost that haunted an old New England house and its kindly owners. Georgie wasn’t a bad ghost, just a little confused. I related to him. The addition of Herman the cat and Miss Oliver the owl permanently embedded this tale in my subconscious—or perhaps it was the other way around. Hard to tell.

Anyway, as it turns out, Georgie was a herald. All my favorite tales involve the Otherworld in one way or another, whether it’s a…

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I’m starting to get bored with reviewing books, so I thought I’d change the way I review. I’m not sure how it will turn out, but I have renewed interest after coming to this decision. Until next time, followers, have a great weekend 😀

Through a Mythos Darkly

Through a Mythos Darkly


Some stories fall through cracks. Some whole books do.

Getting a story in THROUGH A MYTHOS DARKLY was a big deal for me. It’s from PS Publishing, who were one of my white whale publishers, and my story in it is an alternative history Arthurian thing, influenced as much by Michael Moorcock as by H P Lovecraft. I had an awful lot of fun writing it, loose and racing, and it’s one of my favorites of all the stories I’ve written.

And yet… I’m not sure anybody’s read it. Sure, the book is out, and the hardcover in particular is a lovely, lovely thing. But I’ve yet to see a single review, not even on Amazon, and it’s as if the book’s invisible now that it’s out there in the wild.

So if this is your first time hearing about it, seek it out and give it a chance. There’s…

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My Review of Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks


Uncommon Type: Some Stories - Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks is a book of short stories. 

Being absolutely enamored with Tom Hanks, I had to get this book. There were several stories that I loved and some I liked, but none that I didn’t. Tom has a way of telling stories that get your attention, and I could actually hear him telling these stories because these stories ARE Tom Hanks. Overall, this is a decent collection for Tom’s debut. 

Purchased from Amazon.

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My Review of Winemaker of the North by J.T. Williams


Winemaker Of The North (Saints of Wura #1) - J.H. Williams III

Winemaker of the North by J.T. Williams is the first installment in the Saints of Wura trilogy. Sviska is an assassin disguised as a winemaker.

I had a hard time with this book. It starts out good, but ends up being a bit slow. I felt as though Sviska was not an assassin at all. I know he was in disguise, but he had several opportunities to show me that he was, in fact, an assassin. There was action at the beginning and action at the end, but not much going on in the middle. I would have liked to see more character growth.

Purchased from Amazon.

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Dragons Weep – Ursula K. Le Guin 1929-2018.

MacKENZIE's Dragon's Nest

“My soul is ten thousand miles wide and extremely invisibly deep. It is the same size as the sea, and you cannot, you cannot cram it into beer cans and fingernails and stake it out in lots and own it. It will drown you all and never even notice.” 

… Searoad

There are writers who touch us, who teach us, who look at the world in eye-opening ways. Writers who not only reflect the world we live in but also dare to shape it into something the rest of us mere mortals had not even imagined. And when they are gone, and their voices silenced, there is a hole in the world; we are all the poorer for their passing.

For me, Ursula Le Guin was such a writer. 

The Lathe of Heaven; Left Hand of Darkness; Tales of Earthsea; The Dispossessed…In Fantasy and Science Fiction, novels, short stories…

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My Review of Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett


Marabel and the Book of Fate - Tracy Barrett

Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett is a story of a young girl, Marabel, on a mission to save her twin brother, Marco. With the help of friends, Marabel soon finds it’s harder than she first thought.


This is a wonderful and delightful story of a young girl who’s trying to find her brother while finding herself. Tracy’s has a whimsical imagination and a knack for storytelling. The characters were believable, and I enjoyed getting to know Marabel. This was such a fun book to read.


Received a copy via NetGalley, and all opinions are my own.

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