Author Archives: Barbara Howe

Doomsday Book

Category: Historical fiction / SciFi crossover Rating: PG-13. No sex or violence, but a very high body count, including characters that matter, and a child’s pet. Doomsday Book is an award-winning* time-travel novel by Connie Willis. It was published in the … Continue reading

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Lord Darcy

Categories: fantasy / mystery / alternate history Rating: PG The time: the 1960’s. The place: the bustling port of Cherbourg. A nobleman in the Anglo-French Empire, engaged in a sensitive international inquiry, is missing. Lord Darcy, detective, and Master Sean … Continue reading

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Introductions to SFF

At Lexicon, I had volunteered to be on a panel discussing “Introductions to SFF: Want to introduce a friend—or a child—to the genres you love, but don’t know how to ease them in?” Our panel was on at the same … Continue reading

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Lexicon at Taupo

Had a fantastic time this past weekend at Lexicon, the New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Conference held in Taupo. Made a few new friends, had some good laughs, and learned some useful things about writing and the state … Continue reading

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The Brother Cadfael Chronicles

I love mysteries. I love historical novels. So it should come as no surprise that I love historical mysteries, and the Brother Cadfael Chronicles are among my favourites. Which is fitting, since that series more or less defined the historical … Continue reading

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This need to read

I don’t remember learning to read. I don’t remember ever not reading. Reading is a reflex action, as much a part of my life as eating or breathing. Put anything with English words in front of my face, and I … Continue reading

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Let’s get this started

When the firehose of the internet spews out content at an ever-increasing rate, will my little blog ever be noticed? Will anyone care what I write here? Probably not. Here goes, anyway. Perhaps I should have started this blog years … Continue reading

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