It is now time to think seriously about buy Christmas presents for all the
leech-like parasites people we love. If you’re here, then many of you probably have readers, or film lovers, or sci-fi enthusiasts on your list.
With that in mind, I’ve got a few recommendations for you to consider.
First of all, and I’m sure you won’t begrudge me the position, are my own works!
For the historically minded would-be gentleman in your life, this is a must have! Freshly edited, with footnotes and a handy compilation of the author’s best and most astute sayings.
In a very special deal, this rollicking adventure novel will be available completely free in the Kindle edition starting November 24th (Thanksgiving) through cyber-dystopia Monday, November 28th.
Another exciting announcement; for anyone who wants to read the book, but has qualms about supporting Amazon, it is now available for sale through Lulu. Unfortunately, it’s considerably more expensive over there (nothing I can do about that I’m afraid), but you can rest assured that none of the money goes to the rainforest of lies.
Cozy mystery featuring the first appearance of Malachi Burke. This new review will tell you why you might enjoy this one.
My first published work (well, first one that’s still available) is a must-own for the classic Disney fan in your life.
A quick, tasty collection of hair-raising tales of murder, danger, and above all suspense!
Now that that’s out of the way, here are some other worthwhile suggestions:
See my review for why you should get this one. Perfect gift for the classic sci-fi fan.
E.R. Burrough’s typically thrilling and romantic take on the Frankenstein idea, set in the jungles of southeast Asia and featuring all his usual tropes, plus some reasonably solid musings on man and nobility.
From Arthur C. Clarke, a fascinating classic sci-fi tale about first contact with an enormous alien ship. Features typical 70s sci-fi social nonsense and characters you’ll forget as soon as it’s over, but gloriously rich ideas and imagery that’ll stick with you for years to come.
Choice selections from Kenhelm Digby’s enormous magnum opus, The Broad Stone of Honour, this more digestible volume serves as an indispensable introduction to the ideals of Chivalry.
Dr. Johnson’s travel book of his 1773 tour of the Hebrides, laced through with the great man’s astute observations, warmth of feeling, and inimitable personality.
(Note: this edition, like most, also includes Boswell’s account of the journey, which I haven’t read yet, but feel pretty confident in recommending. Boswell writes about Johnson is usually a pretty safe bet)
Part novel, part history, this book by Louis de Wohl provides a fascinating and inspiring look at St. Francis Xavier and, through him, the origins of the Jesuit Order (back when it was, you know, good).
Full disclosure, I haven’t finished yet, but I feel pretty safe in recommending.
And finally, here are some movie recommendations for any cinemaphiles in your life from things I’ve seen over the past year (with links to my reviews if applicable):