Death by Halloween

It is the last day of October, a day that used to be your favourite of the year. As a child, you counted down the days to Halloween, thrilled at the prospect of venturing out into the night in a monster’s clothing and returning with a sack stuffed full with candy. As you grew through … Continue reading

Festival Night

Note: These posts are not meant to be plot summaries, but commentaries. While we do not go out of our way to spoil, hints if not spoilers about later chapters and even books are occasionally discussed. We recommend reading this post after you have read the parts we are discussing. Mars has meant many things … Continue reading

I Will Sell You The Mars Trilogy

I highly suggest you commit whatever time it takes to read the 1800 or so pages in the Mars series by Kim Stanley Robinson, an award winning science fiction epic published in three parts, beginning with Red Mars in 1993. Kim Stanley Robinson delivers what has rightly been called “hard science fiction.” It is a … Continue reading

The Horrible Cripple of Toothpick Palace

In a previous post, I halfassedly mentioned the fact that I wrote a novel which is available as an e-book through Amazon. I felt awkward about this post at the time, because it felt a little desperate and self-serving. Since then, however, I’ve simply come to regret that I didn’t go further. Honestly, if you’re … Continue reading

A short and sloppy interpretation of Heart of Darkness

This interpretation of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is meant to be read by those who have already completed the book. Also, none of the interpretations presented here are meant to be taken as gospel. I don’t know what Conrad meant to put into this novel. I can only tell you what I got … Continue reading

One of us wrote a book…

Hopefully this post doesn’t come off as too self serving, but one of the lads involved in posting on Nothing Just Is has just published an e-book available for purchase for Kindle and Kindle-reading apps. Here is the blurb: Since the first prayer drifted quietly up into the skies, humanity has done business with the … Continue reading

The Tortoise and the Hare

By Dave One day, when he was feeling especially energetic and spry, the hare decided that he would like to put his speed on display. Gathering the creatures of the forest together on the well-trodden path that led through the trees, he announced his intention to prove his athletic ability in a competitive foot-race. “The … Continue reading