What is Speculiction?  Well, as much as I'd like to think this blog is my special little corner of the web, a place where the most cosmopolitan of book reviews are recorded and the most profound of travel writing is laid down, I know better.  It is just an escape valve for bibliophilia and a place to post the thoughts and images of my travel, and sometimes video games.  In this day and age, it is typical blog fodder.  If your interests happen to coincide with mine, by all means have a look.

Though a reader in many fields, 90% of the posts reflect my main reading habit the past seven years, speculative fiction (hence the blog title), with a smattering of other fiction mixed in.  (You'll also find non-fiction reviews, the occasional video game review, as well as photos and commentary on where I've traveled and lived around the world.)  Wanting to get as broad an overview as possible, the book reviews cover the length and breadth of science fiction, fantasy, and the fuzziness between and around.  From old to new, long to short, well known to less known, core genre to  outlier, I've been sucked in by the side of literature which invites us to take a look at life and the human condition from another perspective.  Imaginatively re-visioning the world and society as we know it in intelligent fashion, writers like Stanislaw Lem, Ian McDonald, Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, M. John Harrison, J.G. Ballard, Paul DiFilippo, Jeffrey Ford, Robert Sheckley, Elizabeth Hand, Michael Bishop, Christopher Priest, Adam Roberts, Maureen McHugh, Ian Macleod, James Morrow, Ursula Le Guin, and others have grabbed me and won't let go.  Some of the books I read are review copies provided by publishers, but most I purchase myself.  Regardless, I'm never paid, and all opinions are free of ulterior motive.
My negative reviews of many popular books do not go over well, thus it should be stated I have higher expectations than the latest mainstream thriller or sword and sorcery story.  There needs to be some substance to the material and quality to the writing if it is to be engaged with.  I do enjoy a good beach read, but cheap entertainment is not always sufficient to truly find value in a book.  For more on this, you may refer to the blog's review policy and mission statement.

So, feel free to leave your comments and opinions, and I hope you enjoy Speculiction.