|“Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life.” — Charles Scribner, Jr.
||Language is a medium of culture, an insight into the ethos of a people. While I may not be a polyglot, I can appreciate the diversity of the world’s languages; Thai is the only other language in which I can speak, read, and write. Through learning Thai (a decade ago and still learning), I began to truly appreciate my own language… and when I began to read more literature (specifically science fiction) in English, my lingual curiosity stirred: What is the rest of the world writing about?
||Words, themselves, have stories.
|For the sake of consistency and aesthetics, I’ll try to limit the word count of my reviews; I once topped 3,000 words for Olaf Stapleton’s Last and First Men (1930). Also, individual shortstories, novelettes, and novellas will be reviewed separate from their respective collection. The word counts are as follows: poems (50), shortstories (300), novelettes, (550), novellas (800), and novels (1050).