Where the magic happens: on an 11-year-old, pre-Intel PowerBook G4 with no distracting Internet connection.

Broos's books


4 of 5 stars

So moving and insightful that I had to remind myself it wasn't autobiographical. The clinical bits get so personal, though, that reading the book aloud can get kind of disconcerting.

A Sailor of Austria: In Which, Without Really Intending to, Otto Prohaska Becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire

4 of 5 stars

A beautifully written, quietly humorous tale of an Austro-Hungarian U-boat commander during World War I. I was sorry to finish it. But then I remembered I've got three more of them to read.

Red Seas Under Red Skies

4 of 5 stars

Starts out with a bang--which leads to another bang, which leads to another ... Lightweight, but funny and inventive.


Selected Works

The Matty Graves novels
Midshipman Matty Graves must choose between family and duty.

“Refreshingly cynical.”
—Jonathan Lunn

Acting-Lieutenant Matty Graves gets caught up in the Haitian Revolution in 1800. Mayhem ensues!

"[N]ever dull . . ."
—Madison Smartt Bell

Matty seizes the opportunity to make a name and fortune for himself—even if it means destroying those closest to him.

"[U]nusual, if somewhat jaundiced . . ."
Library Journal

Errors after the fact
Seamen's terms in landsmen's language
Haitian Timeline
Nautical info bits
How far it is from here to there, by sea, in English statute miles.
Public domain stuff—I didn't write this.
Yep, still maps

Beyond the Graves


January 3, 2010

Tags: maps, surfers, zombies, Michael Jasper

Speaking of maps—which I was a couple of days ago, down below there a bit—here's the map page at Michael Jasper's website. I don't know Jasper, except that he's big on maps, but I think my own love of maps lets me claim a certain kinship. And maybe his maps aren't as elegant as the ones in, say, The Hobbit—"Feel free to scoff at my (lack of) cartographic skills," he says—but he's enthusiastic. And that counts for a lot.

Jasper is a busy boy. He's got about 18 titles out, according to his Amazon page. Most of them are shorts for the Kindle market, selling for under a dollar, but he writes "real" books as well. Those include a supernatural romance, Heart's Revenge, issued under the name of Julia C. Porter, and A Sudden Outbreak of Magic, a young-adult fantasy set in Dubuque, Iowa.

Hee hee.

But the beauty part is Goddamn Redneck Surfer Zombies. That is the bitchenest title ever.

I hope it has maps.


  1. January 3, 2010 10:23 PM EST
    No maps for the zombie story, alas, but I could draw ya one... :)

    Thanks so much for the kind words.
    - Mike Jasper