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Gorgon Book Review

Feb 05, 2015 No Comments

Greig Beck dedicates Gorgon to the men and women of the Australia & New Zealand Armed Forces—doubtless an innocent gesture from an ANZAC-loving Aussie, but one that left this American reader a bit leery.  Ever since September 11th, the United States has lost anything like a balanced perspective on the military.  “Support the troops” is […]

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Plague World: An Ashley Parker Novel Book Review

Dec 11, 2014 No Comments

Trilogies are supposed to end on an up-note, right?  Like, with a musical feast and dancing Ewoks and happy ghost-friends and family.  I mean, the middle chapters are the ones where things happen like Luke getting his hand light-sabered off and finding out that the bad guy in black is actually called “Dad.”  You know, […]

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Read or Else: The Pumpkin Man by John Everson

Nov 13, 2014 No Comments

You feel the dried page against your finger and hear a subtle crack as you gingerly turn it.  The book’s spine is stiff and you look down, taking in the yellowed paper.   In the dimly lit room you smile coyly to yourself.  The book is well-worn; others have held it before you and felt the […]

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Butterfly Skin Book Review

Sep 30, 2014 No Comments

Russian literature, or at least the type you might read in college, is known for its intensity and mountains of cerebral ramblings on all things unanswerable. From Dostoevsky to Bulgakov, the best Russian writers don’t deal with miniatures or micro narratives. The Brothers Karamazov somehow manages to tackle both familial relations and the heart of […]

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Witch Island Book Review

Sep 02, 2014 No Comments

Before zombies, vampires, and werewolves, there were witches. There are many parts of the world where one can still be unceremoniously murdered over simply an accusation of witchcraft. Sure, it’s been a while since they were in vogue: Willow from BUFFY, The Craft, Sabrina, CHARMED. The nineties were a time to wear your pointy black […]

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Coldbrook Book Review

Aug 14, 2014 No Comments

The Beginning of the Blog: Thursday: Part 1: The Introduction: The Beginning: I don’t understand why this book is so popular, but it is. Tim Lebbon is a fairly prolific author with a Bram Stoker Award-winning short story and 30+ novels and comic book stories tucked into his professional portfolio. He’s done several movie novelizations […]

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Read or Else: Ghoul by Brian Keene

Aug 07, 2014 No Comments

You feel the dried page against your finger and hear a subtle crack as you gingerly turn it.  The book’s spine is stiff and you look down, taking in the yellowed paper.   In the dimly lit room you smile coyly to yourself.  The book is well-worn; others have held it before you and felt the […]

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Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War Book Review

Jul 24, 2014 No Comments

There are many Sherlockians out there right now. Frankly, it’s a Sherlockian world, and the tremendously popular BBC series isn’t showing any signs of letting up. I remember once speaking to an English professor that I respected about how certain writers come in and out of fashion. My case in point at the time was […]

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The Vagrants Novella Review

Jun 05, 2014 No Comments

I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Brian Moreland’s new novella The Vagrants (Samhain Publishing).  With a page count of a shade over 100, Moreland somehow manages to both create depth to his characters as well as create an entirely new world that could support an entire franchise if he wished it to. […]

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Alien: The Official Movie Novelization Book Review

May 04, 2014 No Comments

“Seven dreamers…” Like most horror fanatics, Alien was my first venture into the world of science-fiction terror. The film evokes such an inky black feeling of dread and tension, it remains to this day a film that sticks with me days after I re-watch it. Having recently read the novelization of the seminal film, I […]

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