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well-written, dark and surprising stories about a group of people i've never encountered in literature before (although they are at times somewhat rem...more
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Nov 12, 2009
Slan (Slan, #1)
i don't get van vogt. i mean i get that this book came out in 1940, and came up with the whole poor-misunderstood-and-hunted-mutant x-men-y thing, and...more
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Nov 18, 2010
Angel Dust Apocalypse
johnson thanks selby, burroughs, vonnegut, barker, king, and ellroy (among others) in the dedication of this book, and i see all of them in his writin...more
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Dec 26, 2010
Adland: Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet
When I was in elementary school, and in the Gifted-and-Getting-Made-Fun-of-for-It Program, the best thing we ever did was study advertising. We had to...more
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Nov 07, 2009
Short Shorts
it's silly to give this collection only 3 stars, as it includes some of my all-time favorite stories, like tolstoy's "the three hermits," joao guimara...more
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Oct 04, 2009
The House Next Door
wow, this was so close to being a really amazing book! still pretty damn good, just not... legendary good. but hey.

i love haunted house books, and tha...more
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Nov 05, 2009
Spoon River Anthology
i admit that i probably love the idea of this book more than the actual book, but i love the idea of it so damn much that the actual thing still gets...more
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Oct 10, 2009
Pilgrimage to Earth
apparently sheckley wrote over 400 stories. which is good news, seeing how i can't stop reading them. they're really just so wonderful. it's kind of l...more
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Jun 30, 2012
Destiny is the music of the improbable. Were it otherwise, almost anyone could exist.

Himself he hired
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Nov 27, 2011
The Drowned Life
jeffrey ford is my new discovery... i stumbled into a reading of his at readercon in massachusetts back in july, and then a second one at the world fa...more
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Nov 27, 2011
Bad Boy
in his novels, thompson comes off as a guy who understands the ins and outs of everything-- every person, every business, every relationship, every id...more
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Apr 04, 2009
Written Lives
picked this book up on a whim at the used bookstore because of the cover; one of the best $4.95's i ever spent. i tend to shy away from literary biogr...more
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Oct 25, 2010
Death in the Andes
wow, totally masterful book. never read any llosa before. it's a love story, a mystery, an historical investigation... a full statement on the human c...more
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Jun 10, 2011
Night Of Light
i really love Philip José Farmer, i just never really like any of his books. he has this tremendous, completely unbound imagination-- second only, i t...more
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Oct 29, 2010
Glengarry Glen Ross
this used to be one of my favorite movies; it's not anymore, but it was for a long time. now when i watch it, the movie seems (like the play) to just...more
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Jan 03, 2012
Blood on the Moon (Lloyd Hopkins, #1)
this is early ellroy, before he became stylistically himself, and as such is strangely awkward at times, even laughable in moments in dialogue and cha...more
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Oct 24, 2010
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
In the neverending battle of Best Book By A Writer Who Only Wrote One Book, my vote is now for this one.

It's a cumulatively affecting three-part auto...more
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Nov 28, 2009
Prisoner of Sex
well, after that Gospel According to the Son debacle, i decided to channel my norman mailer thing into his non-fiction for a while... and i'm very gla...more
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Aug 31, 2011
House of Games
well it's one of my favorite movies, i've probably watched it a hundred times, but there's something about the ending that i can never really understa...more
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Jan 04, 2013
Night Shift
i don't know how i never read this before; i've loved stephen king my whole life, i feel like an idiot! it's like i just found out that there was an o...more
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Jul 25, 2011
i almost loved this book. it's really very funny, and the writing is so clear, it's like a window. it's a portrait of a friendship between two (idiot?...more
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Jun 07, 2011
The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)
it's been eight or nine years since i last read this, and it almost, but doesn't quite, hold up. it's still probably the best book i've ever read abou...more
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Apr 07, 2009
Sharp Teeth
this is an epic free verse poem about rival werewolf gangs in modern day los angeles. the first couple pages were absolutely fantastic, and the writin...more
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Sep 05, 2011
Notions: Unlimited
not really sure how i made it this far without ever reading any sheckley before. happened upon a fancy new NYRB collection of his stories in a booksto...more
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Jun 27, 2012
Byte Beautiful: Eight Science Fiction Stories
pretty sure that "the man who walked home" is one of the best stories i've ever read. some of the other stories in this collection didn't do as much f...more
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Apr 06, 2012
The Case Against Happiness
i can't say i understand all of these poems-- they're like ladders you start climbing and then suddenly you're in another dimension-- but they have th...more
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Oct 28, 2010
Dom Casmurro
the guy's such a smooth and smart and fun and amazingly modern writer for a 19th century guy, i feel bad about giving this book 2 stars after loving M...more
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May 29, 2009
Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
very strange book, though not as strange as i'd like. it's basically dyer live-blogging the experience of watching andrei tarkovksy's 1979 film stalke...more
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Apr 22, 2013
Dr. Adder
just a furious visionary mindfuck of a book, good lord. somewhere between dick's The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and ballard's The Atrocity Exhi...more
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Sep 30, 2012
The Tides
i've been fascinated by the whole Melanie Tem / Steve Tem thing for a couple years, but now it's really starting to peak. his collection City Fishing...more
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Oct 18, 2010