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Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade
4.01
In 1926, when he was 17 years old, Samuel Steward learned that Rudolph Valentino was checked into a downtown Columbus, Ohio, hotel under his real name ...more
Feb 11, 2011
Feb 23, 2011
 
American Elsewhere
3.75
When her alcoholic father dies, ex-cop Mona Bright discovers that part of her inheritance is a house once owned by her mother in the town of Wink, New ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
 
The Cipher
3.44
Just about everyone has known at least one guy who always hooked up with crazy girlfriends. In that same vein, who hasn't known girls whose boyfriends ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
 
High-Rise
3.81
Imagine the bloated bestseller that could be made from the material in this book. We would be introduced to characters as they moved into their apartm ...more
Aug 02, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
 
Vulcan's Hammer
3.47
Even Lawrence Sutin, PKD's biographer, refers to this one as dreck. As per usual for Dick's novels of this period, there has been a devastating war in ...more
Mar 09, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
 
Texas: The Great Theft
3.61
For native Texans, “The Great Theft” component of this novel’s title could be substituted with “The Great Corrective,” or even “The Great Slap in the ...more
Dec 26, 2014
Dec 26, 2014
 
At the Mountains of Madness: A Graphic Novel
3.84
H.P. Lovecraft wrote, or more accurately, overwrote At the Mountains of Madness in 1936. (That "overwrote" in the preceding sentence already has me on ...more
Jul 23, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
 
Helliconia Spring (Helliconia, #1)
3.64
I guess I am joining the chorus of voices who express frustration if not outright disappointment with this book. Aldiss has written several sf novels ...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
 
The Game-Players of Titan
3.63
"Anyhow, Pete Garden, you were psychotic and drunk and on amphetamines and hallucinating, but basically you perceived the reality that confronts us... ...more
Nov 12, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
 
Conjure Wife
3.84
Before I knew better, I assumed that Fritz Leiber's Conjure Wife was the basis for Rene Clair's film I Married a Witch. But no. Clair's 1942 film is b ...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
 
Motherfucking Sharks
4.00
Since I am at a loss to say what Carr's novella is, I am going to list some things it is not.

It is not horror.
It is not science fiction
It is not an al
...more
Dec 03, 2014
Dec 03, 2014
 
The Star Diaries: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy
4.26
The morning I started reading this edition of Lem’s Star Diaries, I got about a hundred pages into it. When I put it down, I felt like I had over-indu ...more
Feb 2015
Feb 01, 2015
 
Super-Cannes
3.69
J.G. Ballard established that architecture can drive you in crazy in High Rise, his 1975 novel in which residents of a new, luxury apartment tower deg ...more
Apr 16, 2014
Apr 16, 2014
 
Flesh Eaters (Dead World, #3)
3.93
McKinney won the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for this third volume of his Dead Flesh Trilogy. If these three books were conceived as a trilogy they have on ...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
 
Noise
3.25
Without realizing it, Hiram and Levi had been in training for the Collapse most of their lives. They learned lessons in shop class, Boy Scouts, Renais ...more
Dec 04, 2011
Nov 23, 2011
 
Roadside Picnic (S.F. Masterworks)
4.22
The Visit occurred sometime in last half of the 20th century. Aliens dropped by earth, landing in six areas scattered across the globe. They stayed a ...more
Feb 2014
Feb 01, 2014
 
The Long Tomorrow
3.59
By all accounts I've read, Brackett's 1955 novel is the first, post-nuclear holocaust novel written in the U.S. It takes place around a century after ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Chronicles of the Crusades
3.80
Going on a crusade never seemed like a very good idea to me, and reading these firsthand accounts of the 4th and 7th crusades reinforced my opinion.

In
...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
 
The Zap Gun
3.39
I was about fifty pages into The Zap Gun when it hit me. This PKD novel is a sustained satire on a focused topic. Each chapter did not introduce new c ...more
Jun 03, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
 
Salem's Lot
3.96
I do not believe that when Stephen King wrote ‘Salem’s Lot he set out to write the Great American Vampire Novel. He published his book in 1975, and th ...more
Nov 03, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
 
Three Tales
3.76

Flaubert tells the lives of three saints in styles suited to their times yet always unmistakably his own. He relates the story of Felicite, an illiter
...more
May 27, 2015
May 27, 2015
 
Some of Your Blood
3.94
Theodore Sturgeon wrote some of the best and most formally inventive sf of its day. But remember, Sturgeon's Law states. "90% of everything is crap." ...more
Mar 30, 2011
Apr 02, 2011
 
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
3.81
The last long science fiction I read was Dune the year it came out. Then a long period of no science fiction, and in the past year a return to the gen ...more
Mar 16, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
 
I Love Dick
4.07
In a just world, this would be the next selection of the Oprah Book Club.
Apr 11, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
 
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
3.95
This novel is as good, as bad, as overstuffed, and as enjoyable as readers report. In a recent issue of Locus, Simon Ing complains, I think humorously ...more
Feb 25, 2015
Feb 25, 2015
 
The Golden
3.52
In 1860 the vampire elite gathers at Castle Banat, deep in the Carpathian mountains. They are there for The Decanting, a ceremony in which a chosen fe ...more
Oct 08, 2014
Oct 08, 2014
 
Man Plus
3.73
In 1953, Frederick Pohl teamed with C.M. Kornbluth and wrote The Space Merchants, one of the greatest American SF novels of the 20th century. And sinc ...more
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
 
The Crack in Space
3.44
Regular readers of Philip K Dick would not expect him to write a novel exploring social issues, but in this case that is what he seems to think he is ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
 
Dead City (Dead World, #1)
3.77
According to the blurb on the front of this book, "These are not your mother's zombies."

I was never aware of my mother having had any zombies, and sin
...more
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
 
The Stochastic Man
3.61
Robert Silverberg considered The Stochastic Man a valedictory offering. When he wrote the novel in the early 1970's he had already resolved to effect ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
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