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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
 
High-Rise
3.86
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
 
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
 
The Long Tomorrow
3.57
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
 
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
 
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)
3.80
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
 
Roadside Picnic (S.F. Masterworks)
4.23
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
 
Chronicles of the Crusades
3.77
Going on a crusade never seemed like a very good idea to me, and reading this firsthand accounts of the 4th and 7th crusades reinforced my opinion.

In...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
 
The Legion of Space
3.40
Zowie!

When the the last time you finished reading a book and said, "Zowie!"?

I might have said it when I finished Jack Williamson's The Legion of Space...more
May 08, 2012
May 08, 2012
 
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
 
Vulcan's Hammer
3.44
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
 
'Salem's Lot
3.94
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
 
Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids
3.72
Ask me about the Loch Ness Monster. Having read Abominable Science I now know more than I ever thought I would about this particular cryptid.

Cryptids...more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
 
The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World
4.21
Is horror becoming the new frontier for young authors who have established themselves in the world of literary fiction? Did their parents or older sib...more
Jun 30, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
 
Noise
3.34
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
 
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
 
The Stochastic Man
3.57
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
 
Blueprints of the Afterlife
3.72
Let's imagine that at some point during the 1980's a group known as the Kirkpatrick Academy scoured the country, maybe the world, for the brightest yo...more
Jan 27, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
 
The World of Null-A
3.75
Science fiction writer A. E. van Vogt liked big ideas. In the 1950's he became head of fellow sf writer L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics Institute, the secu...more
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 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
 
Solaris
3.93
Packed into his landing module and jettisoned from an interstellar spacecraft, Kris Kelvin heads towards Solaris. Solaris is a watery planet that has...more
Mar 02, 2014
Mar 02, 2014
 
Mars Attacks
4.30
The Topps Company is best known for their annual sports trading cards which they have produced since 1938. But they have always maintained other lines...more
Sep 26, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
 
After Dark, My Sweet (Crime Masterworks)
3.96
Jim Thompson is to psychosis what Philip K. Dick is to paranoia. That is to say: The American Master of…

Bill Collins is a good-looking ex-boxer who kn...more
Dec 13, 2013
Dec 13, 2013
 
Super-Cannes
3.68
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
 
The Man in the High Castle
3.83
I've never been big on Alternative History novels. Never been tempted by those Harry Turtledove books that show spacecraft flying Confederate flags or...more
Apr 05, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
 
Log of the S.S. the Mrs. Unguentine
4.22
A drunken Mr. Unguentine falls from the railing of the barge, thus ending a forty year marriage that began with a night of love on a catamaran and was...more
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
 
The Silent Invaders
3.18
Perhaps the most entertaining aspect of the 1977 Ace paperback edition I read of this novel was Silverberg's introduction. He describes how when shopp...more
Jun 22, 2013
Jun 22, 2013
 
The Drifting Classroom, Vol. 1
3.74
Umezu is the best visual storyteller of the horror manga writers I've read, but I think I have found his stylistic weak point in The Drifting Classroo...more
Jul 17, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
 
Apocalypse of the Dead (Dead World, #2)
4.00
Two years after the outbreak of zombification chronicled in McKinney's first novel Dead City, things, as you might expect, are not turning out well. A...more
Apr 04, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
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