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Apocalypse Culture
it was amazing
I don't even know how to categorise this book. I don't hardly even know what to say. It truly earns its title, and it's mind-numbingly and shockingly ...more
Jul 18, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
The Book of Wonder
it was amazing
thus far I really enjoy it.
Dunsany had an extreme influence on H.P. Lovecraft, another of my favourite authors, and it's evident in just this small to
Jul 28, 2008
Aug 21, 2007
Ham on Rye
really liked it
So bizarre. It lost some steam near the end, but the bizarre, frenetic, disgusting, raw energy of this book is just astounding. What a strange and lov ...more
Oct 22, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. A nightmarish journey into the junk underground, told starkly and realistically... No punches pulled. Burroughs is, as always, o ...more
Dec 15, 2013
Jun 10, 2013
Everything Matters!
it was amazing
I just finished it and I don't know exactly what I'm feeling, which is odd. It's terribly beautiful and cathartic in its denouement, but it also leave ...more
Mar 15, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks
it was amazing
What a wonderful book. I absolutely loved it. I knew a lot of things behind the scenes since becoming a fan of Twin Peaks a few years ago, but I learn ...more
Oct 30, 2015
Oct 28, 2015
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
it was amazing
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Lush, lovely historical fiction that reminds me (and this is high praise) of Neal Stephenson's Baroque ...more
not set
Jul 29, 2016
Invisible Monsters
really liked it
Quick read. Not one of Palahniuk's best books. An ending strewn with nihilism and self-destruction, like many of his other books, but the writing was ...more
Dec 2014
Nov 28, 2014
Ready Player One
it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. In every way a love letter to the 80s and all the culture that decade had to offer. So much fun to read. So many echoes of Steph ...more
Jan 27, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
A Door Into Ocean
it was amazing
Easily the best book I've read all year, and, I dare say, one of the best SF books I've ever read. Not in a long time have I enjoyed a book as much as ...more
Aug 03, 2015
Jul 27, 2015
Blindsight (Firefall, #1)
it was amazing
Wow. One of the best sci-fi novels I've ever read. Super dystopian, hard sci-fi, written by a marine biologist. This is some serious pessimism, but it ...more
Feb 28, 2016
Feb 23, 2016
The Soft Machine (The Nova Trilogy #1)
liked it
Apocalyptic, transgressive, bizarre, fascinating. Though the almost ubiquitous emphasis on sex was a bit excessive. I know that it's sort of Burroughs ...more
Mar 04, 2016
Dec 17, 2013
The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, #2)
it was amazing
This book was goddamn amazing. And, like Cryptonomicon, and Quicksilver before it, even after 800ish pages, I didn't want to put it down. I've read fe ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Feb 03, 2010
Under the Skin
it was amazing
Ridiculously good. It's a far different animal than the film adaptation, but the film complements it nicely. I like knowing a little more about her mo ...more
Apr 24, 2016
Apr 20, 2016
Roadside Picnic
it was amazing
Wonderfully dystopian and bleak. Not overly expository like some sci-fi -- the book assumes you're not an idiot and can fill in the blanks yourself. T ...more
May 29, 2015
May 20, 2015
The King in Yellow
really liked it
A delightfully strange little collection of stories. The first four are somewhat connected, and are full of terrors (their DNA is definitely in Lovecr ...more
Mar 14, 2016
Mar 05, 2016
Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)
it was amazing
Fascinating read. It was nice to get back into the world of The Shining and to peek at Danny Torrance's Nachleben, if you will. Got pretty dark, wonde ...more
May 20, 2015
May 13, 2015
The Terror and Other Stories: Vol. 3 of The Best Weird Tales of Arthur Machen (Call of Cthulhu Fiction)
really liked it
I really enjoyed spending some more time in Machen's terrifyingly beautiful worlds. Loci amoeni quickly are revealed as loci inamoeni, and there's alw ...more
Mar 14, 2015
Mar 03, 2015
The Annotated Lolita
it was amazing
What a brilliant book. Nabokov effortlessly flits from English to French, German, Spanish, Latin, and others as he weaves a delightfully deadly game o ...more
not set
Aug 17, 2014
Snowpiercer: The Escape (Snowpiercer, #1)
liked it
One of the rare times that I liked a film adaptation better. It was interesting but not at all what I expected. Will read vol. 2 and see where that go ...more
Jan 28, 2016
Jan 25, 2016
Asterios Polyp
it was amazing
Heartbreakingly lovely. Fun classical references throughout, but really, poignant, beautiful, sad, and just plain interesting.
Feb 16, 2016
Feb 15, 2016
Natural Ordermage (The Saga of Recluce, #14)
really liked it
Enjoyed returning to the world of Recluce. I don't need to own the books anymore, but I'm looking forward to finishing the series at least. An interes ...more
Oct 14, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
Authority (Southern Reach, #2)
it was amazing
Fantastically unnerving and darkly beautiful. A bizarre reversal of the first book, giving narrative duties to one of those in Control (supposedly).
Oct 07, 2014
Oct 02, 2014
The Story of English in 100 Words
it was amazing
A great linguistic travelogue through the evolution of English. Accessible for linguists and laypeople alike.
not set
Oct 17, 2014
Cyador's Heirs (The Saga of Recluce, #17)
really liked it
In general, more of the same, but it benefits from the "Mega Man" effect: you know what you're going to get, but it's fun nonetheless. I've been readi ...more
Jun 06, 2015
May 21, 2015
The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies
it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. Loved the dissection of horror tropes and the lit-crit approaches to Gothic horror. Can't wait to read more of his stuff. "Techn ...more
Feb 23, 2016
Feb 28, 2014
Waiting Period
it was amazing
"Wonder upon wonder. The man is not only without fault, he is with virtue. His nobility brightens the night sky. Oh my son, my son, what joy you awake ...more
Dec 20, 2013
Dec 05, 2012
The Bone Clocks
it was amazing
Bittersweet and gorgeously mind-melting. Or mind-meltingly gorgeous, that'll work too.
Aug 10, 2016
Aug 02, 2016
The Last Samurai
it was amazing
Absolutely loved it. I wish I had been as precocious as Ludo, learning Greek &c. at a very early age and devouring Homer and others. Such a fun an ...more
Nov 28, 2014
Nov 11, 2014
A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, #14)
really liked it
After almost 15 years of reading these books, I had to finish the series. Not entirely satisfying, and at times way too prolix, but oh well. FINIS.
May 14, 2013
Apr 30, 2013
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