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Shoplifting from American Apparel
3.19
Look, people have shit on those who write for a new zeitgeist pretty much since publishing evolved from the Gutenberg Press to a more accessible means ...more
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May 09, 2011
 
Naïve. Super
3.90
Of course, this is the sort of novel that could only happen in a relatively benign place like Norway where a grown man playing with a little boy doesn ...more
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Apr 06, 2011
 
Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals
3.82
If you put Charles Dickens’ tendency to heap ignominy and ill-use on his young heroes, Horatio Alger’s optimism for the merits of work and a job well ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 03, 2011
 
PopCo
3.74
PopCo by Scarlett Thomas is one of those books that is a revelation. Every now and then, I come across a book wherein I know the author’s ideas and be ...more
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Jan 25, 2010
 
Museum of the Weird
3.79
There isn’t a bad story in this collection, and my innate hypergraphia is taking a nap at the moment, so I will just focus on the best of the bunch.

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Nov 28, 2011
 
Janitor of Planet Anilingus
4.41
This is actually a 4.5 star book.

You can read my entire message here.

Review snippet: I started this book with no small amount of trepidation. As it
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Apr 28, 2013
 
Hunger
4.10
You can read my entire discussion about this book here.

Discussion snippet: "I’ve been putting off discussing this book because I don’t know where to s
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May 09, 2012
 
The Bizarro Story of I
3.83
This is a three-and-a-half star review.

This book may not be the best bizarro book I have ever read, but it employs one of the best mindfucks that I’ve
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May 18, 2012
 
Thirteen Girls
4.08
This book is deceptively simple: Brottman wrote short stories about the deaths of thirteen young women, some killed by famous serial killers, some pic ...more
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Mar 05, 2014
 
Grudge Punk
4.26
I first encountered John McNee in 2011 when I read a relatively mediocre extreme horror short story collection. His story was the best in the book, a ...more
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Feb 27, 2014
 
Necro Files: Two Decades of Extreme Horror
3.78
You can read my entire discussion here. This was, all in all, a terrible collection wherein you will find five good stories. The rest is a sexist, mis ...more
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Feb 15, 2013
 
The Plight House
4.16
I have a strong feeling that this may be a book that requires a certain level of experience to understand. Of course, feelings of misplaced responsibi ...more
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Feb 08, 2013
 
Sleep Has No Master
4.56
I think ultimately what makes this book so fucking good is not that it clearly ripped off all of my memories and crammed them into a short story colle ...more
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Mar 20, 2013
 
Love in the Time of Dinosaurs
3.91
The bare bones of the plot, without excessive spoilerage, are as follows: A monk, whose name we never learn, is also a soldier in a war against the di ...more
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Feb 16, 2011
 
Tampa
3.29
Before I begin discussing this book in earnest, here is a brief synopsis: Celeste Price, who is definitely a stand-in for the real life hebephile Debr ...more
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Oct 24, 2014
 
Gardens of Earthly Delight
3.67
I discussed this book in depth on my site - you can read my entire discussion here.

Review snippet: I honestly don’t understand why I loved this book.
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Aug 29, 2011
 
The Membranous Lounge
4.33
There are recurring themes and details in this collection: nosebleeds, puddles of mud, suicide obsessions, LSD use, revenge via supernatural powers, r ...more
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May 13, 2011
 
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
3.87
I wanted to love this book. I wanted to love David Foster Wallace. I bought this book after I had a dream. I dreamt of a strong-jawed man with long ha ...more
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Feb 05, 2011
 
D.D. Murphry, Secret Policeman
4.62
This book was about a million times better than I could ever have hoped it would be. Most excellent, I highly recommend it. You can read my entire dis ...more
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Aug 04, 2011
 
How to Eat Fried Furries
3.85
But killing Santa is only part of this book. And while the title refers to furries, they are not those kinds of furries, the kind mocked on CSI. They ...more
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Nov 08, 2010
 
Got Me Wrong
4.00
When I read this collection, I didn’t feel kinship with the stories. Despite having a glimpse into the lives of strangers, at times intimate looks, I ...more
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Oct 21, 2013
 
Deadfall Hotel
3.16
My selection of "read" is misleading. I actually gave up halfway through. These days I only finish a book I dislike if it would be a good addition to ...more
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May 18, 2012
 
Tell-All
2.81
I have never been more grateful to see the end of a Palahniuk book. I also cannot believe I have nothing more to say about this book, but there you go ...more
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Aug 04, 2011
 
Discouraging at Best
4.35
It was unsettling to pick up the book and not remember much aside from the fact that there was an anthropological dig at George W. Bush. I read Sick: ...more
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Aug 11, 2010
 
Lowboy
3.17
A couple of people whose opinions I really respect recommended Lowboy to me, saying it was in a similar vein to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the ...more
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Jun 12, 2014
 
House of Leaves
4.15
But for me, as I say above, the reason to read this book is to know the tale of Johnny Truant. Johnny tells the story of his life in footnotes to The ...more
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Jun 21, 2010
 
The Necrophiliac
4.00
The Necrophiliac covers new ground for me. Though there are details in this book that lend themselves well to readers looking for a nasty wallow, this ...more
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May 18, 2012
 
The Diary of a Rapist
3.51
My god, I am a sucker for depictions of madness, and Earl Summerfield runs the gamut of many ways human madness can express itself. This is not the ta ...more
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Jan 25, 2010
 
Take The Long Way Home
4.02
My only problem with this book is that it felt like the first section in a larger work. I hope Keene revisits this book one day and tells us the rest ...more
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May 09, 2012
 
Automatic Safe Dog
4.00
This is really a 4.5 star book because there were editing problems throughout the electronic copy I was sent to read. Which is a shame because this wa ...more
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Feb 04, 2013
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