You know how you hear about a book being good, and you think it can't really be THAT good? (I ran into this with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.) Oka...moreYou know how you hear about a book being good, and you think it can't really be THAT good? (I ran into this with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.) Okay, well, Muscle Memory falls into this category. I heard that it was good. But was it really THAT good? So I read it; and, yes, it was really THAT good. An easy five stars--although I would have given it 73 if that was an option. (And ignore the fact that Steve Lowe only gave it three stars; he doesn't know what he's talking about.)
If you've read the summary, then you know it involves Billy Gillespie switching bodies with his wife. I won't expand on that, because the events are more fun if you read them without knowing what's coming. So I won't say anything about Edgar.
And while this book is classified as Bizarro Lit, it really lies on the edge, in the sense that, other than the body-switching, this story is almost as normal as can be. The characters react in reasonable ways. (Hopefully the author won't get kicked out of the Bizarro Club for that.) And, since it is classified as Bizarro, it has to satisfy the rule of being under 100 pages. (Okay, not technically a rule, but Bizarro authors seem to write stories like Matthew Sweet writes songs.) And even though the ending leaves many questions unanswered, it still seems hauntingly perfect. But, if you want to continue the story, the sequel starts HERE on Steve Lowe's website.(less)
My son checked this out at the library, and after reading it thought I should give it a read. So I did.
It's a decent story set in Victorian London, a...moreMy son checked this out at the library, and after reading it thought I should give it a read. So I did.
It's a decent story set in Victorian London, a little bit of a mystery with werewolves. My son has recently gotten into Sherlock Holmes, and he loved this and has started the second book in the series. Can't say I liked it as much as he, but it was a fun read. (less)
Bizarro publishers combine forces to produce several starter kits. This kit (Orange) consists of work from the first wave (if such a term can be used...moreBizarro publishers combine forces to produce several starter kits. This kit (Orange) consists of work from the first wave (if such a term can be used for a genre that’s less than a decade old) of Bizarro authors.
D. Harlan Wilson – The collection starts with six short stories from Wilson. The first is a dark tale, while the rest reside on the light-hearted side. My favorite (being a professor) was “Classroom Dynamics,” in which Dr. Beebody is told to stop hugging his students. So he starts carrying weapons to class. Hilarity (or the Bizarro equivalent) ensues. Carleton Mellick III – Based on the title of this novella, one might think that “The Baby Jesus Butt Plug” is about a baby Jesus being used as a sex toy. In fact, the story is about, well, actually, yeah, that’s what the story is about. Although the title makes the story sound like a cheap attempt at being edgy, Mellick does have some interesting social commentary floating in this story. Jeremy Robert Johnson – “Extinction Journals” is a post-apocalyptic tale about a man who survives nuclear war (and eventually finds love) by wearing a suit made of cockroaches. Kevin L. Donihe – Imagine a bicycle race in which one of the riders is the Black Knight. This is Donihe’s “The Greatest Fucking Moment in Sports.” (And when I say the black knight, I mean the one from Monty Python’s Holy Grail.) Gina Ranalli – Ranalli’s “Suicide Girls in the Afterlife” is probably the most normal tale in this collection. (Is that an insult for a bizarro writer?) It’s a fun tale of one Pogue Eldridge’s first few hours after dying. Andre Duza – “Don’t F(beep)k With the Coloureds” tells the true story about animated characters in exactly the way that Who Framed Roger Rabbit didn’t. Vincent W. Sakowski – Sakowski’s contribution is two short stories (“The Screaming of the Fish” and “Peel and Eat Buffet,” which can be found online) and the novella “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Ragnarok.” In the novella, a married couple are given the chance to survive Armageddon, as long as they don’t kill each other—and even if they do. Steve Beard – “Survivor’s Dream” is a (challenging) tale of Dead Girl’s near-death experience. John Edward Lawson – “Truth in Ruins” is another post-apocalyptic tale; this one involving much more disturbing characters than Johnson’s “Extinction Journals.” Bruce Taylor – Several short stories from Taylor finish off this collection: “The Breath Amidst the Stones,” “A Little Spider Shop Talk,” “Of Tunafish and Galaxies,” and “City Streets.” The stories involve talking walls, spiders, and stoves; in other words, typical Bizarro.
If you want to get a good feel for the world of Bizarro literature, this is a good place to start.(less)
Upon finishing the first chapter of RSWFKY--in which Rico deals with an annoying passenger on a flight by ripping out her throat (don't worry, he comf...moreUpon finishing the first chapter of RSWFKY--in which Rico deals with an annoying passenger on a flight by ripping out her throat (don't worry, he comforts her with a peck on the cheek), then throws a would-be hijacker out of the plane, and finally parachutes down to Disney World--I began to suspect that this was no ordinary tale. After finishing the remaining 49 chapters, my suspicion was confirmed.
Imagine if the action hero played by Arnold Schwarzenegger (in that movie with the guns, explosions, and killing) had, as a child, been raised by Philip K. Dick and Bjork, whilst living next door to Chucks Palahniuk and Norris. The result just might be Rico Slade. Or Chip Johnson, the balding actor who plays Rico Slade. Or who maybe is Rico Slade.
The unbridled testosterone in this (sadly too short!) story is an intoxicating blend of bling (with apologies to African American golfers) and bizarro. You need to read this book. Yes, that's right: you. Or else Rico Slade might rip out your throat. (less)
Based on the description, I was expecting something like Stephen King's Needful Things. But it's not quite like that. After an awesome use of the Imagi...moreBased on the description, I was expecting something like Stephen King's Needful Things. But it's not quite like that. After an awesome use of the Imagination Trap in the Prologue, I had some high expectations. And Little did manage to impress me again. The Store in the story comes across as an evil WalMart-like corporation wreaking havoc on the community of Juniper, Arizona. But the novel is not so much about the evils of corporatism; it's really about fascism--at least for about 80% of the book. But the last part starts to get into an interesting area: does power corrupt? Or more specifically, can it corrupt anyone? I wish Little had spent more time on this theme: it was more interesting. The ending was rather similar to The Association, and to a lesser extent, Dispatch. (And the scene in the last three pages was rather silly; although it would have been more interesting if the proprietor had been a young blond woman.) But like I've said in my other Bentley Little reviews, if you like his style, then here's another good book.(less)
Starfish Girl is the Bizarro Literary equivalent of Kip Addatto’s “Wet Dream.” (If you’ve never heard it, you’re missing out: http://www.youtube.com/w...moreStarfish Girl is the Bizarro Literary equivalent of Kip Addatto’s “Wet Dream.” (If you’ve never heard it, you’re missing out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEZG14....) A yellow algae causes humans to transform into sea-mutants. Ohime, a girl with a starfish on her head (and at least some of the attributes of starfishes, like regenerating limbs), tries to find the good people left in the dome under the sea. One person that she’s convinced is one of the “good ones” is ex-assassin Timbre. Ohime follows Timbre as they both run from the evil Dr. Ichii. (The doctor offers the dome residents special implants to assist with survival. But the implants have a costly price.) Eventually Timbre starts to follow Ohime, who sets out on a quest to liberate the good people from the dome.
The interesting backdrop of this story doesn’t get sketched out enough, unfortunately, but the characters at the heart of the story do. If you want a story populated by fish-oriented mutants, this one’s for you. If you want a post-apocalyptic tale with a feminine touch, read this story. If you want a story in which the sentence “She whipped her tentacles away from his fingers, decapitating the dead lobster-dog and its body fell from the ceiling fan” makes sense, check this out! (less)
I've never read those pulp stories of yore. Or stories about teddy bears for that matter. So this book was a first for me. In several ways.
In this bo...moreI've never read those pulp stories of yore. Or stories about teddy bears for that matter. So this book was a first for me. In several ways.
In this book, we have five stories detailing Jimmy Plush's adventures with furries, zombies, and giant mob bosses. Stories which form an increasing sequence of weirdness, culminating in the final story (Jimmy Plush in the Tomb of the Martian Pharaoh) in which Jimmy, his chauffeur Chang, a flamboyant Spaniard, and a Frenchman get drunk on turtle urine and end up being swallowed by a giant mob boss named Townsquare Vanzetti.
Cheers for the wise-cracking stuffed detective and his devotion to duty.
Jeers for his nasty tendency to pour hot coffee on his ass-kicking chauffeur. Naughty teddy! (less)
This contains Green Lantern 151 - 155; but it's really only noteworthy for issues 154 - 155, which are the two parts of the story "Hate Crime." Althou...moreThis contains Green Lantern 151 - 155; but it's really only noteworthy for issues 154 - 155, which are the two parts of the story "Hate Crime." Although I've never been much of a GL fan, the story was good, improved by special appearances of the Flash, Batman, and the (Hal Jordan) Spectre.(less)
An anthology of tales of life before, during, or after doomsday. Among the more notable stories: Salvador, by Lucius Shepard Lot, by Ward Moore Day at th...moreAn anthology of tales of life before, during, or after doomsday. Among the more notable stories: Salvador, by Lucius Shepard Lot, by Ward Moore Day at the Beach, by Carol Emshwiller The Wheel, by John Wyndham Game Preserve, by Rog Phillips To the Chicago Abyss, by Ray Bradbury Eastward Ho!, by William Tenn A Boy and His Dog, by Harlan Ellison (less)
A really good (and in-depth) introduction to the theory behind quantum computing. A good source if you've got the background (quantum physics and line...moreA really good (and in-depth) introduction to the theory behind quantum computing. A good source if you've got the background (quantum physics and linear algebra) to study it.(less)
An intensely emotion read. I've enjoyed everything by Simmons that I've read so far. This one took a little while to draw me in. But once I got about...moreAn intensely emotion read. I've enjoyed everything by Simmons that I've read so far. This one took a little while to draw me in. But once I got about a third of the way through, I was hooked. Part of that is due to the high number of characters in the story--there are a lot to keep track of. (less)
An interesting collection of medical thrillers with some touches of horror. Angel of Mercy: A story of an old-time abortionist. Dr. Joe: Interesting se...moreAn interesting collection of medical thrillers with some touches of horror. Angel of Mercy: A story of an old-time abortionist. Dr. Joe: Interesting secrets revealed in a doctor's suicide note. Friendly Wager: Failure to take a fellow traveler seriously comes at a cost. Prosper Band, 05409021: Patient convicts get their revenge on the doctor. Sinister: Separated twins live different lives, and one isn't too happy about it. Bad Touch: You can't always trust your therapist, can you? Get It Out: The kidnapper demands an emergency operation; what's a doctor to do? The Cuban Solution: Janna's internship turns into a trip to the Twilight Zone. All Over But The Dying: Sometimes medical advances require a good hitman. Petit Mal: Nanotechnology meets medicine, but no one was prepared. Wind Over Heaven: Sometimes the cook knows best how to handle the restaurant business. Offshore: F. Paul Wilson contributes his libertarian tale of what happens when the government decides to get involved in medicine. Survival: a frightening story of medicine in a post-apocalyptic world. Final Cut: Some people like to preview their final resting place.(less)