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Random Acts of Senseless Violence
This is perhaps Jack Womack's unsung masterpiece. Published originally in 1993, this book of America in dystopic breakdown is as sharp and alive today ...more
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 12, 2014
Dark Duets
This anthology of collaborative works between authors of dark fantasy and horror includes "T. Rhymer," a novella written by me and Jonathan Maberry. W ...more
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Dec 16, 2013
Questionable Practices: Stories
A fine collection of stories and collaborations from an author we don't see enough of and can't read enough of. Tales full of humor (her "Steampunk Qu ...more
Dec 10, 2014
Dec 22, 2014
Updraft is a first novel by Fran Wilde, and it’s one of the more fast and furious fantasy adventures I can recall reading, as well as one of the weird ...more
Jul 25, 2015
Jul 27, 2015
City of Bohane
Kevin Barry's novel has the narrative voice of a fantastical Irish dialect, reminding me in ways of Russell Hoban's brilliant Ridley Walker, and Irvin ...more
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Jan 07, 2014
Bird Box
This is a terrific novel--fantasy of the horrific kind. Malerman makes it work by keeping the focus tight upon Malorie and her life within the limits ...more
Dec 02, 2014
Dec 03, 2014
Life After Life
Masterfully crafted story of looping sequences of time. The writing is so sharp and compelling that the recurrences of the same events never bog down, ...more
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Dec 25, 2014
North American Lake Monsters: Stories
Redefining horror fiction (and maybe requiring his own category within that broad context…Ballingrudian stories?) Nathan Ballingrud writes thoughtful, ...more
Mar 2015
Jul 16, 2015
A Friendly Game of Murder (An Algonquin Round Table Mystery #3)
This, the third of Murphy's Algonquin Roundtable books may not be the best of the bunch, but it nevertheless has the frenzy of a great screwball comed ...more
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May 11, 2015
Get in Trouble
Terrific stories of the sort only Kelly Link seems gifted at writing. Stories that break rules and do so triumphantly.
Jul 16, 2015
Jul 03, 2015
Dancing with Bears
The first book of the adventures of Darger and Surplus, two exceptional grifters--one a dark and somewhat depressive Englishman, the other an intellec ...more
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Dec 23, 2014
Boiling a Frog
Another viciously funny Brookmyre novel with Jack Parlabane, the scourge of government corruption and coverup. This time Parlabane's in jail, trapped ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
What Makes This Book So Great
Jo Walton introduces you, in these essays, to science fiction and fantasy books she goes back to time and again…and in many cases for me they were boo ...more
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Dec 19, 2014
Young Woman in a Garden: Stories
Finally, thanks to Small Beer Press, a collection of the shorter fiction of Delia Sherman. Quiet, weird, funny, dark stories of the fantastic, stories ...more
Jul 27, 2015
Dec 23, 2014
Night Watch (Discworld, #29; City Watch #6)
How does the immeasurably great Terry Pratchett manage to embed out-loud laughs on every page while also keeping his story moving and moving emotional ...more
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Aug 11, 2012
The Blofeld Trilogy
Anytime you read books you last read at 15, it's going to give you a different experience. I picked up this three-book volume after reading an intervi ...more
Dec 04, 2012
Dec 04, 2012
On Stranger Tides
Although Disney is giving credit to this great Tim Powers novel as the source for their fourth "Pirates" film, it appears that about 5% of the book re ...more
Apr 21, 2011
Apr 23, 2011
Among Others
I don't expect wonderful, lyrical prose from most genre books. Jo Walton presents a voice that's so compelling, interesting, glorious and believable t ...more
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Aug 27, 2012
The Solitudes (The Aegypt Cycle, #1)
The first volume of a quartet, The Aegypt Cycle, this is a slowly unfolding work woven with fantasy, with female doppelgängers and encounters with odd ...more
Nov 09, 2014
Dec 23, 2014
He Died With His Eyes Open
The late Derek Raymond created a strange, cynical, smart-mouthed character in his unnamed protagonist, the Sergeant. Somewhere between Philip Marlowe ...more
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
Intersections: The Sycamore Hill Anthology
An anthology of stories collected from one particular year of fiction workshopped at The Sycamore Hill Writing Workshop. Includes great work by Karen ...more
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Dec 24, 2011
Liar Liar
Anthology by members of the Philadelphia Liars Club. Each story contains a lie of some sort--one that changes characters' lives, or one that they tell ...more
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Dec 24, 2011
One of the great omniscient narratives. Doctorow weaves historical narratives into the lives of his fictional characters, families whose lives intertw ...more
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Jun 10, 2012
Like a Hole in the Head
Part-noir, part-narrative by a damaged individual, and full of great oddities, characters, all delivered in a compelling voice, Banbury's book defies ...more
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Dec 16, 2013
M. Rickert's stories do not take the path you think they will. Stories of transformations, of ghosts, of strange journeys lead you in a way that few o ...more
Dec 23, 2011
Dec 24, 2011
The Loving Dead
A very different, very entertaining take on zombies that knowingly references all the zombies you've heard of already. Some terrific writing here, in ...more
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Jun 21, 2011
The Stockholm Octavo
A gloriously written historical thriller full of intrigue, fans, cartomancy, poisons, mysticism, romance, and a great cast of characters. I was remind ...more
Sep 08, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
Seeing Things (Kit Melbourne, #1)
"It was a slow afternoon in Café Ishmael when James read the tea leaves that predicted my murder."

With this grabber of an opening line, author Kater C
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Sep 20, 2011
The Sensualist
A superbly written narrative of two teenage boys and their families in Baltimore, on the line of a cultural divide not often characterized in fiction. ...more
Mar 23, 2015
Mar 25, 2015
Doubletakes: Pairs of Contemporary Short Stories
T.C. Boyle creates a "teaching" anthology by pairing stories by a broad variety of writers, some of whose work you likely know and some you'll be glad ...more
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Dec 19, 2014
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