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Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.69
Did not finish. I simply skimmed. This book is the ultimate formula to a bestseller: write porn, assemble phrases between the porn (no need to learn t...more
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Jun 02, 2012
 
Micro
3.29
I read this in one sitting today. Then I realized that there would be no more new Michael Crichton books after I finish his other posthumous novel, an...more
May 28, 2013
May 28, 2013
 
Demonstra
4.80
Demonstra is borne of the extraordinary imagination of Bryan Thao Worra, who draws inspiration from the Cthulhu Mythos, the Laotian pantheon of ghosts...more
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Jan 01, 2013
 
Surrealities
4.31
In the first issue of Kaleidotrope Magazine in a review of a bizzaro book, the critic Martin Earl offered what for me was the best take on surrealism...more
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Aug 23, 2011
 
Offspring: The Sequel to Off Season
3.73
This is the first Jack Ketchum book I’ve read, and his reputation for visceral horror is well-deserved. Forget about building the suspense slowly. It’...more
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Jun 18, 2011
 
The Man Who Collected Machen and Other Weird Tales
4.09
I have never read anything like this. This is superb! The Man Who Collected Machen and Other Weird Tales seethes with mysticism. Mark Samuels reminds...more
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Jan 07, 2012
 
Fine Frights
4.00
This collection of stories handpicked by Ramsey Campbell exemplifies his wide-ranging taste in fine horror fiction.

Most notable are the following sto...more
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Aug 17, 2008
 
The Lonely Lady:  The Lonely Lady
3.25
I don’t know what this crap is but it’s supposed to be a novel. And it’s a bestseller. Found it in my sister’s room. Flipping randomly, I notice that...more
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Oct 04, 2012
 
Guts
4.02
Guts is crass, a rote and superficial torture manual. My idea of high-quality transgressive literature is one that’s hypnotic, subliminally acute, rep...more
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Jan 19, 2013
 
Don't Tease the Elephants
4.88
I love how the five stories in Don’t Tease the Elephants do not shy away from confronting harsh realities. There’s the story of a father who discovers...more
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Jun 06, 2014
 
Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology
4.40
Alternative Alamat is a fine volume which showcases the contemporary retelling of Philippine myths. The first story, which I also think is the most su...more
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Dec 27, 2011
 
From Colder Climates
5.00
This is definitely a must-buy.

My initial reading of the powerful first poem “Confessional Hymns” reminded me of Frank Bidart’s Curse. That magically...more
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Mar 09, 2012
 
Our Rarer Monsters
4.67
Noel Sloboda’s Our Rarer Monsters dazzles and provokes with poems that tell of “strangers seeking rot” and “crooked routes the limbs take toward sunli...more
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Jan 01, 2013
 
Order, or Disorder
4.57
Order, Or Disorder is replete with themes that touch on mortality and spirituality. What I love about Amy Newman’s brand of poetry is the earthy and i...more
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Feb 24, 2012
 
The Girl in Glass: Love Poems
4.00
This 64-page, oddly sized volume is once nestled with a back issue of Brick Magazine because they both look out of place in my bookcase. The book is e...more
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Jun 18, 2011
 
Measured Extravagance
4.29
Measured Extravagance is a refreshing blend of esoteric facts, dark humor, and nostalgia. We start with a striking cover that may be suggestive of how...more
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Mar 31, 2012
 
Measured Extravagance
4.29
Measured Extravagance is a refreshing blend of esoteric facts, dark humor, and nostalgia. We start with a striking cover that may be suggestive of how...more
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Mar 29, 2012
 
The Salt Daughter
4.20
I’ve read samples of Christine Hamm’s work in journals and magazines, and I am already biased even before I opened this book. Her inventive literary e...more
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Feb 24, 2012
 
Borderlands
4.01
The Borderlands books are the horror connoisseur’s most basic requirement. These books contain none of the typical, mass-media mishmash of genre eleme...more
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Jun 24, 2011
 
Gizmo
4.33
Gizmo is a series of carefully organized interrelated poems complete with recurring characters and a common rural setting.

From “Heart Massage” comes...more
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Feb 03, 2012
 
The Ice Limit
3.89
From the underwater treasure hunt in Riptide to the Quivira expedition in Thunderhead, and without counting their awesome series of Agent Pendergast n...more
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Jan 17, 2014
 
You Shall Never Know Security
3.84
You Shall Never Know Security is a short-story collection that is intended for someone who is looking for a quick fix. It equates to a B-movie. Some o...more
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Feb 03, 2012
 
The El Bimbo Variations
4.37
I don't know what this is -- a mishmash of lyrics, impressions, dream fragments, quirky one-liners, social propaganda, comics, witticisms, etc. -- but...more
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Jan 06, 2012
 
Disturbing Muses
4.00
Disturbing Muses, Allen’s collection of ekphrastic poetry, is a startling visual overload. It sounds corny to say that the long poems in this book hav...more
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Feb 24, 2012
 
Short Circuits
4.60
Bruce Boston is the first writer whose range of style and knowledge embodies what I imagine to be the finest speculative fiction, and his Short Circui...more
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Jun 02, 2011
 
Family of Marsupial Centaurs and other birthday poems
5.00
If I describe this book as good, then I dismiss its true merits. If I describe it as very good, then I describe roughly half of its contents. Family o...more
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Mar 10, 2012
 
How To Say Goodbye
4.86
How to Say Goodbye, James Valvis’ first collection of poetry, nourishes the reader without the use of stylized language calisthenics. These poems are...more
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Feb 02, 2012
 
Seeing Birds in Church Is a Kind of Adieu
4.80
I've always enjoyed Arlene's work and her trademark quirkiness. Although highly moving, this collection is somber--like the voice of someone that has...more
Jun 25, 2011
Dec 08, 2010
 
The Violence of Saints
4.00
"The Violence of Saints" is a chapbook filled with terse and obsessive impressions of death and its aftermath.

A strong piece entitled "Grief" command...more
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Jul 14, 2011
 
Gargoyle 57
4.10
In this volume, or shall I say, "tome," Richard Peabody lumped almost everybody who is important in contemporary literature. I'm in it, so don't take...more
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Dec 26, 2011
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