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Little, Big
Little, Big is the greatest book I have ever read. It is living magic in text form, and it has a truly transformative effect on the reader. I understa ...more
Feb 2007
May 28, 2007
The Rediscovery of Man
When I finished "The Rediscovery of Man," I felt like I had read an entire 20-novel future-history cycle; such is the totality and scope of this colle ...more
Feb 2007
May 22, 2007
City of Saints and Madmen (Ambergris, #1)
I picked this up after reading breathless reviews, and while I like what Vandermeer's doing, this book is so ridiculously indebted to China Mieville t ...more
Jun 2007
Jul 13, 2007
Agapē Agape
Gaddis' final work, a deathbed monologue with very few sentence breaks about how technology ultimately destroys art, how commerce destroys everything ...more
Apr 04, 2008
Apr 07, 2008
Devil Dinosaur
One of Jack Kirby's most underrated projects, Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy features classic Kirby storytelling, this time in the Savage Land. Amazing t ...more
Jul 1988
May 22, 2007
The Ocean at Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium
I've been lusting after this book for the past year, but I felt it was overpriced at $20 for a slim little "gift book"-styled hardcover. It was finall ...more
May 2007
May 16, 2007
20 Jazz Funk Greats
The strongest 33 1/3 book to date, Drew Daniel's take on Throbbing Gristle's anti-classic is mesmerizing; an employed professor, Drew doesn't shy away ...more
Apr 15, 2008
Apr 07, 2008
The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories and Other Stories
There's a popular blurb that says that Philip K. Dick was our Borges or Calvino, but that people don't know that because he mostly wrote Science Ficti ...more
May 2007
May 22, 2007
Legitimately creepy YA novel about a Dungeons and Dragons-esque role-playing game that comes to life. Written in the early eighties at the height of D ...more
Nov 1992
Jul 13, 2007
The Book of Bebb
The real C.S. Lewis. William Faulkner meets Walker Percy meets Breece D'J Pancake. HILARIOUS. Amazing. Life-changing. This is a horrible review, but i ...more
Jun 2004
May 16, 2007
A Confederate General from Big Sur / Dreaming of Babylon / The Hawkline Monster
Pretty much my favorite thing ever.
Apr 2003
Jul 13, 2007
Kathryn Davis' The Thin Place is easily the best book I've read in about the past 10 years or so, but Hell quite simply didn't hold up as well. The ea ...more
Mar 11, 2008
Apr 07, 2008
Master of Reality
John Darnielle's 33 1/3 entry is the greatest YA epistolary novel I've ever read - it's head and shoulders above classics of the subgenre like "Dear M ...more
Apr 30, 2008
Apr 30, 2008
The Works: Anatomy of a City
What a cool book! If you've ever wondered how the basic infrastructure of a city operates, from telecommunications to traffic to sewer to electricity ...more
Mar 15, 2008
Apr 07, 2008
The Fate of the Artist
Eddie Campbell continues to detonate and deconstruct the idea of "comics" and "sequential narratives" while spiralling closer and closer to brilliance ...more
Jul 2006
May 28, 2007
The King in Yellow
I'm kind of offended that nobody told me about this before. This is probably the origin of what we think of as "Horror" in the 20th/21st century. I he ...more
Apr 2007
May 16, 2007
Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus, Vol. 1
FINALLY in color, Jack Kirby's classic Fourth World stories are available. A direct influence on "Star Wars" as well as most comics that came after it ...more
Jun 2007
May 22, 2007
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction
If I were able to read Salinger's Glass family stories as parody, they'd be knee-slapping, gut-busting eviscerations of mid-twencen affluence and the ...more
Sep 1992
May 28, 2007
Little Children
I like Perrotta, but this book was just embarrassing and hackneyed. Why does he spend so much time setting up these characters only to have them behav ...more
Oct 2006
Jun 13, 2007
Big Star: The Short Life, Painful Death, and Unexpected Resurrection of the Kings of Power Pop
Big Star - "a history of things pretty much working out." Though the book is more of a dry chronology with trivia thrown in than an engaging biography ...more
Jun 15, 2007
Apr 07, 2008
VALIS (VALIS Trilogy, #1)
"Valis" is one of those books that carves open your skull and craps fourth-dimension self-transofrming machine elves into your brain. It's one of thos ...more
May 2007
May 16, 2007
Black Swan Green
Black Swan Green is literally the greatest coming-of-age novel I've ever read. It makes The Catcher in the Rye, The Stones of Summer, and Stop-Time lo ...more
Jun 2006
May 28, 2007
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