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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)
by Stephen King (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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Despite being a direct sequel to The Shining, King never attempts to replicate the eerie horror of he earlier book. Do not let the tone of the original give you false expectations about what to expect here. This is more of a family bonding story remi ...more
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The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
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The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black
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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
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The Windup Girl is rich and complex to a degree far beyond that of most science fiction, even of most of what is thought of as “literature” making it difficult for me to pare my thoughts down on it to just what will fit in a useful review. Comparison ...more
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The Mike Hammer Collection by Mickey Spillane
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If you want to experience one of the great masters of the hard boiled detective novel, a writer who defined the genre and raised it to a fine art then I whole-heartedly and without reservation encourage you to move on to Dashiell Hammett or Raymond C ...more
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Zombie, Illinois by Scott Kenemore
Zombie, Illinois
by Scott Kenemore
read in November, 2012
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As an actual resident of Chicago I appreciate the effort Scott Kenmore obviously went through to due at least some research on the city. The geography seems to be about 90% right. Some fictional events seem rooted in actual news events. However, I mu ...more
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Zombie, Ohio by Scott Kenemore
Zombie, Ohio
by Scott Kenemore
read in November, 2012
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Our protagonist and narator, Peter Mellor, lifts this book above the average level of zombie gore-fest. Our story begins with him awakening by the side of a highway after an accident, unlcear as to how it happened due to partial amnesia. This sets us ...more
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New Cthulhu by Paula Guran
New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird
by Paula Guran
read in October, 2012
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This dire tome avoids the pitfalls of being squamous, rugose and antediluvian. That is because the anthologist succeeds brilliantly at reaching her announced goal of presenting a collection of stories that capture essential Lovecraftian themes in mod ...more
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Deck Z by Chris Pauls
Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead.
by Chris Pauls (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2012
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The notion of a zombie outbreak on the Titanic is absurd enough to warn you that this novel is going to be either bizarrely brilliant, or a piece of fluff. It tries to be the former but comes of more the latter. There's quite a bit that's over the to ...more
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Playback by Raymond Chandler
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Playback is Philip Marlowe's swansong, the last novel of his literary life. Perhaps not the best of Chandler's novels (that would be its immediate predecessor, The long Goodbye), but not an unfitting closing chapter to Marlowe's long career.

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