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Nightmare of Ecstasy by Rudolph Grey
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When "Nightmare of Ecstasy" first came out more than twenty years ago, many readers objected to its rather revolutionary approach of assembling a long list of memories and stories from those who knew Ed Wood, Jr., creator of such deathless anti-class...more
The Plato Papers by Peter Ackroyd
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Not a novel in the conventional sense, "The Plato Papers" is a brilliant satire of how we interpret past civilizations from the point of view of a future scholar attempting to figure us out, and missing by miles and miles. It is a stunningly witty ac...more
Joyland by Stephen King
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"Joyland" shows Stephen King at the top of his game. It is one of his best books in recent years, but despite its being published by Hard Case Crime, no one should pick it up expecting a hard-boiled crime novel. It isn't. It's a rather leisurely-pace...more
The Alehouse Murders by Maureen Ash
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The first of Maureen Ash's "Templar Knight" series is a bit slow, but the evocation of the period is fine, and the characters are well drawn. History buffs will probably enjoy this more than the casual reader since the author takes pains to provide b...more
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
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Maybe it's not fair to review a book prior to publication, but I got an ARC. Let me simply say that if you're a video game fan, you'll probably like it. As a novel, however...
The Gutter and the Grave by Ed McBain
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"The Gutter and the Grave" is one of the old 1950s hard boiled novels that Hard Case Crime has dug up and in this case is selling under the Ed McBain byline, even though McBain/Evan Hunter wrote it under the name "Curt Cannon." It's understandable wh...more
Night of the Jabberwock by Fredric Brown
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Of late I have been reading so many new, very highly-touted novels, and coming away wondering what the hell all the shouting was about. So I decided to take something down from my shelves that I loved in the past and reread it. I chose Night of the J...more
Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
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I simply don't understand the incredible blurbs and rave reviews on this. I found Ghostman totally uninvolving and written as though by a kid who did a lot of research for a school paper, and was able to parrot back the information, but is too young...more
Three Days to Never by Tim Powers
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Tim Powers is not always an easy author to read--if you're looking for rock'em-sock'em robot fantasy action, you'd better go elsewhere--but he's always rewarding. Three Days to Never is one of his best books, but it demands that attention be paid, or...more
Kiss Her Goodbye by Allan Guthrie
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Allan Guthrie has author blurbs to die for on the back cover and inside. Maybe his other books have warranted those, but "Kiss Her Goodbye" does not. On the surface, the book is written in Brit-speak, which takes a bit of getting used to for us Yanks...more
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