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In the Dust of This Planet (Horror of Philosophy, #1)
it was ok
An interesting look at some philosophical themes -- essence, reality, negation, alterity, myth -- with horror and occult themes used as a framework. T ...more
Oct 2013
Sep 25, 2013
Towards a Philosophy of Photography
liked it
Interesting attempt to build a theoretical framework around photography, sometimes gratifying, but not always successful. The central idea of an "appa ...more
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 22, 2013
On Evil
did not like it
This is my first experience with Eagleton, so maybe I'm just not accustomed to his style, but if all of his work is like "On Evil," I don't think I'll ...more
Mar 02, 2014
Feb 21, 2014
Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production
it was ok
I've had a lot of trouble reviewing this book, because I don't entirely trust my assessment. It's a very thorough and rigorous book, on a subject that ...more
Nov 12, 2015
Oct 06, 2015
The Wilds of Poetry: Adventures in Mind and Landscape
it was ok
Before I get into the nuances, I should give the bird's-eye view: this is a good collection, and a valuable introduction to contemporary mainstream po ...more
not set
not set
Jun 13, 2018
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
liked it
A lot of fun stories, but they have the pace and subtlety of pulp. The two Lovecraft stories, on the other hand, are masterful, and the stark contrast ...more
Nov 15, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
Damiano (Damiano, #1)
really liked it
R. A. MacAvoy's intimate fantasy novel, the first in a trilogy published as "A Trio for Lute," is an unexpected little jaunt. It defies fantasy conven ...more
Jan 16, 2017
Jan 22, 2017
Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials
liked it
A mad pseudo-theoretical romp, a scaffolding of cryptic phrases and invented jargon, elaborately-constructed around a few genuinely interesting ideas. ...more
Aug 2013
Sep 25, 2013
The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, #3)
really liked it
The Waste Lands feels like several stories locked together, rather than a cohesive triptych, like The Drawing of the Three. The eventual outcome of th ...more
Apr 13, 2015
Mar 09, 2015
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
really liked it
A taut, unsettling, fast-moving adventure story that leverages the mythic and the surreal in equal measure. Its foremost achievements are its relentle ...more
May 17, 2014
May 01, 2014
Historian of the Strange: Pu Songling and the Chinese Classical Tale
really liked it
I am giving this four stars because I find the material fascinating, and I find it to be a well-rounded treatment of the stories, their themes, and th ...more
Apr 06, 2018
not set
Apr 06, 2018
My Work is Not Yet Done: Three Tales of Corporate Horror
liked it
I wish there was a three-and-a-half, because I found this book to be enjoyable, which puts it just above average... certainly worth the time and menta ...more
Oct 20, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
The Necromancer, or The Tale of the Black Forest
liked it
A strange curiosity, a tortured plot told in tortured antiquarian prose, whose interconnected threads seem to be willfully indecipherable. There are t ...more
Jun 17, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
Send Bygraves
it was amazing
The best miracles of private libraries happen in old bookstores, and it was in such a bookstore that I found Send Bygraves, tucked into a box of poetr ...more
Jul 18, 2019
Jul 23, 2019
it was ok
Wild and vivid and occasionally propulsive, but Vathek ranges too far, over too many plot points, without enough of an emotional core, to ever be real ...more
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
Art of Darkness: A Poetics of Gothic
liked it
This is the type of book that you generally wouldn't read unless you're a serious student of the topic... in this case, Gothic fiction, feminist liter ...more
Jul 15, 2014
May 09, 2014
The Wings of a Falcon (Tales of the Kingdom, #3)
liked it
A stark, swashbuckling adventure story with a lot of romance and heart, despite a few missteps. The world itself is thick and obscure and mysterious, ...more
May 08, 2014
May 01, 2014
The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture, #10)
really liked it
A long, erratic adventure, both bold and contemplative, and full of Banks' signature quirks and touches. Vyr Cossont is an endearing heroine, sufficie ...more
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
Rhapsody: Notes on Strange Fictions
liked it
This is a single-minded, passionate analysis (and meditation, since it's not structured as a rigorous argument per se) written by a man who's clearly ...more
Feb 20, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art
liked it
Trickster Makes This World starts great, spinning out some of the implications of various Trickster myths, and linking the Trickster archetype to a wh ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
The End of American Exceptionalism: frontier anxiety from the Old West to the New Deal
really liked it
A very comprehensive account of attitudes toward the frontier at the turn of the 19th/20th century. An interesting window into a major cultural and in ...more
Mar 21, 2013
Mar 22, 2013
The Devil in the White City
it was amazing
Fantastic, propulsive, and informative book... captures so many things, including (but not limited to):

- the politics and drama that goes into buildin
Mar 2013
Mar 22, 2013
really liked it
A grounded, reasonable approach to a complex and dramatic philosophical theme. Midgley's argument ranges over several topics in the general theme of " ...more
Mar 25, 2015
Mar 27, 2015
The World as I Found It
it was amazing
A really beautiful book. Rarely have I been so caught up in the emotional turmoil of the characters; Wittgenstein, Russell, and Moore are given rich i ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
Zone One
liked it
An amazingly understated take on the zombie genre... essentially a novel of everyday life in the margins of a world overrun and collapsed. Its message ...more
Jun 12, 2015
Jul 10, 2015
Bestiary: Poems
liked it
I've never reviewed an individual author's collection of poetry, and it's hard to get my mind around it. There were sharp and excellent poems, and poe ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2018
The Outsider
really liked it
King knows how to twist the knot in the right places, and his skills are on display in The Outsider, his (approximately) ten millionth book. He certai ...more
Jul 11, 2019
Jul 23, 2019
Star Map with Action Figures
really liked it
Imaginary landscapes coalescing from the fog, memory and relationships as specters, the constellations as illegible celestial map — the layering of bi ...more
Mar 21, 2021
Mar 21, 2021
Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)
it was amazing
A truly radical accomplishment in fantasy writing, differentiating itself in myriad ways from the conventional fare, and fleshing out a vibrant, cohes ...more
Nov 28, 2013
Dec 02, 2013
The Crustacean codex
really liked it
A whimsical storybook experiment, marshaling the author's considerable knowledge of musical theory and his philosophical, ecological, and social conce ...more
Oct 09, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
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