The Road

by Cormac McCarthy Are you okay? he said. The boy nodded. Then they set out along the blacktop in the gun-metal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other’s world entire. Any review of this book should start with a long, slow whistle. One whose tone crawls down to the low frequencies, realizes it’s trapped... Continue Reading →

Thinner

by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman) The fear I’m sure he expects. The anger… that may be a surprise. Billy, a significantly overweight lawyer, is driving while his wife spontaneously pleasures him. An old Gypsy woman steps into the street directly in front of the car and is killed, but since Billy is an upstanding... Continue Reading →

The Exorcist (The 40th Anniversary Edition)

by William Peter Blatty More rooted in logic was the silence of God. Chris, successful Hollywood leading lady, lives with a couple of servants and her 12-year-old daughter, Regan. When Regan starts acting in wildly inappropriate ways, medical doctors and psychologists put her through batteries of tests to no avail. Regan’s condition worsens, to the... Continue Reading →

Way Station

by Clifford D. Simak So long as there were no questions, there need not be any answers. The strange figure of Enoch roams the land, rifle slung in arm, just as he’s been doing for the last 100 years. And since he lives such a solitary life, the people who notice his longevity leave him... Continue Reading →

Swag

by Elmore Leonard There weren’t any textbooks on armed robbery. The only way to learn was through experience. Frank, used car salesman, witnesses Earnest, thief, stealing a car from his lot. At Earnest’s trial, when he realizes he’s the only real witness, Frank changes his mind and refuses to testify. Earnest is released, and a... Continue Reading →

Slan

by A.E. van Vogt “Our science is a joke, our education a mass of lies. And every year the wreck of human aspirations and human hopes piles higher around us. Every year there’s greater dislocation, more poverty, more misery. Nothing is left to us but hatred, and hatred isn’t enough.” Jommy, a nine-year-old boy and... Continue Reading →

Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes (translation by Gerald J. Davis) “I know very well who I am,” answered Don Quixote, “and I know who I can be.” Don Quixote, fed up with a world of sin and despair, takes it upon himself to become a knight errant, an occupation he's often read of in his books... Continue Reading →

The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck

by Alexander Laing The best way to make life bearable, in such a case, certainly would be to withdraw into the imagination and to notice nothing outside. Here is the extraordinary murder mystery as narrated by a witness to most of the true events, with the names of the characters, the school, and even the... Continue Reading →

The Pale Brown Thing

by Fritz Leiber What was the whole literature of supernatural horror but an essay to make death itself exciting?—wonder and strangeness to life’s very end. The Pale Brown Thing, a tale containing autobiographical elements, is the story of a horror writer in San Francisco, Franz Westen (Fritz Leiber?), who has a supernatural experience and attempts... Continue Reading →

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