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 →

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 →

City

by Clifford D. Simak “But for speech and hands, we might be dogs and dogs be men.” The story opens with Dogs, sitting around discussing the possible previous existence of a creature called Man. But they cannot prove his existence one way or another, so they reference a document they’ve found containing eight stories concerning... Continue Reading →

The Rise of Endymion

by Dan Simmons “Humans have been waiting for Jesus and Yahweh and E.T. to save their asses since before they covered those asses with bearskins and came out of the cave,” she said. “They’ll have to keep waiting. This is our business … our fight … and we have to take care of it ourselves.”... Continue Reading →

Elasticity – The Best of Elastic Press

by Various Authors, Andrew Hook (Ed.) I lay there, unable to move, remembering what it felt like to die. No one alive should know what that's like.  -Marion Arnott Consisting of fourteen short stories and one novella, this book contains nine original works and six that were scavenged from prior release and brought under the Elastic... Continue Reading →

Two-Handed Engine

by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore “It reminds me of the old story about the guy who took a short cut through a haunted forest on Hallowe’en,” Cynthia said. “He was thinking that he’d always been on the level, and if devils could get him just because he was in the forest, there just wasn’t... Continue Reading →

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern "People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see." Two men, ancient beyond the scope of the story, agree on a wager, with each picking a youth to train as a champion. When the time is right, the students will battle, and the... Continue Reading →

The Delicate Dependency

by Michael Talbot "You are confronting a reality you do not have the powers of conceptualization to understand." Dr. Gladstone, a Victorian gentleman deeply engaged in his study of the flu virus after losing his wife to it, discovers a strain that prohibits antigens—a virus which disallows the human body any form of self-defense. The... Continue Reading →

The Maltese Falcon

by Dashiell Hammett “At one time or another I’ve had to tell everybody from the Supreme Court down to go to hell, and I’ve got away with it. I got away with it because I never let myself forget that a day of reckoning was coming.” In his debut, hard-boiled detective Sam Spade’s partner is... Continue Reading →

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