Dune

by Frank Herbert "They tried and failed, all of them?" "Oh, no." She shook her head. "They tried and died." OK. Wow. Monster of a novel. But it’s not just the length. We’ve all read books this long and much longer. There’s a unique quality here in terms of world realization—this one’s got it, and... Continue Reading →

The Postman Always Rings Twice

by James M. Cain “Stealing a man’s wife, that’s nothing, but stealing his car, that’s larceny.” A rambler gets thrown off the truck on which he’s been sneaking a ride and finds himself at a small restaurant/gas station. He sees the owner’s stunner of a wife and decides to accept a job offer at the... Continue Reading →

The Gods Themselves

by Isaac Asimov “The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.” Winner of both Hugo and Nebula awards, The Gods Themselve is one of Dr. Asimov’s most highly respected novels and is broken up like three interconnected novellas. In the first, a bizarre exchange of electrons has been noticed by an... Continue Reading →

Make Something Up

by Chuck Palahnuik “By the time you turn thirty, your life is about escaping the person you’ve become in order to escape the person you’ve become in order the escape the person you started as.” Folks talk about varied collections. The phrase “runs the gamut” has been overused to the extent you might cringe whenever... Continue Reading →

Survivor

by Chuck Palahniuk Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be. Every time you don’t throw yourself down the stairs, that’s a choice. Every time you don’t crash your car, you reenlist. In his 30’s Tender Brandon is one of the last known survivors of a religious... Continue Reading →

Neverwhere

by Neil Gaiman “This is reality. Get used to it. It’s all there is.” The man has no right to write like this. Yes, there’s a craft perfected with hard work, but it just seems so easy; it must be so easy. Beneath even a small section of a seemingly whimsical tale is (always) something... Continue Reading →

Somewhere in Time

by Richard Matheson Richard Collier, recently diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and given a few months to live, decides to pack up and spend the rest of his days traveling. On a whim he flips a penny to give him direction and ends up at the Coronado Hotel in San Diego, a “monument to... Continue Reading →

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway "It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact." The old man, the aged form of a monster of a man who was once deadlocked in an arm wrestling contest for days and won, is poor and alone with a breaking down body and with the scant acquaintance of... Continue Reading →

The Haunting of Hill House

by Shirley Jackson Our main character Eleanor steals the car she bought with her sister in order to answer a summons for an educational visit to a ‘haunted house,’ where she is to meet the doctor conducting an experiment, another woman similarly summoned, and the heir to the house. The house’s reputation precedes it, and... Continue Reading →

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