Dangerous Visions

by Various Authors, Harlan Ellison (Ed.) Riots are the opium of the people. Some say it’s past its time, that when it was first published it may have been ‘dangerous,’ but today much of the book is downright tame with many of the ideas presented in the 1960’s blunted with time. Dangerous Visions has most... Continue Reading →

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The John Varley Reader

by John Varley Onto this stage of dashed hopes, as he had so many times before, strode the Devil. Science fiction grandmaster John Varley serves up his greatest stories in this retrospective collection. And his agenda becomes clear quite quickly. He’s not wrong. He holds no apparent ill will to the human race and laments... Continue Reading →

Heat Rises (Nikki Heat vol. 3)

by Richard Castle Rook asked, "Did you really stab him with an icicle?" When she nodded, he said, "Please, tell me you said 'Freeze,' because that would be only perfect." (Sigh.) The guilty pleasures of Castle and the devastatingly beautiful Stana Katic (Kate Beckett aka Nikki Heat) must be set aside, as it’s about time... Continue Reading →

Naked Heat (Nikki Heat vol. 2)

by Richard Castle “Your theory is interesting, except for one flaw.” “Which is?” “I wasn’t listening.” A gossip columnist has been murdered and Nikki is assigned to the case. She and Rook are on the outs since his article about the department, which ended up being essentially about her, embarrassed the detective and generally pissed... Continue Reading →

Heat Wave (Nikki Heat vol. 1)

by Richard Castle If you study horror, concerned with the dark forces devouring the world, then a switch to simple murderers is like a walk through Candy Land. However, a recent obsession with a cancelled show led to the Nikki Heat books, and it’s a journey worth taking. It’s tough to explain the impact of... Continue Reading →

The Fireman

by Joe Hill “These days, I’m not sure it’s ever a good idea to leave anything important for tomorrow.” An epidemic of spontaneous human combustion is sweeping the world, caused by a disease known as Dragonscale which is accompanied by black and gold markers on the skin. While spread of the disease isn’t fully understood,... Continue Reading →

House of Leaves

by Mark Danielewski “Darkness is impossible to remember.” Johnny Truant, partyhound, wastrel, discovers the unfinished manuscript of the recently deceased Zampano containing details of The Navidson Record, a kind of found footage film released by Miramax. The film covers the two underground short films “The Five Minute Hallway” and “Exploration #4.” “The Five Minute Hallway”... Continue Reading →

The Mammoth Book of Black Magic

by Various Authors, Mike Ashley (Ed.) “Insanity is not what you see, but what you admit to seeing. … Craziness is the compulsion to explain.” -Esther M. Friesner, “In the Realm of Dragons” This one’s big, as the more astute may have gleaned from the title. Clocking in at nearly 200,000 words this book had... Continue Reading →

War in Heaven

by Charles Williams “He has come,” the Greek said, “for the same reason that we are here – because in the whole world of Being everything makes haste to its doom.” A contemporary of C.S. Lewis, a devout Christian and a very smart man, Charles Williams has two novels appearing in Dennis Wheatley’s Library of... Continue Reading →

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