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Throne of the Crescent Moon

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (4)

Book Review: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Science-fiction and fantasy stories are at their best when they truly fascinate, immersing the reader in new worlds or cultures. The best of the best will go one step further and encourage readers to more than fascination; they will engender an insatiable curiosity, the sincerest sympathy, and a boundless em...

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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Posted on November 26, 2016 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (3)

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

An engaging and often heart-rending tale of life in Revolutionary Iran and the years immediately after the Shah’s ouster (ca. 1978-1983).


The autobiographical story follows the author (Marji) on a path through the violence and turmoil around the Iranian Revolution. Marji learns the truth of ma...

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Fifty Feet of Trouble

Posted on September 15, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (1)

50 Feet of Trouble by Justin S. Robinson


Following up his smash hit, City of Devils, Justin Robinson returns to his horrific Los Angeles for another noir comedy monster movie mashup, starring the last human private detective in the greater LA basin: Nick Moss.


Like Nick’s first adventure, Fifty Feet starts off with a missing, um . . . a missing companio...

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The Screaming Staircase

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Book Review: The Screaming Staircase

I've been a devoted fan of Jonathan Stroud's writing since I picked up The Amulet of Samarkand, the first book of The Bartimaeus Trilogy. From the first word, I was entranced by Stroud's prose, his narration and voice, and the cast of characters inhabiting his stories. Of course, I devoured The Bartimaeus Trilogy in short order, leaving me wit...

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The Ballad of Black Tom

Posted on July 24, 2016 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Book Review: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

This is great book. A quick read, and as fine a tale of Lovecraftian horror as you'll find anywhere. LaValle calls up all the grim and wretched detail of the author he draws inspiration from. LaValle also tells a tale that Lovecraft never would.

I'll confess, readily, that despite trying on three occasions I simply cannot ...

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