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Jedediah Berry’s “The Manual of Detection”

Jedediah Berry’s “The Manual of Detection”

This week I am doing a quick review of a rather unusual mystery/detective novel: Jedediah Berry’s The Manual of Detection. The story follows Charles Unwin, a clerk at a massive detective agency. In fact, Charles works at The detective agency. Set in a sci-fi unnamed city, the world of The Manual of Detection has seen [...]

Stephen King’s “Under the Dome”

Stephen King’s “Under the Dome”

With the new It movie coming out, I figured now was the time to dive into some Stephen King novels I’ve either overlooked or put off reading. First up is Under the Dome, which had everybody excited a few years ago. In terms of premise, the novel is certainly strange. One perfectly fine afternoon, a small Maine [...]

Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s “Batman: The Killing Joke”

Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s “Batman: The Killing Joke”

This week I am reviewing something a little different, but that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on: Batman: The Killing Joke, by Alan Moore (illustrated by Brian Bolland). This is perhaps the most legendary graphic novel of all time, so when a friend picked up the deluxe edition recently, I just had to [...]

Roseanne Montillo’s “The Lady and Her Monsters”

Roseanne Montillo’s “The Lady and Her Monsters”

For this review, I am stepping away from fiction and taking a look at Roseanne Montillo’s The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece. In this book, Montillo examines various cases of human experimentation and corpse mutilation throughout the 1800s, as well as the effect these [...]

David Hair’s “Mage’s Blood”

David Hair’s “Mage’s Blood”

This week I am reviewing a book I picked up on an impulse buy, and I consider it one of the best purchases I have made this year. David Hair’s Mage’s Blood is the first book of the Moontide Quartet series. Obviously, this means that the series has four parts and is vast in scope. [...]

Peter Benchley’s “Jaws”

Peter Benchley’s “Jaws”

As I was looking for a new read at my local bookstore, I had a nice little internal dialogue, and decided on my next book. You know what I apparently felt like not doing this summer? Swimming. If this sounds familiar, you too have probably read (or at least seen) Peter Benchley’s Jaws. If you [...]

Douglas Clegg’s “Goat Dance”

Douglas Clegg’s “Goat Dance”

Several years ago I had a friend recommend a book, saying that it was a horror story that I would love. Unfortunately, I forgot the name of the book and have been searching off and on for the name ever since. In a sudden, random rush I finally remembered the name of the book this [...]

Lewis Black’s “Nothing’s Sacred”

Lewis Black’s “Nothing’s Sacred”

I have a fairly high standard for comedy, especially when dealing with books, so I wasn’t too sure what I would get when I picked up Lewis Black’s Nothing’s Sacred. I have seen much of Black’s blend of comedy and socio-political commentary on television, but does his skillset translate well to book form? Yes, yes [...]

Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology”

Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology”

This week I’m reviewing a book I’ve been eagerly awaiting: Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Gaiman’s work. Naturally, I was interested when I heard he was working on an adaption of Norse myths. Most everybody has heard the absolute basics of Norse mythology: Thor, his trickster brother Loki, [...]

Helene Wecker’s “The Golem and the Jinni”

Helene Wecker’s “The Golem and the Jinni”

This week I am reviewing Helene Wecker’s 2013 debut novel, The Golem and the Jinni, which was a complete impulse buy. The Golem and the Jinni is a general fiction novel with some elements of fantasy and historical fiction, and follows the lives of Chava and Ahmad, two immigrants who are trying to find their [...]

Steven Erikson’s ‘Gardens of the Moon’

Steven Erikson’s ‘Gardens of the Moon’

This week I dove headfirst into a fantasy book quite unlike any I’ve ever read: Steven Erikson’s Gardens of the Moon. The story follows a large cast of characters, primarily focusing on the struggles of a hardened war veteran, Whiskeyjack, and a lone mage, Tattersail. Operating as arms of a vast empire, these two warriors [...]

Alastair Reynolds’ “Revelation Space”

Alastair Reynolds’ “Revelation Space”

As a huge fan of hard science fiction, I’ve come to grips with the fact that the genre’s “good to bad” ratio is about 1:10. Is isn’t hard to find painfully standard fare books in the genre, so I am always on the lookout for another great find. This week, I snagged a copy of [...]

David Day’s “Guide to Tolkien’s World: A Bestiary”

David Day’s “Guide to Tolkien’s World: A Bestiary”

This week, I am reviewing a book that is more on the informative side of reading, though it is certainly fictional in nature: David Day’s Guide to Tolkien’s World: A Bestiary. I received this book as a gift from family, and let me just say, it is an incredible collection of information on some of [...]

Wesley Chu’s “Time Salvager”

Wesley Chu’s “Time Salvager”

There’s one problem that plagues the sci-fi genre more than just about any other genre: most of it has been done before. In a genre dedicated to the flaunting of imagination, there is a startling amount of sameness among many books, with plots so interchangeable that the nuances are quickly forgotten once the read is [...]

Thomas Bulfinch’s “Bulfinch’s Mythologies”

Thomas Bulfinch’s “Bulfinch’s Mythologies”

You may have noticed that sometimes I like to review specific books, like a collection of an author’s works, rather than the individual pieces; this is one of those times. For Christmas, I had the good fortune to get a copy of Bulfinch’s Mythologies, a collection of The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, [...]

Richard and Barbara Osborn’s “On Her Majesty’s Berlin Mission: an Ian Black Novel”

Richard and Barbara Osborn’s “On Her Majesty’s Berlin Mission: an Ian Black Novel”

This week I am finally reviewing a book from a pair of local authors that I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time: Richard and Barbara Osborn’s On Her Majesty’s Berlin Mission: an Ian Black Novel. This is the third Ian Black novel I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and I can definitely say [...]

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