FINCH is one of my favorite books. I can't understand why it hasn't been made into a series, or why there aren't more people running through the streets, thrusting a copy of FINCH upon random strangers exclaiming "You need to read this!" Ok. That last one was maybe a bit much. It's about a detective, … Continue reading The Sublime Weirdness of Jeff Vandermeer’s FINCH
There's this friend you had in high school who you sometimes think about calling. You had some great times but drifted apart. You know the one? Well, in Max Booth III's Carnivorous Lunar Activities, Justin calls up his friend Ted, unknowingly stopping him from killing his wife in a murder-suicide. He tells Ted that he … Continue reading There’s a Werewolf in the Basement, Asking me to Kill It.
One of my favorite books of the last few years is John Langan's incredible The Fisherman, the 2016 Stoker Award winner. The Fisherman tells the story of two grieving men who become friends because of their shared passion for fishing (as a means to take their minds off the grief). The hear of a mysterious … Continue reading The Fisherman – Book Review
You know that thing, when you finally read a book you've heard about again and again but, for whatever reason, haven't gotten around to yet? And then you do and it's awesome. That? Yeah, I just had that with Ben H. Winter's excellent pre-apocalyptic mystery The Last Policeman. The Last Policeman is a book I … Continue reading The Last Policeman – Book Review
How do you describe a book like Her Body and Other Parties to people? The book is a collection of long short stories and the collection as a whole is perhaps best summed up by the two quotes Carmen Maria Machado puts at the beginning of the book. My body is a haunted house that … Continue reading Book Review – Her Body and Other Parties
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is told in Lovecraft's world, though a world where the cosmic horror is not mysterious and threatening but familiar and, erm, threatening.
I don't remember what the first story I read by Michael Swanwick is. But I do remember the feeling I got as I read it. It's the same feeling I got when I first read stories by Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link and Lucius Shepard. That amazing, wow-this-is-talent feeling. Michael Swanwick is one of many authors … Continue reading The Wonderful World of Michael Swanwick
A mouse, a badger, an owl, a salamander a mole and stout.... walk into a bar. So begins Daniel Polansky's Novella The Builders, part of Tor.com's new novella imprint. The Story The description above is not a setup for a joke but the beginning of Daniel Polansky's awesome novella, The Builders. It tells the story of … Continue reading Wow! That Was Awesome! (The Builders book review)
When the moon was out, you could be aware of all the pieces of night—you could see all the things you didn’t see during the day, all the subtle little fragments that the world uses to join its wholes. When you read on your Kindle, you can higlight passages you like. You know this, right? … Continue reading It´s Official: When We Were Animals is Sublime.
There are four Londons in this excellent fantasy by V.E. Schwab; Grey London is the normal Londob we all know and love, Red London is a London in another world, filled with magic and wonder, White London is a harsh place, full of wickedness and a stark desperation. And then there’s Black London, but we … Continue reading Book Review: V.E. Schwab´s A Darker Shade of Magic