Book Review: The Speed of Dark – Author Elizabeth Moon

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“Out there is the dark: the dark we don’t know about yet. It is always there waiting; it is, in that sense, always ahead of the light… I will never come to that end, chasing the light. Now I get to ask the questions.” Most of us, if presented with the option of fundamentally changing who we are, what makes us ourselves, would automatically decline. The importance of individualism, the idea that what makes us … Continue reading

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Book Review: New Moon on the Water – Author Mort Castle

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“I’m Scared,” she says. “You don’t think so, maybe, but I am. I’m scared a lot now, even when there’s no reason.” I tell her she’ll get over it with time. I say, “It’s all right.” Scared. I do not tell her, I understand. I do not say, I think maybe we all are. All the time. I bought the original edition of Moon on the Water on a whim, back in the days when … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Flesh of Fallen Angels – Authors Roy C. Booth | R. Thomas Riley

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I remember, back in the idealized olden days of yore long forgotten (hence the idealization) by aging brain cells, when you new exactly what you were getting when you picked up a western. Men being men while hunting down the other men who done took their wife or town hostage. Outlaws. Gun slinging sheriffs. Whore houses in trouble. It was a simpler time. Then came these new fangled weird westerns, with their space ships and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Nowhere Hall (Spectral Press) – Author Cate Gardner

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“Someone stole the world and packed it up in a briefcase.”  We all know how to deal with ghosts (salt, prayers, just move out of the friggin house already), vampires are old hat (stake, decap or wait til sunrise for the sparklies) and no matter what new permutation on zombies you may come up with, we have our plans ready (we won’t go into that). Physical threats are blasé, but many of us have to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Day Terrors – Editors Kfir Luzzato and Dru Pagliassotti

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DAY TERRORS “I yanked her head back by her hair and sank my teeth in her neck, crunching through her esophagus, and again, and again, chewing, swallowing, her blood washing hot over my face, my neck, feeling her spasm and die, sacrificed to the new race she had created. I dropped her corpse, a gravestone over what humanity had been. I raised my bloody fists to the sky, to the future, and roared.” -John Jasper … Continue reading

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Book Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Author Shirley Jackson

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WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE The best works of fiction are those that absorb you to such an extent that they become a work of non-fiction, in that the world you’re drawn into is real and utterly absorbing. This is one of those memorable literary experiences. It’s a particular treat if you like your fiction dark and bewitching. Imagine a black cat, illuminated by a candle atop a skull, sitting in an old … Continue reading

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