Book Review—‘The Wilds’ By Julia Elliot

I’m going to rip off something from Matt Bell’s Facebook page for my review of The Wilds By Julia Elliot: “It’s easier for people to let go if the world is strange. In a realist story, it sometimes feels like you’re reading someone else’s story. In a certain kind of non-realist story, the slight unfamiliarity […]

Kind Of A Movie/Book Review—The Drop By Dennis Lehane

I saw The Drop with Mrs. Rawson yesterday (The first time I’ve actually gone to a theater to see a film in awhile.) and I read the novel earlier in the month. So, I figured instead of writing two separate reviews, I’d offer up some dual, random impressions about both. 1) First off, Lehane wrote both […]

Book Review—The Hunter By Richard Stark and Darwyn Cooke

  “He hated her. He hated her and loved her and he’d never felt either emotion for anyone before. Never love, never hate, never for anyone.” -The Hunter, Richard Stark I loved Illustrated Classics when I was a kid. My elementary school had tons of them ranging from Treasure Island-to-at least a dozen adaptations of […]

Book Review—My Work is Not Yet Done By Thomas Ligotti

Quick raise of hands: How many of you have worked for a massive, soulless corporation? You know, the kind of place that makes you wear a tie and funeral shoes to work even though the only people who see you on a day-to-day basis is your fellow cow-towed and dour co-workers? The kind of place […]

Book Review—Bad Sex on Speed By Jerry Stahl

Tweekers. Rail thin, bad greasy skin, rotted horse teeth, receding gums, inflamed scratches on the forearms and hands, mile a minute talk, talk, talk, talk, talk for hours and hours and hours on end, until they finally bottom out and collapse into a coma like sleep….. Meth has been a national obsession over the last […]

Book Review—Annihilation By Jeff VanderMeer

Area X is a contaminated region of the continent of the Southern Reach. It has been quarantined for seemingly decades, the human presence of the region has been nearly erased for the exception of a small, crumbling township and an ominous lighthouse. Otherwise, nature has completely eradicated the memory of civilization. The government of the […]

Book Review—Savages By Don Winslow

Fuck You It’s either one of the campiest opening chapters of a novel ever written or one of the most innovative. Time will tell. But it sets the tone perfectly for Don Winlow’s masterful novel, Savages. Savages is the story of Ben and Chon, two high end pot dealers whose personalities are a literal yen […]