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Books: Grendel – John Gardner

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When one thinks of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, philosophical ruminations and existential crises are not often the first things that comes to mind. However, this did not stop John Gardner, author of the novel Grendel, from completely flipping the classic on its head. This small yet intense novel tells

Books: Little Brother – Cory Doctorow

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Moments after I finished Little Brother I wrote Cory: Just finished Little Brother – sweet jebus man! I generally like your stuff but you’ve never made me cry before!  Bravo!  This goes on the shelf of ‘must reads’ for my kids too, to be sure.  If you show up

Books: The Portable Curmudgeon – Jon Winokur

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I've always disliked quotes. It seems to me that if you're going to say something, you might as well say it yourself. It doesn't help that I rarely hear a quote that hasn't been beaten to death harder then a punching bag at a military training base. I swear, if I

Books: Mark Z. Danielewski – House of Leaves

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House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is the sort of book that people tend to either hate or love. The text is infuriatingly complicated, even though its message and storyline are quite simple. Major reviews of the book swing from commentary on Danielewski’s genius to criticism regarding the

Books: Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson

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Many of you have probably heard of Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age for its prevalent use of Neo-Victorianism, and for it being an wonderful novel. However, you may not have heard of his earlier work Snow Crash. Where The Diamond Age was a bildungsroman set in a nano-technologically influenced

Books: The Onion Girl – Charles de Lint

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  Charles de Lint has written sixty-seven books to date, he is nothing if not prolific.  Ranging from collections of short-stories to full novels, almost all of them have helped to pioneer a growing area of fiction known as ‘urban fantasy.’  Like any genre, it’s a bit difficult to

Book: The Affected Provincial’s Companion – Volume One

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  I was introduced to Lord Breaulove Whimsy and The Affected Provincial’s Companion by my friend, Chronographia von Strangehours.  Chronographia, I am pleased to say, has agreed to write an upcoming book review for your enjoyment so you shall be making her acquaintance in greater detail shortly. Quite frankly

Books: Titus Groan, the first book in the Gormenghast series

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  Gormenghast, that is, the main massing of the original stone, taken by itself would have displayed a certain ponderous architectural quality were it possible to have ignored the circumfusion of those mean dwellings that swarmed like an epidemic around its outer walls. They sprawled over the sloping earth,

Special Offer on Ann & Jeff VanderMeer’s Steampunk

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  Alas, this special offer has ended.  A big Thank You goes out to Ann & Jeff VanderMeer  for the multitude of Zeppelins drawn for our readers!  Steampunk is now in stores and can be ordered through Amazon.