The Ghost Club by William Meikle

Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In The Ghost Club, William Meikle does something quite audacious. He presents a collection of ghostly short stories attributed to several Victorian authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Anton Chekhov, Helena P. Blavatsky, and Henry James. Some of the hauntings in this collection are subtle, while others have high body counts. Continue reading

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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“The earth is good at healing itself. This wound will scab over quickly in geologic terms.”

The Fifth Season takes place in a world prone to periodic disasters called fifth seasons. Every once in a while, there’s a civilization destroying natural disaster and things get all post-apocalyptic for a time before life settles back down again and things get back to normal. This is a pretty brutal story featuring the deaths of children and large scale disasters, so be warned. Continue reading

The Familiar Volume 4: Hades by Mark Z. Danielewski

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“Just one cage finding another. Maybe wider. Maybe bigger. Still cage. All of it. With horizons for bars.”

The Familiar, Volume 4 takes place between August and September 2014. All of the different characters in The Familiar are really starting to come together. Luther and Ozgur see each other at the gun range. Jingjing and Xanther just barely miss each other at the airport. Luther sells drugs to Jingjing. Continue reading

Don Juan Canto 5

8f3a4b7ec03647c2ddabd66e6fc21b9dByron starts Canto 5 by telling us of the dangers of writing love poetry: “Even Petrarch’s self, if judged with due severity,/Is the Platonic pimp of all posterity.” (Canto V, 1) I’d never thought of it like that, but I think he’s right. Love poems (or today’s equivalent–love songs) help facilitate hooking up. To prevent this from happening, Byron assures us that he himself will always attach a good moral message to his poems. Yeah, I’m sure that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Continue reading