Alan Glynn ~ Bloodland

just finished reading Alan Glynn‘s third novel (i’ve read them all, starting with the brilliant THE DARK FIELDS, retitled LIMITLESS starring Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro in the film version, WINTERLAND about city politics and vast corruption) BLOODLAND, in which the death of an actress and others in a helicopter crash off Donegal is the …

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Sara Gran ~ Saturn’s Return to New York

just finished reading Sara Gran’s SATURN’S RETURN TO NEW YORK. i’d previously loved her tale of revenge wrought supernaturally in NYC, COME CLOSER, and so had bought reams of her work. had i known that the book i just finished was basically a chick flick surrounding the astrological stress of Saturn reemerging 29 years after …

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Lucius Shepard ~ Vacancy/Ariel

just finished reading a beautiful tome, Subterranean Press’ homage to the Ace Double Novels of decades passed, two unique and essential novellas by the King of Speculative Fiction, Lucius Shepard, VACANCY and ARIEL. both of them have equally far-flung premises, one centering on his evocatively-maligned hometown of Daytona and very odd goings-on in a certain …

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Charlie Williams ~ King of the Road

just finished reading the latest of Charlie Williams’s novels set in the downtrodden UK burg of Mangel centering around the thoroughly politically incorrect, recent mental patient, inadvertent murderer (new father?) and town hard-man, Royston Blake. Blakey is Mayhem Personified, and the argot Williams weaves is truly addictive, and one roots for this rube and malcontent …

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Dan Simmons ~ The Terror

Just finished reading THE TERROR, 2007 novel by American author Dan Simmons, a fictionalized account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror to the Arctic to force the Northwest Passage in 1845–1848. Franklin and his crew are plagued by starvation and scurvy and forced to contend with mutiny and …

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