Hari Kunzru ~ Gods Without Men

just finished reading Hari Kunzru’s novel, GODS WITHOUT MEN, an unabashed mashup of CLOUD ATLAS (complete with a blurb from David Mitchell himself: “A beautifully written echo chamber of a novel”; he would know first-hand the bases for such echoes) and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. not as wholly reducible as that, as the …

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FIfty Shades of Lousia May

finished reading the gem of satirical literotica, 50 SHADES OF LOUISA MAY. the smartest funny book or the funniest smartest book i’ve read in recent memory. when this sordid 50 Shades fad has died off, this book will be the only worthwhile vestige. any guesses as to who might’ve penned this? i’m thinking Michael Chabon …

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Thomas Ligotti ~ Noctuary

just finished reading the latest reprinted volume of weird fiction king, Thomas Ligotti: NOCTUARY. loved it not quite as much as his GRIMSCRIBE, SONGS OF A DEAD DREAMER or MY WORK IS NOT YET DONE, but these are earlier works, and he still invokes an existential dread not approached by even the best of Lovecraft …

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