Book Reviews

Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Book Store Author: Matthew Sullivan Publisher: Scribner Published: June 2017 “When she stepped into the Western History alcove, she could feel her eyes trying to shut out what she was seeing: Joey hovering in the air, swinging like a pendulum. A long ratcheted strap...
Title: The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet HC Publisher: Image Words: Theo Prasidis Art: Maarten Donders Publication Date: November 22nd, 2017 Publisher’s Summary: “Bongs, goats, amps, and a lot of naked nuns! In five decades of wretched existence, doom metal has evolved into a vast orchard of unearthly delights. Explore its unholy rites with...
Title: The Bloody Black Flag: A Spider John Mystery Author: Steve Goble Publisher: Seventh Street Books Publication Date: September 12th, 2017 “On land, he could always feel the looming noose. The crowds, the doorways, the alleys all could hide crouching dangers- an agent of the law, an eyewitness to past misdeeds, or just...
“As ever, the way news spread through town caught Merrit off guard, as if it traveled through the breezes that brushed over drystone walls and wended their way toward Lisfenora, gathering strength to blow the latest gossip into everyone’s minds at the same time.” What could be better reading in...
With The New Voices of Fantasy, Jacob Weisman and Peter S. Beagle have composed one of the strongest fantasy anthologies I have read in a long time, brimming with extraordinary tales that range from thought-provoking to spine-tingling.
What I desperately craved reading this novel was grit. I wanted to be lost completely in this world and feel for these characters, but their lack of complexity and individual voice prevented a stronger connection.
nce again Stephen Graham Jones takes the heart-ache and loss within a broken family, places the telling in the context of the supernatural, and reveals truth.
The writing is crisp and the stories move, mostly at a city pace, but what stood out most for me was the various array of intriguing protagonists. Like the vegetables in his title story, Ferris’s characters are all “bright and doomed”.
Here we have a sax playing Bluesman trapped by forces outside of his control. He is most likely doomed by his destiny to a sad end. The suspense and complexity of his situation is clear and we are able to feel his fear and confusion to a great degree.
Focusing on the classic lineup of Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Taylor and Eddie Clarke and reading the transcripts of beer-laden late night conversations with your best mates, it’s like having a seat at the bar and hearing Lemmy and the others tell and retell all the old stories.

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