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Read This: The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains

Read This: The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains

Jon Morris’s The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains is a natural sequel to his The League of Regrettable Superheroes. Let’s face it: Without anyone to fight against, the superheroes are just a bunch of folks running around in funky spandex underoos. Let’s also face that very few supervillains will have the

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Re-Read This: Of Dice and Men

Re-Read This: Of Dice and Men

Revisiting another blast from the past     Of Dice and Men The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It David M. Ewalt Scribner: 288 pp., $26         Back in 2013, when David Ewalt’s Of Dice and Men came out, I had not

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Re-Read This: The League of Regrettable Superheroes

Re-Read This: The League of Regrettable Superheroes

Revisiting an oldie but goodie Some comic book superheroes make you think, and some make you wonder. Guess which ones show up in Jon Morris’s The League of Regrettable Superheroes? “More sophisticated storytelling, including such high-profile critical successes as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, encouraged a new generation of

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Read This: Lovecraft Country

Read This: Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country starts with a fascinating premise–what would it be like as an African-American to battle the forces of darkness while also battling the rampant racism of 1950s America? Matt Ruff gives the idea a good run in his episodic 2016 novel. The interconnected stories are well-paced and well-told, and

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Read This: Harlan Ellison Is Gone

Read This: Harlan Ellison Is Gone

Harlan Ellison died last week at the age of 84. He was a genuine legend in science fiction, by all accounts larger than life and twice as abrasive. I never met the man, but he has still been a part of my life for decades. When I was around eleven

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Read This: Trade Yer Coffin For A Gun

Read This: Trade Yer Coffin For A Gun

Trade Yer Coffin for a Gun by Mer Whinery is one truly weird Western. It reads like a mash up of From Dusk Till Dawn, High Plains Drifter, and Zombie–this is a big, bold, B movie of a book that revels in its inspirations. Let’s face it: any tale that brings

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Read This: Figures Unseen

Read This: Figures Unseen

Figures Unseen: Selected Stories, the latest collection by Steve Rasnic Tem, is a master-class in weird fiction. The circumstances in these thirty five stories are disturbingly familiar, the settings uncomfortably domestic. Tem’s flawed and damaged characters struggle to hold on to some semblance of normalcy as their lives come apart.

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Read This: Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography

Read This: Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography

  Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography by Tom Johnson and Deborah Del Vecchio delivers what it promises. First published in 1996, this compendium details every film put out by Hammer studios–165 full length films over forty three years, as well as shorts and television shows. While there are a slew

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Read This: Nightbird

Read This: Nightbird

Nightbird by David Busboom is an entertaining, richly written debut novella that I wish were a full-length novel. The language is evocative, the premise interesting, and the plot straightforward without being predictable. Isaac, the first-person narrator, describes his deflowering by a mysterious woman, and what becomes of his life because

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Read This: The Man in the High Castle

Read This: The Man in the High Castle

A year ago I reviewed the first season of the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle. Now, with the premiere of season two, I’d like to look at the source material. While I enjoyed Amazon’s version of Philip K. Dick’s Hugo-winning alternative history, the novel The Man in the

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