Monthly Archives: September 2017

A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick

A Scanner Darkly, a 1977 novel by Philip K. Dick is reviewed. I focus on the theme of self-awareness and intellect. Continue reading

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The Confessions of Nat Turner, by William Styron

50 years after publication, this deserves to be read. Continue reading

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Five More Books from Hard Case Crime

Continuing the tour into the Hard Case Crime catalogue, we have five more crime novels, including two from Lawrence Block that almost bookend his entire career:

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Five Books from Hard Case Crime

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been dipping into the genre of crime fiction – the blanket┬áterm I’ll use to cover noir, mystery, and police procedural stories. I started with a few Jim Thompson paperbacks and the two fantastic … Continue reading

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Tom O’Bedlam by Robert Silverberg

Continuing our mini-tour through Robert Silverberg’s post-1980 novels, we have the 1985 SF epic Tom O’Bedlam, about a vagrant possessed with uncanny visions. Although I found many things to appreciate in both Gilgamesh the King and Star of Gypsies (both … Continue reading

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The Zap Gun, by Philip K. Dick

The Zap Gun is a 1967 novel by Philip K. Dick that was first serialized as Project Plowshare, a more directly descriptive title. It has a fairly bad reputation as a mess of a novel, but a recent sffaudio episode┬ámade … Continue reading

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