Recent Reads: Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers (Corvus, 2012, 511 pgs) When Christina Rossetti was a young woman, she inherited her father’s coveted – and cursed – pocket statuette. It bore within it the vampiric spirit of her long-dead uncle, author John Polidori, who, when summoned, begins to threaten the lives of those closest to… Continue reading Recent Reads: Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

Recent Reads: The Deep by Nick Cutter

The Deep by Nick Cutter (Simon and Schuster, 2015, 394 pgs) A disease is spreading with no signs of slowing down. Nicknamed “the ‘Gets,” it causes people to slowly forget everything they know, eventually causing complete catatonia and death. Luke Nelson is a veterinarian called in by the government at a secret location near Guam to… Continue reading Recent Reads: The Deep by Nick Cutter

Best Reads of 2017

During 2017, I read thirty-four books (not including graphic novels, comics, etc.) and this is a quick little post of the most memorable, with special mentions at the bottom for those which I absolutely loved, regardless. Nonfiction: Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi (Arrow, Kindle ed., 1975, 2015, USA –… Continue reading Best Reads of 2017

Recent Reads: Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs (Penguin UK, 2016, 192 pgs) A collection of short stories from the annals of Peculiar history, told by Millard Nullings, accomplished philologist and scholar, and ward of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. In these tales are lessons to be learned, sights to see, and secrets to keep.… Continue reading Recent Reads: Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

The Big Read: ‘House of Leaves’ (Part One)

“Largeness has always been a condition of the weird and unsafe; it is over-whelming, too much or too big. […] [the uncanny] is neither homey nor protective, nor comforting, nor familiar. It is alien, exposed, and unsettling, or in other words, the perfect description of the house on Ash Tree Lane.” [28] “an unremarkable door… Continue reading The Big Read: ‘House of Leaves’ (Part One)

Best Reads of 2016

Over the course of 2016, I managed to read a total of twenty-eight books, both non-fiction and fiction. Yep. So close to thirty. So very close. That’s 2017’s goal sorted then. That can go on the New Years Resolutions. And so, for the first post of 2017, I’m going to list four books I particularly enjoyed reading;… Continue reading Best Reads of 2016

I Can Remember It For You Wholesale: ‘Unwise Child’ (1962)

“‘Snookums […] is a self-activating, problem-seeking computer with input and output sensory and action mechanisms analogous to those of a human being. […] He is as close to being a living creature as anything Man has yet devised.’” [63] PUBLISHING: Unwise Child, Randall Garrett (192pgs); Mayflower Books, USA, UK, 1962. THE PLOT: Michael Raphael Gabriel… Continue reading I Can Remember It For You Wholesale: ‘Unwise Child’ (1962)