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What I Learned from Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

This book blew my mind the first time I read it. I finished the whole thing while on flights for work in December of 2019. I’d never read anything quite like it. Warning: minor spoilers ahead. Before reading this book, I was convinced that there was an unspoken law that authors were not allowed to create strange new worlds with… Read more →

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Joe’s Favorite Books of 2019

Purposefully, I kept my reading goal lower this year. I wanted to focus on reading for quality instead of for quantity. That said, I hit my Goodreads goal of 50 books last week, as opposed to my goal of 75 for 2018. I would love to shoot for 100 books in a year, but I am not a fast reader,… Read more →

Blood Standard by Laird Barron

Joe Reviews: Blood Standard by Laird Barron

I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned sometime in the past that Laird Barron is one my favorite authors. He’s up there in my top five, fighting for the number one spot with Livia Llewllyn, China Mielville, Clive Barker, and Thomas Ligotti. I was leery of reading something not cosmic horror by Mr. Barron. Everyone else in the community seems to… Read more →

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Joe Reviews: The Secret Name by Eve Harms

Howdy! How are all of y’all doing out there on the interwebs? I hope well. I’m doing great! Do you know why? Because I had the pleasure of reading The Secret Name by Eve Harms! “Haven’t heard of it”, you say. Well, let me fill you in. If you’re like me and love libraries and stories involving demonic possession, then… Read more →

Joe Reviews: Come Closer by Sara Gran

Come Closer by Sara Gran – a book review It is time for my review of Come Closer by Sara Gran. Are you ready? Okay. Let’s go. This is another one that I only read due to an upcoming class I’m taking (like Bird Box). And it was a ton of fun. It’s not the sort of stuff I usually… Read more →

Joe Reviews: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

My Thoughts on Bird Box It is time for my review of Bird Box by Josh Malerman. To start things off, I need to let you all know that Bird Box took me a couple tries to get through. On my first attempt, I gave up only a few chapters in. It may have been my mood, but terseness of… Read more →

Cover for We Have Always lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Joe Reviews: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Shirley Jackson is a legend. Just like every other teenager in high school English, and well before I ever had serious aspirations for writing, I’d read her short story, The Lottery. At the time I didn’t thing much of it. It was just another thing I had to read for class, and I made it a point to not enjoy… Read more →

Joe Reviews The Last Wish

Joe Reviews: The Last Wish

It’s time for another book review! Recently I finished reading The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski. I don’t play many video games, but The Witcher books keeps coming up on lists of fantasy to read that is not in the vein of Tolkien and/or is from other cultures. (And if you didn’t know, there is a popular video game series… Read more →

Joe Reviews: Doctor Star

Yep, another graphic novel. Now, I’m not a huge comic fan. I’ve never been into super hero comics, but there are a few titles that I absolutely love, and the Black Hammer series is one of them. Doctor Star is a story set in the same universe. I was a little disappointed that the story was tangential and not directly… Read more →

Joe Reviews Cabal by Clive Barker

Joe Reviews: Cabal by Clive Barker

First let me state that I’ve seen both Lord of Illusions and Nightbreed. Both of these movies are based on different stories from this book. I wasn’t really into Nightbreed, but I loved Lord of Illusions. It had something no other horror flick I’d seen as a kid had, occult magic! That movie was based on the final story in… Read more →