Morbid Curiosities by Paul Gambino

Morbid Curiosities by Paul Gambino

I knew I was not the only one who loves serial killers…and this book proves it.  Detailing the collections of 17 individuals, this book gives you a peek into the macabre.  From shrunken heads and mummified hands to John Wayne Gacy Clown paintings and a hangman’s noose, these collectors don’t shy away from what makes […]


The Accountant

The Accountant

This was not the movie I was expecting…it was SO MUCH better.  From the previews it looked like a damsel in distress love story, therefore making it not all that interesting but, I assure you, it’s not.  Ben Affleck stars as an autistic accountant with certain murderous extra-curricular activities.  It sounds intriguing enough, but the […]


The Devil You Know by Mike Carey

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey

From the author of “The Girl With All The Gifts” and “Constantine.” Felix Castor sees dead people…but then again, so does everyone else in this particularly hard-boiled version of a modern, haunted London. The difference is, Felix is an exorcist, and he can banish troublesome ghosts…unless he runs across a spirit too strong for him, […]


The Buffalo Hunter by Zane Grey

The Buffalo Hunter by Zane Grey

I love a good Western , don’t you? But my enjoyment has come mostly from the movies and TV programs of the 50s and 60s, not books. Sure, I did read a couple of more “literary” novels set in the West (think Lonesome Dove or The Ox-Bow Incident). And although I’m quite aware of all […]


The Steel Seraglio by Mike Carey et al.

The Steel Seraglio by Mike Carey et al.

The story of what happens to a deposed sultan’s harem of 365 women, told in a style that intersperses the histories of the women with the “present day” action, reminiscent of 1000 Arabian Nights.  It’s an exciting adventure tale on the one hand, but it also explores deeper issues like the power of ideas (even […]


The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

The first book in McKinley’s Damar series. Despite the dragon on the cover, this story subverts as many fantasy tropes as it upholds…the heroine’s chief weapon is hard work, not magic. Her horse is white because it is old and lame, and no one in her kingdom particularly appreciates her heroics. It’s a beautiful story […]


A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay

A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay is one of my favorite fantasy authors. He is a poet in his spare time, and his novels show it. The writing is lyrical but never fussy, and most of his books of fantasy have a solid basis in historical fact. In this case, “A Song For Arbonne” is based in a […]


Redshirts by John Scalzi

Redshirts by John Scalzi

In this satire based on the original Star Trek series, an ensign is thrilled to be assigned to the Universal Union Starship Intrepid…until he notices that someone dies horribly on every away mission, and that someone is usually the new guy. A band of “new guys” join together in an attempt to solve the mystery […]


A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

A perfect and heart-wrenching novella from the author of The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, and set in the same alternate/fantasy version of Africa, where the gods bestow gifts of “magic” (in which some might recognize higher-level physics at play) to the faithful.  Aqib wants to be faithful, and to fulfill his family’s hopes by marrying […]


And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

This eerie and atmospheric three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic “closed room” murder mystery features a fine cast (Miranda Richardson, Charles Dance, and Sam Neill to name a few) and top-notch BBC attention to detail. Ten strangers are invited to a grand mansion on an isolated island, and one by one, are murdered by an […]