This is the kind of book that will only get more important as time progresses. In Body Horror Moore dissects misogyny and feminism in cinema, historical politics, industry, entertainment, and finally (and most importantly) the shit show that is our rag-tag medical system. Forgive me for being maybe too obvious, but: Feminism is important because humanity’s issues … More Review of Anne Elizabeth Moore’s ‘Body Horror’ (2017)
I was so psyched to read a horror novel that took place in the Middle-East! Real middle-eastern characters written by a real middle-eastern, hell yes, authenticity straight from the mysterious and beautiful source! And I’m a huge Frankenstein-story fan as well. But high expectations got the best of me this time. Okay, I’ll start by … More Review of Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad (2015, translated 2018)
What a perfect opportunity for an existential crisis! I’ll take a dozen! I discovered this book as I was figuring out my author page through Amazon, and Amazon was like, hey, you wrote this too, right? I looked at the cover and thought… I think so? Firstly, it’s a similar cover design: Blurbs by Chuck … More Review of a Book I Swear I Think I Did Not Write: Jeremy Robert Johnson’s ‘Skullcrack City’ (2015)
Adjustment Day is more or less 1984 if it were written in 1984 about now. America implodes. Everyone kills all the “smart people” then fucks off to their “own kind.” The plot follows the writing of the manifesto known as Adjustment Day (not this book, another book (this book is about that book)), as the … More A Review of Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Adjustment Day’ (2018)
Time travel stuff is annoying as shit. There’s all this world-building and rule-setting that has to be done before you get into the actual characters and story. So when I opened up Sweterlitsch’s 388 page novel, that’s what I expected. That’s not what I found. Sweterlitsch wants his audience to be overwhelmed at first, to … More Review of Tom Sweterlitsch’s ‘The Gone World’
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A Review of Marian Engel’s ‘Bear’ (1976) If you have heard about Engels’ Canadian fringe flagship, ‘Bear’, there’s only one reason why, and we’ll get to the part in the spoiler zone below. For now, lemme beat around this bush, because frankly, there’s much bush to beat around. This is a lively honey-spurt of a … More Review of Marian Engels’ ‘Bear’ (1976)