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Primordial: An Abstraction
Primordial: An Abstraction
Price: £3.26

4.0 out of 5 stars He has to be consistently good from now on OR ELSE, 1 Jan. 2015
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D. Harlan Wilson is an author who has dug themselves into a hole. He has to be consistently good from now on OR ELSE. This work is shades below his outstanding work on the Sci Kung Fu trilogy but still stands heads and shoulders above most literature. Wilson manages to pack or unpack (depending on how you look at it) so much into such few words that you question if he is not just an algorithm devised by those dastards at Raw Dog Screaming Press to express the last 200+ years of philosophical thought into 200 scant pages. A tight, sophisticated read, Primordial leaves the reader feeling like an ape themselves as they reflect upon their own sense of self in light of the narrators oftentimes 'abrasive' discourse.


Dodgeball High
Dodgeball High
by Bradley Sands
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A strong voice kept me reading to the end. ..., 1 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Dodgeball High (Paperback)
A strong voice kept me reading to the end. Bradley Sands' work always borders the irrepresentable, but somehow comes across as completely legitimate -- this is one of those works.

The ending could probably have been stronger, but overall, a strong work of fiction from a writer with a strong voice. I look forward to reading his next work.


Musclebound Mario
Musclebound Mario
by Kevin L. Donihe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.66

3.0 out of 5 stars Not his finest work, but Donihe is an author you should ..., 1 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Musclebound Mario (Paperback)
The Donihe touch felt missing from this book. Whilst it had comical moments, overall, it felt a step down from his masterful 'Space Walrus'-- where, before, Donihe made a Walrus' plight seem sympathetic and brave, this book lacked that sense of character, depth... charisma, even. Not his finest work, but Donihe is an author you should take note of because when he strikes gold he strikes gold.


Hitler: The Terminal Biography
Hitler: The Terminal Biography
by D. Harlan Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wilson continues to do what Wilson does, 18 Jun. 2014
Simply put, D. Harlan Wilson is one of the best writers around today. Original, funny, absolutely insane and without a doubt, a genius. Wilson keeps getting better and better.


The Kyoto Man
The Kyoto Man
by D. Harlan Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant, 18 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Kyoto Man (Paperback)
This book is nearly impossible to review. D. Harlan Wilson is probably insane. Also, he makes you feel inferior to him despite that fact because he is also dirt clever. It is very probable that you will hate yourself or Wilson after reading this book. At points I wasn't sure if I was reading a biography, a work of meta-science-fiction, or a scathing attack on everything it means to be a person, a self, in the modern world (which all probably amount to the same thing anyway).

If you've read Dr. Identity, Codename Prague, Peckinpah, Diegeses, or just about any of Wilson's oeuvre then you'll have an idea of the trajectory of his work. He makes impossibility seem commonplace.

I can't really bring myself to write more about it right now. I feel like I have some transforming to do. or maybe I already am and always have been... maybe the world is becoming transformed into me and I will be transformed into something else in turn.

Do yourself a favour and read it. If you enjoyed the Scikungfi trilogy thus far, you owe it to yourself to finish it.


The Psychopath's Bible: For the Extreme Individual
The Psychopath's Bible: For the Extreme Individual
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth your time, 15 Jun. 2014
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There are much better written and more interesting books about psychopaths out there. Written 'for the psychopath', this book is not charming, not witty, not even interesting.
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Beyond Apollo
Beyond Apollo
Price: £6.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 15 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Beyond Apollo (Kindle Edition)
Malzberg's finest. Had me laughing all the way through. Funny prose, funny characters, funny story. Can't say a bad word about it. Read it.


The 120 Days of Sodom
The 120 Days of Sodom

4.0 out of 5 stars A truly grotesque book, 15 Jun. 2014
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The matter-of-fact way that characters talk about some of the sexual fetishes is quite amusing. This also contains my favourite quote ever. "Don't you know there are 1000 occasions when one does not want the 'a-hole' of a woman?" Spoken like a true gentleman by the Bishop. Truly evil men doing truly evil things.


The Men Inside
The Men Inside
by Barry N. Malzberg
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Malzberg is brilliant, 15 Jun. 2014
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Simply put, Malzberg is my favourite sci-fi writer, in fact, one of my favourite writers, period. I just wish his books were reprinted more often (see Anti-Oedipus Press' recent reprint of Galaxies). A superb story written by a superb writer.


Tampa
Tampa
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4.0 out of 5 stars female psychopath, 15 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Tampa (Kindle Edition)
This was a great book. The lead character was disgusting, believable, and interesting. I wanted to know what happened with her. Not for the squeamish as it does involve some underage sex, but the prose and story and main character all make it worth reading.


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