LitStack Review: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

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Borne Jeff VanderMeer Farrar, Straus and Giroux Release Date:  April 25, 2017 ISBN 978-0-3741-1524-1 Jeff VanderMeer is an author who defies easy categorization. His fiction is easier to describe by adjective rather than genre: strange, complex, unsettling, and yet familiar, affecting, literate. Of Annihilation, the first book in his Southern Reach trilogy (soon to be [….]

LitStack Review: Idle Ingredients by Matt Wallace

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Idle Ingredients A Sin du Jour Affair- Book 4 Matt Wallace Tor.com Release Date:  February 7, 2017 ISBN 978-0-7653-9003-5 Idle Ingredients is the fourth book in the Sin du Jour series, which follows the exploits of a premiere paranormal catering company based in Long Island.  These quick, witty novellas by Matt Wallace have indeed been [….]

LitStack Review: The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville

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The Last Days of New Paris China Miéville Del Rey Release Date:  August 9, 2016 ISBN 978-0-34554-399-8 I adore China Miéville’s writing; it delights and confounds me in equal measure. For some reason, he can get away with making me feel absolutely lost and yet firmly tucked into wherever he goes. I am constantly running [….]

LitStack Review: Envy of Angels by Mark Wallace

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Envy of Angels Matt Wallace Tor.com Release Date:  October 20, 2015 ISBN 978-0-7653-8528-4 What a strange, perverse, hilarious and utterly entertaining little book this is! Sin du Jour is a private catering and events company based in Long Island City.  Run by Chef Byron “Bronko” Luck, a former purveyor of a group of wildly popular [….]

LitStack Review: The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R. S. Belcher

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The Brotherhood of the Wheel R. S. Belcher Tor Books Release Date:  March 1, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-8028-9 I grew up in the 1970s, mostly in small towns in the Midwest.  The truckers that would go rumbling down the highways that invariably transected our tiny burgs were legendary in their mystique.  As kids, my sisters and [….]

LitStack Review: Fellside by M. R. Carey

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Fellside M. R. Carey Orbit Release Date:  April 5, 2016 ISBN 978-0-316-30028-5 Just what is Fellside, the newest novel from The Girl With All the Gifts author M. R. Carey?  Is it a horror story set inside a women’s penitentiary?  A ghost story of elusive redemption?  A legal thriller where one young lawyer’s dogged determination [….]

LitStack Flash Review – Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell

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Witches of Lychford Paul Cornell Tor.com Release Date:  September 8, 2015 ISBN 978-0-7653-8523-9 The first look might throw you.  Witches of Lychford is not a large book – only 133 reading pages – but author Paul Cornell, a veteran of writing for comic books and Doctor Who novels, knows how to pack a punch in [….]

LitStack Review: Slade House by David Mitchell

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Slade House David Mitchell Random House Release Date:  October 27, 2015 ISBN 978-0-8129-9868-9 David Mitchell is an amazing novelist (NPR reviewer Jason Sheehan calls his writing “beautifully twisty.”  I like that.)  With unique works such as Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks under his belt, the question is, what does he do next? The answer [….]

LitStack Encore Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

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Doctor Sleep Stephen King Scribner Release Date:  September 24, 2013 ISBN 978-1-4767-2765-3 Another encore review of one of our favorite horror novels! Happy Halloween! I think I’ve said a number of times that horror stories simply aren’t my genre of choice, in books or movies, or what have you.  I’m just not one of those [….]

LitStack Encore Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown  Holly Black Little, Brown Books Release Date:  September 3, 2013 ISBN:  978-0-31621-310-3 In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, here is a slightly updated review of one of our favorite spooky novels.   Enjoy!   Now THIS is what a vampire tale should be like.  Forget that it’s written for [….]