Category Archives: fiction

Book Review: Wizard and Glass by Stephen King (The Dark Tower #4)

This book is a mess. The prologue is a poorer version of the third’s final chapter. The rest of the book seems clumsily contrived to force out the truth of Roland’s past. And so we are left with 100 pages … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Waste Lands by Stephen King (The Dark Tower #3)

“My first thought was, he lied in every word, That hoary cripple, with malicious eye Askance to watch the working of his lie On mine, and mouth scarce able to afford Suppression of the glee, that purs’d and scor’d Its … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King (The Dark Tower #2)

“Yes, yes, honey, I know you wish to stay up longer, but daddy must watch a gunslinger procure antibiotics from a pharmacist. No honey, I don’t expect you to understand. I expect you to sleep. Yes, daddy loves you, but … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Gunslinger by Stephen King (The Dark Tower #1)

Stephen King writes that there are two types of writers: “architects” and “gardeners”. Architects design their work in detail before even beginning to build and gardeners throw seed to the earth and see what grows. King falls, by his own … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

God, I hate short story collections. They are damn near impossible to review. Unless you have somehow managed to find one written in a single year long cluster there it virtually no way to engage it properly. It’s like having … Continue reading

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Book Review: Naked Lunch: The Restored Text by William S. Burroughs

Sanguine poetry dressed in the sex and suffering of addiction. That’s how I wish I could describe Naked Lunch. Addiction is horrifying. Worse than any disease, more debilitating than any ordinary suffering, it is the surrender of one’s identity to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Human Factor by Graham Greene

  The Human Factor is an understated, viscerally affecting book that manages to show a side of espionage largely ignored by the other giants of the genre. It takes the soft side of spy work and puts it under a … Continue reading

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