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REVIEW Battling Insensate Evil Never Looked so Boss: Lightning’s Call, Book One by Vincent LaRosa

Lightning’s Call is what you’d get if Tolkien and Lovecraft co-wrote Gangs of New York and Ivan Reitman directed it as though it were Ghostbusters–while Reitman was channelling John Carpenter. Or F.W. Murnau. Nah, Carpenter, definitely–except instead of the Dead Rabbits versus the Bowery Boys, the plot spins around an agitated Civil War veteran named …

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REVIEW Fast Times in the San Joaquin: Lucifer’s Hammer (1977) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

We’re closing out obscure disaster and dystopian novel week with what may be the least obscure title. I was torn between this and Nevil Shute’s On the Beach, but I covered nuclear holocaust already war with the Alas, Babylon spot and had yet to include a book representing one of my favorite sub-genres:  the “cometpocalypse”. Nominated for a Hugo …

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REVIEW Is Blood Thicker Than Purified Apocalypse Water?: John Christopher’s No Blade of Grass (1956)

Imagine Chevy Chase’s Vacation where Clark W. Griswold isn’t a dumbass, and he and the fam are being chased across the country by hijackers, murderers, and rapists. In England. Initially published in the UK as The Death of Grass, John Christopher’s 1956 novel tells the story about how a catastrophic food shortage caused by a plant virus plays …

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RECOMMENDED The Eclectic Band-Aid Fishing Trip: 92 in the Shade by Thomas McGuane

Imagine Batman vs. the Joker except less self-righteous and without merch or fast-food tie-ins. Or imagine Wall Street in a subtropical paradise except no one is rich or powerful, and no pointed lessons are learned. Or imagine a Hemingway fishing story as written by Hunter S. Thompson and you’re getting very close to Thomas McGuane’s 92 in …

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RECOMMENDED The Theology-Geometry Remedy Comedy: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Imagine Don Quixote as an overweight, unemployed thirty-year-old who lives on soda and Doris Day movies–and who lives off of his mother–running around The Big Easy quoting Boethius while vocally condemning the city and its citizens for their “lack of theology and geometry.” A Confederacy of Dunces is an American picaresque, a comic masterpiece by the …

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