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book review

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    Review "The Devil Rides Out" by Dennis Wheatley (podcast)

    A near-perfect adventure story bolstered by a well-researched study of the occult; full of daring, cunning and romance. Dennis Wheatley writes quickly and keeps the stakes high. He masterfully balances the provision of vital information and background with stake raising in the plot game. Most...
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    Review "The Hellbound Heart" by Clive Barker (podcast)

    A carnal visage of thrill-based plotting that is both fast and to the point…that being the tip of a meat hook. This tale is told from differing points of view. The story’s initial character, Frank, is wrought with hedonistic addictions that can no longer be satiated through earthly delights...
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    Review "the Lathe Of Heaven" By Ursula K. Le Guin (4 1/2 Stars) - Podcast

    A refreshing philosophical exploration into high-concept esoteric questions draped in all the brilliant colors of science fiction. This is a tale rooted in the exploration of hubris in its broadest sense. Whatever array of the political spectrum you subscribe too, the story will speak to you...
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    Review: “Roadside Picnic” by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (5 Stars) - podcast

    A moody morass rallying against the gray walls of reality, in perfect tone. This book lilts like a weather-beaten gravestone, sunk in a forest cemetery littered amongst the broken fragments of classic science fiction tropes. Originality shines through in the story line and voice of the authors...
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    Review "Lair of the White Worm" - Bram Stoker (podcast)

    A meandering gothic tale of wormish fiends, overshadowed by a giant kite and frequent supper respites. Written just before the author’s death, many reviewers have speculated that the writing suffered horribly as a result. There are seemingly random point-of-view switches (not set off by...
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    Sci-Fi Review: "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" by Jack Finney

    Interesting concepts that provide creepy fun for the whole pod to enjoy. The author loosely develops a fascinating concept that later provided a veritable sandbox of inspirations and interpretations for years of analysis. This book has been combed over for allegorical meanings through the...
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    Sci-Fi Book Review: "1984" George Orwell (podcast)

    Review: "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell (5 Stars) Ages like a fine wine with a dark, full-bodied harbinger of doom, increasing with relevance as each year goes by. What can be said about this book that has not already been said? Orwell’s despondent view of an evil utopia hits all the...
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    Sci-Fi Book Review: "The Martian" by Andy Weir (podcast)

    140 million leagues under the blackness of space, Jules Verne is reborn…this time with a sense of humor and irreverent references to pop culture. Through a series of journal entries, the protagonist of this story relays a first person account that chronicles the trials and tribulations of being...