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A few choice titles. Challenge your preconceptions or just ready yourself for that next debate with some mundane dullard. Oh, there's plenty of fun here as well...

  Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them
 - A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right   - Al Franken

If you only read one hilarious political critique this year (or knowing a lot of you, this decade) this is the one to read. Know why the government, media, and corporate string-pullers are so awesomely screwed up, and intent on screwing you right up there with them.  Franken is fresh and funny, and his humility is... unique.


  From Hell  - Alan Moore

A graphic novel of immense proportions.  Yeah, this thing is as thick as your yellow pages.  It's the story of the hunt for Jack the Ripper, but told as only Alan Moore could tell it.  You may have seen the movie with Johnny Dep and think you've seen everything already, but no - that's only part of the story.  Amazing graphic style, compelling dialog and dialects, this is a satisfactory tome.  It's a huge comic book, but unlike anything you've seen before.



Art of Joseph Michael Linsner

Joseph Michael Linsner is amazing.  His worlds of Good and Evil seem old and fresh at once.  Unknown archetypes battle as if they were the concepts themselves.  But all of this is almost overshadowed by one character of his; Dawn.  She is the subject of the lions share of his work, yet it never becomes boring or repetitive. Good girl art, bad girl art, can it be both?  Yes - and in Linsner's mythology it even seems necessary.



How to Be a Villain - Neil Zawacki

Yes, we could have written this, but we're lazy slobs and if someone wants to do our work for us...so much the better.  This is a fun little book, bound and produced with 1950's elementary school textbook sensibilities and artistic style. 



Creepy Susie: And 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children - Angus Oblong

Take it from us.  This is going to be a couple of firsts for you.  First, you'll rarely read a book as fast - because it's paced and produced like a kids easy reader book with large pictures and simple stories.  Second, you'll be hard pressed to find something so quickly and directly disturbing.  Buy two, you're sure to know someone you want to give this to!  



Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer

OK, when did you last read a kids book where the hero was a pre-teen mastermind of crime.  Juvenile Moriarity? Young Blowfield? This is the first book in a series, and we recommend it highly.    



Lullaby - Chuck Palahniuk

A poem that kills. A real estate agent who specializes in selling horribly haunted houses. A road trip like you've never seen before.  This is from the guy who wrote Fight Club, and it's very special.  From the dead bird on the cover, to the incredible twist (very much foreshadowed but a big surprise none the less) at the end, this is a great book for anyone who likes their entertainment "just a little bit out there!"



The Illuminatus Trilogy - Robert Shea

Are you a conspiracy fan. Not really unless you've already read this book.

 Ever wonder where FNORD really came from?  Want to know the connection between that pyramid on your money and... well, you aren't cleared for that yet are you?  This book is as relevant today as it was in the 60's when it shaped the political lobes of a generation on acid and weed. 



House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski

We have so much love for this intricate and disturbed book it's hard to simply write a few lines about it.  An amazing layered story, a review of an analysis of a film shot in a house where the inside dimensions are slightly larger than the outside measurements. To say ghost story is to miss the point.  To get distracted by the sexual antics is only natural, but you must stay on course.  Typographical madness unlike anything you've seen before. You think Wired gets some strange page layouts?  They're writing in crayon compared to Z's work.

 Read it and be forever changed.



Necronomicon - by the mad Arab

Amazing.  The worlds most evil book, in paperback.  Mentioned in worried voices in H.P. Lovecraft stories, as well as many other literary venues, this is the one, true, book of the dead.  At the very least, you want this laying around open on your desk at work when your boss comes in to talk about your last review...

Read the on-line reviews on this one.  We'll say no more.



Snow Crash - Neil Stephenson

Yeah, the whole cyberpunk literary movement is kind of past it's prime, but this is one book that still stands out and refreshes with almost every paragraph. From its insights on the evolution of economies and corporations, to the eventual use of cyberspace (here The Metaverse) we can start to see just how ON Stephenson was when he wrote this more than a decade ago.  It gets points for its sense of humor as well. 



The Final Programme - Michael Moorcock

OK, totally unfair, but we love this book.  It's simply not available.  If Amazon has any used, you can find them via this link.

First of the Jerry Cornelius' odyssey of stories.  An assassin, drug addict, rocker, spy, jack of all... well, we gush. JC makes Bowie look like Pat Boone. Moorcock's stories are an amazing matrix of interconnected characters, worlds, themes, and cosmic jokes.  From Elric to Jerry, the man has created an amazing multiverse of ambivalent heroes and likeable villains. This book is the root. Shame about that out of print bit...



Tarnsman of Gor - John Norman

In the early 1970s young boys were combing bookstore bookshelves for  more stories like Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote, or the Conan series, but the whole Science Fiction/Fantasy marketing machine hadn't taken off yet so there was only a few things available.  One of these was The GOR series.  With covers looking like the best of Conan and Tarzan, it was easy to see these boys toting new adventures home with them.

What their parents didn't know was that these were thin sword and sorcery plots painted over some of the best bondage and discipline tales that have ever hit paperback.  Oh, weren't those interesting times!

But someone is buying them.  The series is still going on today, with over two dozen titles in all!



Ship of Fools - Richard Paul Russo

Russo is always original.  Here he gives us the story of a civilization on a starship, searching for some place to set down and perhaps eek out a way of life. The universe has turned out to be a very barren and lonely place, and the crew seem destined to live out their lives in this odd society.  The hero, a tragically disfigured and misshapen young man, makes the best of the decaying and decadent world in which he finds himself.  Of course, things get very weird when they encounter a silent artifact of alien life. 



Zen Speaks - Tsai Chih Chung

Face it, you've always wanted to be a Zen Master, but who has the time?

Now you can, with Zen Speaks, a collection of one page Zen lessons, each in COMIC BOOK FORM!  This is all you need to know to make Zen statements, in context, without all that mucking about with deep understanding and mental discipline.  Black and white illustrations double as a coloring book if you are so inclined!  Check out the sample pages on this one - you'll be sounding like Shang-Chi in no time!



The Essential Ellison - Harlan Ellison

Short and Sweet - If you don't own any Harlan Ellison, you need to buy this book. 

You've undoubtedly seen some of his work already - his work spans Bablyon Five, Twilight Zone, Star Trek, and many others.  But he really shines in his printed work, where his language and judgments come through like a hot switchblade through butter. From urban tales to science fiction masterpieces, he's an original who is never boring.



Titus Crow - Brian Lumley

If you've ever tried to read Lovecraft and failed because the characters weren't really interesting until they lost their minds - Lumley is here for you to make a second try at it.  A much more interesting storyteller than HPL, Lumley takes the same Elder God and Things Man was Not Meant To Know mythos and crafts great reads from them.

Titus Crow takes the Lovecraft world and puts a Sherlock Holmes/Dr Watson pair of investigators deep into it's many odd situations.  And if you like these, try Lumley's Necroscope series as well, they're a sweeping tale of vampires - like you've never seen vampires before...



The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty - Anne Rice

When Anne Rice was getting notoriety for redefining vampires as tragic romantic figures, she had a little side freak going on under the name A. N. Roquelaure.  ANR was busy writing a trillogy of erotica based on a version of the Sleeping Beauty story, but one where beauty was a slave to the prince's wild imagination.  Sure to annoy purists and probably something that has kept Disney lawyers awake at night, this first book in a trilogy is an interesting addition to any bookshelf.



Created, The Destroyer - Warren Murphy

Easily missed and mistaken for Yet Another Men's Adventure series (translation: Muy Macho Men with Guns) the Destroyer series has over one hundred and thirty titles in print.  What's not always understood is that this series is more parody of the genre, and includes very timely parody of current world events, society's trends, and simple human failings. Remo and Chun are a pair of unmatched assassins, student and teacher, who are in the employ of a shadow agency answerable only to the president of the United States.  Sounds pretty standard, but the fact that Chun is a big fan of daily soap operas and Remo suffers his almost constant reminders about his failings is a hint about how this odd couple dances through various and crazy assignments.  (Hint, the first books take themselves a little too seriously, not hitting their stride right away, so you might want to jump in later in the series unless you're a completist.)



Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors - Jhonen Vasquez

We really wanted something with Invader Zim for Jhonen Vasquez, but the short-lived Nickolodeon series - but aside from bootleg DVDs on eBay, there just ain't any.  So we give you Squee.  A compilation of JV's small press comic series featuring a perpetually frightened child living in a world that gives him more than enough reasons to be perpetually frightened.  If you're a Zim fan, you'll recognize the humor and art style immediately, like a breath of fresh methane.  If not, well providing your puny human mind can handle the twisting and churning... you just might find something here to your liking...


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