THRIFT STORE WHY: The back text seemed interesting- the cover or title sure aren’t. I suppose I was expecting something a little ‘black mirror’ esque. The back text promises a ‘deep in the future people upload their brains into machines to live on forever, but must die in the real world for this to happen’.
BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): In a retro style future of about 2050, an FBI agent stumbles into a secret, illegal project to copy human brains into a computer. He tries to shut it down, but is murdered and put into the machine instead. There isn’t a lot to the plot beyond this, and him dying is pretty much the only plot point.
WOULD I RECC TO READ: No. It’s generally engaging, but overall a let-down that leads to a befuddling ending.
Continue reading “Pulp Binge: The Silicon Man isn’t the real deal”
This is a very difficult review to write, for one simple reason: the parts of this book that were good, were good. Other parts I skipped, and while there were reasons for that, I feel I shouldn’t include them in my grading- but then I have to, actually, since they are a part of the whole.
And the whole of this book is disappointing. Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon was excellent, and this book could have nearly been excellent if it was actually a sequel. Now, you don’t know this from the back, cover, or anything else, but this book is maybe a third Callahan’s stories, the other 2/3s being miscellaneous short stories and non-fiction.
Yes, non-fiction! That is the part I skipped. Look, they might have been fine, but I didn’t pick up this book to read interviews, essays, and speeches.
Continue reading “Time Travellers Strictly Cash is the second Callahan’s book… and fittingly, only has two quality Callahan stories”
THRIFT STORE WHY: Assigned reading, baby! Happily, I do not own this book.
BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): Humans come to a planet full of big trees and green monkey people. The natives have no concept of war or hardship, and are ill-prepared when the humans begin destroying their land and enslaving their people. Our narrators are threefold: A Good Human, A Rebel Alien, and a Big Fat Racist. Despite the generic set-up, we learn along the way… maybe the REAL racist allegory was inside us (the author) all along…!
WOULD I RECC TO READ: Not on my honor or life.
Continue reading “Pulp Binge: The Word for World Is Forest’s one strength is that I got to write a very good essay on how bad it was”
THRIFT STORE WHY: It’s The Omen, baby!! I bought it because I knew the story and had some interest in it… plus it was very, very short.
BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A husband unwittingly is given the antichrist to raise. He seems like a normal enough kid half the time, with some quirks. However, a bunch of terrible events in a row make the husband realize something is up.
WOULD I RECC TO READ: It’s a classic. But maybe just see the movie.
FUN FACT: I had no idea ‘Good Omens’ was such a parody/homage to this book. It’s obvious in hindsight.
Continue reading “Pulp Binge: The Omen is lacking, in so many ways”
THRIFT STORE WHY: A mix of the name, cover, and back cover text. I have a for super secret groups of immortals (oddly common in the genre, see Only Child), the cover is wild (though very irrelevant to the story), and the back cover promised what I like: vague devil related bargains, a clique of immortals, possible parent-killing-child content….
BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A normal husband takes a one day turn for evil after getting a sudden, suspicious new job. His wife is left to feel like she’s going insane for a very, very long time, as suspicious deaths keep piling up and her husband becomes an abusive asshole.
WOULD I RECC TO READ: Nope.
Continue reading “Pulp Binge: The Immortals is a story about the worst man ever, and the wife that just won’t leave him”
THRIFT STORE WHY: Back-cover text. Usually I buy pulp books for their covers, but sometimes a plot sounds exactly like my jam, and I live with the boring painting on the front. It’s a well drawn bike, at least.
BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A remarkably stupid teen is surprised to find he and many of the other teens from his town are going to a luxury camp retreat for a month. Oddly, all the kids have their birthday in july… and are all 17… and are only children… and once they turn 18, they are never seen again……..
WOULD I RECC TO READ: Go for it.
Continue reading “Pulp Binge: Only Child is like an unexpectedly fun horror movie”
Hello! I’ll be doing a PULP BINGE for the next few updates, and feature more pulp in general. I have a bad habit of buying quite a bit of pulp, but I rarely read it- finally, I’m going through my backlog and slamming these guys down!
I’m a major pulp sci-fi/horror fan, so that’s mostly what you’ll be seeing here.
Pulp, if you’re not familiar, is a common name for those short, fat paperbacks that were mostly printed before the late 90s. Pulp as a genre is also notable for often being more ‘trashy’ and not as ‘refined’ as commercial fiction. Quotes because this is not necessarily true in the slightest!
THRIFT STORE WHY: The cover! It looks amazing in person, with this weird, shiny overlay (especially on the red eyes). The art is fantastic, the name is attention grabbing, and the back copy/tagline are both really fun. I’m always keen on brainwashing plots and fake-utopias.
BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A dull rebellious girl moves into a Utopian neighborhood where daily pills and radio signals make every citizen morally pure and essentially the same. Elsewhere, a semi-robot teen hallucinates for half the book.
WOULD I RECC TO READ: No. It’s fun and pulpy, but there’s a lot better of the type.
Continue reading “Pulp binge: Perfect Little Angels is… imperfect”