Book Reviews Category

Shroud Magazine gives Transubstantiate a great review.

Great review for the book over at Shroud Magazine (love these guys) but some harsh criticism for the typesetting and cover art. “Transubstantiate, when all the pieces fall into place, is an intricate and layered look at action and consequence, the struggle between mislaid control and frustrated effort of self-proclaimed gods of men and the […]

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Review of Normally Special by xTx is now live up at The Nervous Breakdown

My review of Normally Special by xTx is now live at The Nervous Breakdown. This is the debut collection from Tiny Hardcore Press and Roxane Gay. INTENSE stuff. How intense? Well, I lead off the review with this quote: “It is difficult to masturbate about your father, but not impossible, as it turns out.” This […]

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Review of You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers

My review of You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know (Riverhead Books), the touching, courageous, heartbreaking memoir by Heather Sellers, is now live at The Nervous Breakdown. It’s the story of a woman who has face blindness. She can’t remember anyone’s face. Heather came down to Murray State where I’m getting my MFA to speak, […]

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Review of Sarah Court by Craig Davidson

Sarah Court (ChiZine Publications) by Craig Davidson was one of my favorite books of 2010. I’ve been reading Craig for years now, and am a big fan of The Fighter and Rust and Bone. Head on over to The Nervous Breakdown to read my review, but here’s a quick summary from the dust jacket. If […]

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Review of The Ones That Got Away by Stephen Graham Jones is live

My book review of The Ones That Got Away (Prime Books) by Stephen Graham Jones is now live up at The Nervous Breakdown. Such a great collection. Nominated for a Bram Stoker award too, for the best in horror, collections. Best of luck Stephen. This dark assortment of haunting, emotional, layered stories is one of […]

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In The Mean Time by Paul Tremblay

In The Mean Time by Paul Tremblay is a powerful collection of short stories, always interesting, with the usual Tremblay Twists, unique perspectives and layers of emotions. These stories really socked me in the gut, so head over to The Nervous Breakdown to get all of that information, see what my favorites were, and be […]

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Cut Through The Bone by Ethel Rohan

This slim volume of dark fiction was a real joy to read. Check out my full review over at TNB. Dark Sky is doing a lot of great things, and this was an ideal place to start.

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The Orange Eats Creeps: A discussion between Richard Thomas and Blake Butler

The Orange Eats Creeps (Two Dollar Radio) by Grace Krilanovich is one of the most challenging and simultaneously rewarding books I read in 2010. I knew that I would have difficulty with this unique debut novel, so I decided to have a conversation with fellow dark and surreal author Blake Butler over a couple of […]

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Richard’s Top 10 Books of the Year: 2010

Well, there are so many books that I didn’t get to, and I know I’ll be reading a ton in January, but here is my list of the top ten books that I read in 2010. They all totally blew my mind. They are in no particular order. The Physics of Imaginary Objects by Tina […]

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Benjamin Percy’s The Wilding

So my review is now up at TNB. Go check it out, peeps. If you haven’t read Ben’s work, well, you need to go do that. I can’t remember the last time I found a new voice that captivated me as much as Ben Percy. It started with the story, “Refresh, Refresh” in an issue […]

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