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The Driver's Seat Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811223010
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 27th, 2014

This is a tightly wound mousetrap of a story that plays out like a Hitchcockian fever dream. It follows comically foibled Lise, an unraveling heroine on a bewildering mission of self destruction. The author had me fooled up until the final pages where everything snapped into place. Genius.


Review by Dean

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780061452888
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 2nd, 2007

This slight but viciously effective novella introduces a sadomasochistic mythology that spills over with gore and poetics. The monastic creatures within are iconic for a reason: they intrigue, terrify, and titillate. But its the human characters that are the real monsters, driven by ego and selfish desire. This tale explores the line between pleasure and pain and reveals the bloody face of transcendence. 


Review by Dean

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ISBN: 9780765387868
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Published: Tor.com - February 16th, 2016

What an angry and satisfying story. Apart from creating a compelling and morally ambiguous character worthy of his own series, Lavalle serves up a rebut to the xenophobia writhing in the depths of the Lovecraft mythos. This book made me hold up foot traffic on the way to the store, demanding that I finish the heartbreaking chapter before I took another step. J'adore. 


Review by Dean

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ISBN: 9780765391414
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Published: Tor.com - August 16th, 2016

Do you ever find yourself wanting more Lovecraft in your diet, but without the misogyny and antisemitism? Johnson turns Lovecraft on his head with this fast-paced and dreamlike quest story, featuring a mature woman as the hero, and lots of strange creatures and places. 

Strange, accessible, and delightful!


Review by Zak