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May 23rd, 2014

Wednesday Night Shenanigans [May. 23rd, 2014|08:50 am]
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As someone who doesn’t think he photographs well, there aren’t a lot of pictures of me I like. This one, however, may be my favorite picture to include me in recent memory:

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(Photo by Ellen Datlow)

That’s Paul Tremblay, Livia Llewellyn, and me having a good time at the KGB Bar reading Wednesday night. (You can see more of Ellen’s photos from the event here, including a particularly hilarious one of Alexa.) Paul was in town to read with Laird Barron. Both readings were excellent, by the way. Laird read his story “Slave Arm,” and Paul read an excerpt from his forthcoming novel Head Full of Ghosts. It was a great night. I’m glad there’s a photo I like enough to commemorate it with.

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Chimera [May. 23rd, 2014|11:01 pm]
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Chimera: A Jim Chapel MissionChimera: A Jim Chapel Mission by David Wellington

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This fast-moving page-turner successfully melds Wellington’s horror roots with the modern thriller genre, with just a dash of mad science added for good measure. Jim Chapel is an action hero with a difference: he’s got an artificial arm after losing his in Afghanistan, something that turns out to be an advantage in some scenarios and a distinct disadvantage in others. The supporting cast of characters keeps things lively, especially Angel, the disembodied voice in Chapel’s Bluetooth who helps him out in times of need, and Laughing Boy, the deranged assassin on Chapel’s trail. But most interesting are the chimeras themselves, human-animal hybrids with a thirst for bloodshed, inhuman strength, and a grudge against the scientists who bred them, whom Chapel must track down and neutralize before more people die. It’s highly entertaining stuff, and I find myself eagerly anticipating the next Jim Chapel novel.

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Grave’s End: A True Ghost Story [May. 23rd, 2014|11:22 pm]
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Grave's End: A True Ghost StoryGrave’s End: A True Ghost Story by Elaine Mercado

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I knew Ms. Mercado’s daughters. Even they think there was no real haunting. Still, it’s an interesting story, and a good illustration of how people can talk themselves into believing something, no matter how outlandish.

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