Category: Book Reviews

Roulette: A James Bond Adventure by Jamie Mason – Book Review

by Ben Arzate The Soviet Union has set up a network of spies and terrorists in Canada code named Roulette. Their goals are to co-opt the Quebec separatist movement, commit acts of terrorism, steal Canadian military secrets, and infiltrate the United States. James Bond has been assigned to find and destroy the network. With the

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The Unreprinted: Tricycle by Russell Rhodes

Today’s installment of Ben Arzate’s The Unreprinted comes from Silent Motorist staff writer Zakary McGaha who has found himself an out-of-print genre paperback whose book jacket deserves to be remembered if nothing else. In McGaha’s own words, “It may very well have my favorite 80s skeleton cover…although I think Wild Violets by Ruth Baker Field wins

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Sorry ‘Bout That: Humor in the Throes of the Vietnam War

By The Reverend When I was growing up Vietnam vets were still feeling the sting of the jungle. The government had fucked its bright-eyed boys by sending them out to die in the name of some faceless authority figure’s agenda. To add insult to injury, they’d dumped foul chemicals on their own troops so that

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Books That Will Open Your Brain Basket, Part II

By Reverend Bob Turn back. Now move forward. Step into a realm of cosmic slack and arcane power where politicians light each other on fire and zealots buy their own damnation at discount prices. It’s a place where you can reclaim your lost Yeti powers and vanquish the mongrels of reasoning to the abyss of

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The Unreprinted: Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Dealers by Jeffrey Thomas

Welcome back to Ben Arzate’s The Unreprinted, a column exploring rare and/or out-of-print books that have left a lasting impression on readers. Today, author Zakary McGaha takes a look at Jeffrey Thomas’s entry in the Black Flame series of Nightmare on Elm Street tie-ins. by Zakary McGaha The Black Flame line of books holds its

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5 Weird Books You’ve Gotta Read Before Your Brain Eats Itself

By Bob Freville If you’re new to the Motorist then that title might well bug you the fuck out, but fear not! We can still save your brain before it melts into a gnarly flan and you begin speaking in tongues. That’s right, you don’t need to be some boring troglodyte with an empty head

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The Bone Weaver’s Orchard by Sarah Read – Book Review

By Zakary McGaha Disclaimer: This is a title I was given a copy of in exchange for a review by the same publisher who’s putting out a book of mine later; this relationship has no effect on my opinion of Sarah Read’s novel. 4/5 stars. The Bone Weaver’s Orchard felt like a warm, comforting blanket

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Scoundrels Among Us by Darrin Doyle – Book Review

By Ben Arzate Scoundrels Among Us is a collection of 29 stories covering a wide berth of genres and styles. There are realist stories, metafictional narratives, dark humor and pieces consisting only of dialogue. Several of the stories take the form of a sort of bent fairy tale, such as the titular story. Five “scoundrels”

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A Million Ways to Die Hard is the Sequel That Fans Deserve

By Bob Freville There’s an inherent problem with the Die Hard series—it hasn’t been good since 1995. Sure, 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard had its dim charms, such as Maggie Q in black leather and the scenery-chewing fan boy Kevin Smith’s cameo as a basement-dwelling hacker. But there was an insufficient amount of awesome

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Golden Rod by Bram Riddlebarger – Book Review

Review by Ben Arzate [Disclaimer: Golden Rod was published by Cabal Books, which is also publishing a novel by me] Jack, a dishwasher obsessed with tea, has contracted a strange disease which turns his penis a deep yellow. After a stint in the hospital due to an attack by dogs, he decides to burn his

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