Bookshots: 'Damn! A Cultural History of Swearing in Modern America' by Rob Chiri

Bookshots: 'Damn! A Cultural History of Swearing in Modern America' by Rob Chirico

Review by Brian McGackin December 2, 2014
Who the f*** doesn't love cursing?
Bookshots: ‘The Skeleton Road’ by Val McDermid

Bookshots: ‘The Skeleton Road’ by Val McDermid

Review by Dean Fetzer
A skeleton, found on the roof of a crumbling building in Edinburgh, leads DCI Karen Pirie to the Balkan Wars and the lofty heights of Oxford.
Bookshots: 'No Mercy' by Eleanor Learmonth and Jenny Tabakoff

Bookshots: 'No Mercy' by Eleanor Learmonth and Jenny Tabakoff

Review by Cath Murphy
Your ship goes down and you're washed up on a desert island with a bunch of strangers. Will you survive to tell the tale, or end up as the main course when supplies run out?
Making Sense of Brainiac Steven Pinker's New Book on Writing

Making Sense of Brainiac Steven Pinker's New Book on Writing

Review by Taylor Houston November 24, 2014
Eeee!!! A NEW STYLE GUIDE HAS ARRIVED – or has it?
Bookshots: 'The Annotated Mixtape' by Joshua Harmon

Bookshots: 'The Annotated Mixtape' by Joshua Harmon

Review by Stephanie Bonjack
Essays on youth and ennui are preciously crafted and paired with songs that formed the soundtrack of this record collector's past.
Bookshots: 'The End of Days' by Jenny Erpenbeck

Bookshots: 'The End of Days' by Jenny Erpenbeck

Review by Brian McGackin
There are so many ways a girl can die.
'The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure' edited by C.D. Rose

Bookshots: 'The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure' edited by C.D. Rose

Review by Tiffany Turpin Johnson
More a short story collection than a dictionary, this book is an homage to the many ways writers can fail.
Bookshots: 'Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves' by Carolyn Chute

Bookshots: 'Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves' by Carolyn Chute

Review by Dean Fetzer November 5, 2014
Reporter Ivy Morelli is sent to meet a reclusive group known as “the Settlement”, investigating rumors of child slavery, guns and another Waco-in-the-making. What she finds is not what she expects.
Bookshots: 'Miracle Girls' by M.B. Caschetta

Bookshots: 'Miracle Girls' by M.B. Caschetta

Review by Christopher Shultz
Vision-touched Cee-Cee and the war-protesting nuns of Christ's Most Precious Wounds are out to stop the Romeville Snatcher.
Bookshots: 'The Sleepworker' by Cyrille Martinez

Bookshots: 'The Sleepworker' by Cyrille Martinez

Review by Cath Murphy
Any book which features Andy Warhol jerking off in the shower has a place on my shelf.
Bookshots: 'Shark' by Will Self

Bookshots: 'Shark' by Will Self

Review by Ryan Peverly November 4, 2014
Will Self's latest effort will latch on to you and pull you under if you're not careful - and that's a good thing.
Bookshots: 'Excavation: A Memoir' by Wendy C. Ortiz

Bookshots: 'Excavation: A Memoir' by Wendy C. Ortiz

Review by Naturi Thomas-Millard
You know that song by The Police, 'Don't Stand So Close to Me'? Someone should have played it for Wendy C. Ortiz' 8th Grade English teacher.
Bookshots: 'Our Secret Life in the Movies' by Michael McGriff and J.M. Tyree

Bookshots: 'Our Secret Life in the Movies' by Michael McGriff and J.M. Tyree

Review by Ed Sikov
A review of new fiction by Michael McGriff and J.M. Tyree
Bookshots: 'The Last Projector' By David James Keaton

Bookshots: 'The Last Projector' By David James Keaton

Review by Keith Rawson October 30, 2014
Look! Up in the sky! It's a jellyfish! It's a squid! It's a dildo! No, wait, it's David James Keaton's Post-Modern Crime novel, 'The Last Projector'!
Bookshots: 'The Peripheral' by William Gibson

Bookshots: 'The Peripheral' by William Gibson

Review by Max Booth III
As a favor for her brother, Flynne agrees to cover his shift beta testing a new virtual reality game. While deep in the game, Flynne witnesses something nobody expected her to see.
Bookshots: 'Last Winter We Parted' by Fuminori Nakamura

Bookshots: 'Last Winter We Parted' by Fuminori Nakamura

Review by Naturi Thomas-Millard October 21, 2014
When a young writer is assigned to interview a death row inmate, his discoveries could lead to the unravelling of both a macabre mystery and, if he's not careful--his own tenuous grip on sanity.
Bookshots: 'Fat Man and Little Boy' by Mike Meginnis

Bookshots: 'Fat Man and Little Boy' by Mike Meginnis

Review by Cath Murphy October 20, 2014
Concerning litters of piglets, unexplained pregnancies, identical twin movie stars, conjoined infants, Kamikaze pilots, and two bombs turned human.
Bookshots: 'Sex World' by Ron Koertge

Bookshots: 'Sex World' by Ron Koertge

Review by Brian McGackin October 15, 2014
FLASH! A-AH! Savior of the universe! FLASH! A-AH! Fiction for every one of us!
Bookshots: 'Consumed' by David Cronenberg

Bookshots: 'Consumed' by David Cronenberg

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky October 14, 2014
The long awaited literary debut from our favorite body horror auteur.
Bookshots: 'Thrown' by Kerry Howley

Bookshots: 'Thrown' by Kerry Howley

Review by Leah Dearborn
Thrown should be required reading for all literary nonfiction fans.

BookShots: 'Mr. Mercedes' by Stephen King

Column by Richard Thomas
In the first book of a new trilogy, Bill Hodges chases a new killer, one with a taste for mass executions.
The Cutting Room

Bookshots: 'The Cutting Room' edited by Ellen Datlow

Review by Christopher Shultz
Just in time for Halloween, a collection of short, scary tales involving films and filmmaking.
Bookshots: 'Love Me Back' By Merritt Tierce

Bookshots: 'Love Me Back' By Merritt Tierce

Review by Keith Rawson September 17, 2014
Sex, drugs, loneliness, and breadsticks are all fodder for ‘5 Under 35’ honoree Merritt Tierce's debut novel, 'Love Me Back'.
Bookshots: 'The Anatomy of Dreams' by Chloe Benjamin

Bookshots: 'The Anatomy of Dreams' by Chloe Benjamin

Review by Christine J. Schmidt
Chloe Benajmin's novel delves deep into the world of dreams.
Bookshots: 'Broken Monsters' by Lauren Beukes

Bookshots: 'Broken Monsters' by Lauren Beukes

Review by Cath Murphy
Someone's taken that idea about the transformative power of art a tiny bit too literally...