Category Archives: Mystery

North to Alaska: ‘The Yiddish Policemen’s Union’

Nearly everyone knows about the humble and unusual origins of Jesus: the Son of God who comes to Earth as a baby born to a virgin in a barn under dubious circumstances, the carpenter from a backwater town turned Great … Continue reading

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‘River of Gods’: Rajas, Robots and Religion

Where to begin? Ian McDonald’s River of Gods is definitely one of the strangest, most imaginative and most epic books you will ever come across, like a Philip K. Dick novel rewritten by Dostoyevsky. The plot contains myriad twists and … Continue reading

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Cold as Hell: ‘The Terror’

Been a bit slack on the book reviews lately: A combination of holiday hangover and a series of illnesses pulled me out of my flow. Mostly recovered now, though. Since we’re finally well into our winter weather here in Chicago, … Continue reading

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‘Drood’: Horrors Normal and Supernatural

I almost never reread books, because I rarely get anything new out of it. All of the characters, plot points, and themes are picked up in the first go-round, if it’s written well. And if it’s not, well, then I … Continue reading

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