Category Archives: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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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No Death? No Dice: ‘The Postmortal’

Drew Magary is one of the funniest writers on the whole damn Internet. NO ONE DENIES THIS. I’ve been reading his stuff on Deadspin for awhile, and when it comes to humor, the guy always delivers. I particularly enjoy the … Continue reading

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Containing Multitudes: ‘The Lost Books of the Odyssey’

When I was in college, I took a course on the Biblical Gospels as history. One of the things we learned about was the existence of dozens of “Gnostic” gospels — other accounts of Jesus’ life that wound up on … Continue reading

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