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In memory of Gary Carson

In early March poker author Gary Carson passed away.  I didn’t know him personally, but his impact on my thinking about how I approached the game of poker was profound.  I’m very sad to learn that he’ll never write another brilliant poker book.  To adequately explain to a non-poker player …

Need a new book?

Looking for a new zombie book?   Something about how people survive the fall of the entire electric power grid due to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP)?  Head on over to my post-apocalyptic wiki www.BooksOfDoom.com.

Mark Clodi, Zombie Innovator

As many of you know, I'll pretty much read anything that falls into the post-apocalytpic genre.  Destroy the world by fire, flood, famine, or other natural disaster and I'll buy it. Zombies are a fascinating subset of that for me.  I read pretty much every zombified thing I can get …

Are you reading for free?

What i I told you that you could read several of the finalists for the 2007 Science Fiction Nebula awards for free online?  You’d be pretty damn happy, I suspect. I am. You might want to bookmark the website or its RSS feed, as they seem to recently be posting …

2020 Visions: Our dystopian future

The future of America could be this bad.  Antibiotic resistant drugs, a new class system based upon money and access to a hypo-allergenic bubble, a black market economy where everything is for sale, severe limitations on "extremist speech", and unchecked violence.  Our society is descending into anarchy and you’ve got …

DMZ #2: Body Of A Journalist

And by now you’ve noticed that the second trade paperback about a modern day civil war in the US is out.  The series, called "DMZ", is about a reporter’s assistant who gets stuck in Manhattan, which has become a modern-day demilitarized zone when a red state militia and the US …

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

I know you’re not surprised to see that I’m reviewing a book in the zombie genre, you already know my love of the shambling undead.  What you probably don’t know is just how good this book is, and how I really think you should read it even if you only …

Gambling books and 7 card stud.

Just in time for this year’s World Series Of Poker, James Swain has a couple of new gambling pulp books out. deadman’s poker and deadman’s bluff are another pair of books about casino cheating consultant Tony Valentine’s attempts to catch criminals cheating the World Poker Showdown, a thinly veiled reference …