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its extreme explicitness and perversity could have placed Cronenberg under arrest in many countries, including our own, less than a century ago. How- ever, there is no point amid his particular mutant strain of influences that Shakespeare or Ballard didn’t already assert individually with greater point or passion, in response to their own lives and times. Meanwhile, our world, as it exists today outside this novel, has itself become more competitively Cronenbergian; what Cronenberg once boldly imag- ined in films with genuine perversity and individual- ity, now need only be mentioned as part of a litany of Carl Zeiss lenses, sexted selfies and replicas of sexual organs transmitted by 3D printer—which, if it counts as a debit, must also be counted as his success. Nevertheless, as a result, CONSUMED reads—or rather, accumulates—like something personal and organic yet severed from its own nerve endings. We read on, all the way to the end, not unlike a locally anesthetized patient left conscious to chart our own surgical procedure— intellectually alert, sometimes fascinated, but largely without feeling.


STAR TREK FAQ / STAR TREK FAQ 2.0 By Mark Clark 2012/2013,


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413 pp./421 pp., Softcover, $19.99/$22.99


HORROR FILMS FAQ By John Muir


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DOCTOR WHO FAQ By Dave Thompson


2013, 338 pp., Softcover, $22.99 Reviewed by John-Paul Checkett


A book series entitled “FAQ” that promises to deliver “all that’s left to know” about the various pop-cultural phenomena it examines would natu- rally lead readers to expect both a standardized “Q&A” format, and content designed to supplement the knowledge of an already reasonably well-in- formed fan. Surprisingly, the volumes that comprise


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