Alibi V.13 No.43 • Oct 21-27, 2004 

Speed Reader

To the Stars

Galaxy Press

He might be the inventor of one of the world's lamest pseudo-religions, Scientology, but at least L. Ron Hubbard can boast that he created some of the finest sci-fi of the 20th century. Aficionados claim that To the Stars—which was originally published in 1950 in the pulp zine Astounding Science Fiction and has just been released for the first time in book form—is one of Hubbard's best.

Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?

Riverhead Books

Once again the world's most voluminous defender of Western literature dives headfirst into the canon to explain why Homer, Plato, Cervantes, Shakespeare and the rest of that select fraternity matter. Bloom knows better than anyone how to make this kind of argument riveting.

Janet and Me

Simon and Schuster

Cartoonist Stan Mack has created a moving and improbably hilarious memoir of his love affair with Janet Bode, detailing her horrific battle with breast cancer. An unflinching illustrated look at the misery of watching a loved one die.

Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer

Free Press

Gary Ridgeway murdered over 49 young women, terrorizing the Seattle area for over two decades. Ann Rule followed the case since the early '80s and has transformed her research into this darkly fascinating true crime account of the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history.