Ryan Michael Williams is a writer and librarian. His reviews have also appeared in The Quarterly Conversation, Rain Taxi, and ForeWord. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and blogs at http://goodreadings.wordpress.com.
Thursday, September 17 2009
Vollmann attempts to capture the lives of his subjects as fully as possible -- it is better by far to listen to the voices and stories of outcasts, eccentrics, poor people, and the powerless.
Tuesday, May 12 2009
With tremendous enthusiasm for his humble subject, Reader recaps the historical usefulness of the potato, but adds little to overall understanding of the impact the potato has had on labor and society.
Thursday, April 30 2009
At her best, Cain does a remarkable job of precisely evoking the way her characters feel as they give themselves over to the experience of some small, mundane mystery.
Sunday, April 12 2009
For all its abundant sexual frankness, the novel’s primary focus is not on the erotic, but on the scatological.
Wednesday, April 8 2009
Neither book fully transcends the level of genre exercise, and both lose steam once the limits of Lennon’s formal concerns become apparent.
Monday, December 1 2008
2666: A Novel - Roberto Bolano and Natasha Wimmer - Farrar, Straus and Giroux [$30.00]