Thursday, June 19 2003
The act of family building is central in this book, whether it involves one's relationship with parents or trying to conceive a child with a turkey baster.
Tuesday, June 10 2003
This is a consummately chosen selection of powerful poems, rewarding to read, and remaining in the reader's mind long after the book has been put down.
Schiefelbein does not overdraw the story, keeping the narrative short, not over-dealing the fantastic elements or giving us pat and simplistic answers to the questions it poses.
If the way things work in Washington are truly as Mr. Hillerman describes them, the book, although fiction, will surely make many readers want to just vote out the whole group of politicians and bureaucrats and start over.
A charming little fairytale about love in the modern world, told with a poetic, old-fashioned voice, which manages to capture and allure throughout its sparsely filled 74 pages.
It's a rippling current through a sordid world encased by fear, politics and familial bonds.
Readers will be hard-pressed to find any sort of narrative, character development, or style in Heche's muddle of self-discovery.
Tuesday, June 3 2003
There's the triumvirate of violence, sex, and drugs but, ultimately, very little for the reader to get high about.
For starters, forget that Margaret Atwood is known as a novelist.
Gee, remember when being 'anti-war' was considered a good thing? Or at least not tantamount to treason? Remember when being questioning, critical, or even contemptuous of authority was not only accepted, it was a part of the American character?"
Wardle plays games with rhyme, resting content with near- or para-rhyme.
For readers who enjoy a good legal story or suspense tale.
Wednesday, May 21 2003
Men want permanent monogamous marriages but apparently they act like jerks and behave as if they don't.
Poker Nation by Andy Bellin and Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Ser
A word of warning to the reader: do not expect a book solely about poker.
Reading the novel, one senses that Uphadyay's mastery lies in his simple writing style.
Our state of ignorance, blissful or otherwise, is anything but a laughing matter these days.
Wednesday, May 14 2003
A meticulous book as dense and pummeling as the music it chronicles.
These stories vibrate with the darker sides of civilization and the animal within, proving there is something valuable here beyond the prurient.
Copus is above all a poet of enquiry and careful scrutiny, using conceits of almost metaphysical intensity to trigger the reader's curiosity.
While it makes for good reading loaded with great description, it can definitely been seen as biased, and therefore non-credible.