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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.

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Vampire Thrall by Michael Schiefelbein

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.

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10 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman

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.

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The Man with the Dancing Eyes by Sophie Dahl

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.

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Due Preparations for the Plague by Janette Turner Hospital

It's a rippling current through a sordid world encased by fear, politics and familial bonds.

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10 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Call Me Crazy by Anne Heche

Readers will be hard-pressed to find any sort of narrative, character development, or style in Heche's muddle of self-discovery.

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3 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Twelve by Nick McDonell

There's the triumvirate of violence, sex, and drugs but, ultimately, very little for the reader to get high about.

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3 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

For starters, forget that Margaret Atwood is known as a novelist.

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Kingdom of Fear:  Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Centur

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?"

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3 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Fields Away by Sarah Wardle

Wardle plays games with rhyme, resting content with near- or para-rhyme.

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3 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Dead Ringer by Lisa Scottoline

For readers who enjoy a good legal story or suspense tale.

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Why Men Won’t Commit: Getting What You Both Want Without Playing Games by George Weinberg, PhD

Men want permanent monogamous marriages but apparently they act like jerks and behave as if they don't.

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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.

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21 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Guru of Love by Samrat Uphadyay

Reading the novel, one senses that Uphadyay's mastery lies in his simple writing style.

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Don’t Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned

Our state of ignorance, blissful or otherwise, is anything but a laughing matter these days.

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Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal by Ian Christe

A meticulous book as dense and pummeling as the music it chronicles.

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Roughed Up by Simon Sheppard and M. Christian

These stories vibrate with the darker sides of civilization and the animal within, proving there is something valuable here beyond the prurient.

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In Defence of Adultery by Julia Copus

Copus is above all a poet of enquiry and careful scrutiny, using conceits of almost metaphysical intensity to trigger the reader's curiosity.

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City of Secrets: The Truth Behind the Murders at the Vatican by John Follain

While it makes for good reading loaded with great description, it can definitely been seen as biased, and therefore non-credible.

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The Organ Donor by Matthew Warner

Warner takes his research and formulates a riveting story, a horror thriller fit for the most ardent fan of the genre. It's about harvesting organs and executing political prisoners according to a waiting (and cash carrying) recipient's need.

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