Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Gordon Lish Praises Care Giver!

The novel I've just recently reviewed and praised now has the maestro, Gordon Lish himself, in its corner!

"I'm sold. I'm so sold I read this book four times before--trembling, trembling--sitting myself down to write this comment. You want to know what the business of the mind is going to be as the body declines into its notorious bankruptcy? Like this, like Care Giver, like the stuff in the braided sentences that constitute the telling of Blanchard's true story. Oh, and the person in the pic on page six?--that's the object of desire for you, perfect and, of course, lost, yet never the least lost."

We're not kidding, folks. This is some kind of wonderful. Please...go pre-order before release on 20 May!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Yuck ick bleurgh

Medical misery tour. Most of today lost to medicine's side effects. Yuck! There have never been any unmixed blessings in my world, so I shouldn't be surprised....

Saturday, April 27, 2013

New Advance Review Post for 27 April 2013

I love getting the Livingston Press catalog. They publish things I want to read. I ask for ARCs of everything, pretty much anyway, and almost without fail enjoy the heck out of reading them.

No failure here. A short novel, illustrated with snapshots of calming simplicity, about the ever-more-important topic of dementia and its depredations. This time, we experience the loss from within, and the author is unsparing while never resorting to sentimentality to soften velvet blows.

CARE GIVER in Literary Fiction & Story Collections

Friday, April 26, 2013

A day without a new posted review!

Sad, but true. I was working on a review of a book that I found myself floundering around trying to explain my reaction to, and realized that meant I didn't understand it. So I'll have to look it over again and see what I failed to see the first time. Failing that, I'll have a better shot at explaining my response being so wibbley-wobbley timey-wimey. (Whovians will get it.)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review Posted for 25 April 2013 (the Pink Full Moon)

A CARRION DEATH in Mystery Series

The first Detective Kubu mystery by Michael Stanley, it's set in Botswana. He makes it sound like a beautiful place to be murdered, and Kubu will catch the killer!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Okay, I lied. Review!

COOKING WITH FERNET BRANCA in Literary Fiction & Story Collections

I was reminded of this review by a stray comment, and I loved the book so much I decided to tart up the review and post it here. I so so wish someone would go get John Barrowman by the sleeve and gently but firmly make him understand that a movie of this book starring his beautiful self would be dynamite!

No Review Posted 24 April 2013

The book I planned to review was so horrible that I don't even want to mention it, and the one I had as a back-up was pretty dire, too. So disappointing. I always WANT to love the books I pick up, and each one starts out with five shiny, hopeful stars. Bitter, rank disappointment was my lot today.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Review Posted on 23 April 2013

THE FABRIC OF REALITY is an excellent explanation of the reasons a Multiverse replaces a theistic Universe. In Science, Dinosaurs & Environmental Issues

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Monday, April 22, 2013

No Reviews for 22 April 2013

After two-plus years of no gout medication, and several very very painful flare-ups, I have spent every last dime I possess at the doc-in-a-box and the pharmacy...but I have meds! Just in time.

But I'm worn out and can't manage to do much of anything, sorry.

Fresh Review for 21 April 2013

I've finally put up my review of THE DOG STARS in Literary Fiction and Story Collections.

So near and yet so far.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Fresh Review for 20 April 2013!

I finished this last night and had to think. And cry. And think some more. But here it is:

CRAPALACHIA: A Biography of a Place in Literary Fiction & Story Collections

Outstanding memoir of a rural upbringing in a part of the country I know little about. Scott McClanahan can write!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

New Review Extra for 19 April 2013

My book circle meets on Monday to discuss THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT by Sloan Wilson. It's sixty years old, more or less, and still extremely timely.

Read it.

ETA But DON'T watch the movie! What a complete bore. Gregory Peck was awful as Tom Rath!

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Today's Reviews Posted for 19 April 2013

I've moved five more reviews, fixing them up a bit in the process:

DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC in Politics & Social Issues

A TREASURY OF REGRETS in Mystery Series

THE SISTERS BROTHERS in Literary Fiction & Story Collections

THE MONTY HALL PROBLEM in Science, Dinosaurs & Environmental Issues

LONDON'S OVERTHROW in Kindle Originals

Current events make saying anything more too painful.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

New Reviews Posted for 18 April 2013

RIVER OF GODS in Bizarro, Fantasy & SF it's a big gulp, but the swallow is superb

DESOLATION ROAD in Bizarro, Fantasy & SF after 25 years, it's still about the best Mars-colonization story there is

BETTER LIVING THROUGH PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES in Literary Fiction & Story Collections is a very mixed bag, some stories are excellent...but winning the Giller Prize?

THE LAST REFUGE in Mystery Series introduces very noirish hero Sam Acquillo, reluctant amateur detective in the Hamptons...hey, he drives a '67 Grand Prix and I'm supposed to not read these? Fuhgeddabouddit

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Today's Review Posts for 17 April 2013

LAZARUS IS DEAD in Literary Fiction & Story Collections

HOUSEKEEPING vs THE DIRT in Books About Books, Authors & Biblioholism

PALACE OF JUSTICE in Mystery Series

Quality stuff one and all! Come and look.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Today's Review Posts for 16 April 2013

It's an all-science Tuesday. Five memorable science/environmental issues titles:

THE VIEW FROM LAZY POINT well, let's say it gets better from here

WICKED PLANTS I may never stop scratching!

THE BIG NECESSITY time we stopped squirming and started talking about sewerage issues

THE LOST CITY OF Z adventure, discovery, death!!

HOW TO BUILD AN ANDROID the chronicle of the loss of PKD's head. Even odder than it sounds

Stop by and see what takes your fancy!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Today's Review Posts for 15 April 2013

It's Monday, so I figured I'd do my least favorite of the genres: YOUNG ADULT ewww ickickick.

So moving and fixing and tarting up eight of my YA reviews, I was surprised to find more positive ratings than negative ones. Good writing is good writing, no matter where it's shelved.

Here are today's smorgasbord nibbles:

SHINE blech

THE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS the original, not the bastard Disney nonsense

THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF OCTAVIAN NOTHING, TRAITOR TO THE NATION both volumes, The Pox Party and The Kingdom of the Waves, are superior to much of the adult writing in historical fiction

TELL THE WOLVES I'M HOME ~meh~

COMET IN MOOMINLAND timeless delight

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND there *is* hope for the future!

THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING simply excellent luminous and transcendant

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Today's Review Posts for 14 April 2013

Sunday's theme is "Hillbilly Noir," a term for rural-set unflinching social-issues fiction that I like a lot. The South, the Midwest, the Appalachians, Maine...wherever there's poverty, there's a fertile ground for noir-themed writing to explain the world. It seems to me that it's the only explanation, most times.

Everything is in Literary Fiction & Story Collections.

KNOCKEMSTIFF

THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME

AMERICAN SALVAGE

ONCE UPON A RIVER

CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER

SWAMPLANDIA!

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Today's Review Posts for 13 April 2013

It's All-Mystery Saturday!

THE TERRA-COTTA DOG (Inspector Montalbano #2)

A FATAL GRACE (Chief Inspector Gamache #2)

MURDER IN THE RUE CHARTRES (Chanse MacLeod #3)

REASONABLE DOUBTS (Guido Guerrieri #3)

THIRTY-THREE TEETH (Dr. Siri Paiboun #2)

And the one misfit review: SUPERZELDA: The Graphic Life of Zelda Fitzgerald in Poetry, Classics & Other Boring Stuff

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Today's Review Posts for 12 April 2013

KILLED AT THE WHIM OF A HAT in Mystery Series

WHISPERS IN DUST AND BONE in Literary Fiction & Short Story Collections

HEALING AT THE SPEED OF SOUND in Science, Dinosaurs & Environmental Issues

THE OTHER WES MOORE: One Name, Two Fates in Politics & Social Issues

FIRST DAY ON EARTH in Young Adult Books

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

New Reviews Posted on 11 April 2013

HOW TO BE ALONE in Poetry, Classics & Other Boring Stuff

ISLANDS OF INSTABILITY in Thrillers & True Crime

11/22//63 in Bizarro, Fantasy & SF

THE YELLOW BIRDS in Literary Fiction & Short Story Collections

THE GILDED DINOSAUR in Science, Dinosaurs & Environmental Issues

HELLO SUNSHINE *shudder* and two other poetry collections in Poetry, Classics & Other Boring Stuff

So my fingers are sore and my brain is on overload. A good day's work!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Reviews Posted for 10 April 2013

MASQUERADE in Kindle Originals

A WALK IN THE DARK (Guido Guerrieri #2) in Mystery Series

A GENTLE MADNESS: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books in Books About Books & Biblioholism

VOLT: Stories in Literary Fiction & Short Story Collections

NEW AMSTERDAM in Bizarro, Fantasy & SF

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Today's Review Posts for 9 April 2013

MORE BATHS, LESS TAKING in Politics & Social Issues

MURDER IN THE RUE ST. ANN in GLBTQ (Chanse MacLeod #2)

WICKED BUGS in Science, Dinosaurs & Environmental Issues

THE PALACE OF ILLUSION in Literary Fiction & Short Story Collections

STILL LIFE (Chief Inspector Gamache #1) in Mystery Series

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Today's Review Posts for 8 April 2013

ZEITOUN in Politics & Social Issues

THE BIG SLEEP in Mystery Series

FLOWER CONFIDENTIAL in Science, Dinosaurs & Environmental Issues

THE GALAXIE AND OTHER RIDES in Literary Fiction & Short Story Collections

TALL TALES WITH SHORT COCKS Volume 1 in Bizarro, Fantasy & SF

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Today's Review Posts for 7 April 2013

FIGHT SONG in Literature & Short Story Collections (also at Shelf Inflicted, a group blog)

PREDATOR NATION: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America in Politics and Social Issues

MURDER IN THE RUE DAUPHINE in GLBTQ

THE ROAD in Bizarro, Fantasy & SF

THE CORONER'S LUNCH in Mystery Series (also at Shelf Inflicted), a group blog

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Today's Review Posts for 6 April 2013

DEFENDING JACOB in Thrillers & True Crime (also at Shelf Inflicted, a group blog)

THE OBAMA HATE MACHINE: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President--And Who's Behind Them in Politics & Social Issues

GAME OF PATIENCE in Mystery Series

DOGFIGHTERS (Under the Hill #2) in GLBTQ and Kindle Originals

THE SONG OF ACHILLES in Literary Fiction & Short Story Collections

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Today's Review Posts for 5 April 2013

FOOL ME TWICE: Fighting the Assault on Science in America on the Science, Dinosaurs & Environmental Issues page (also at Shelf Inflicted, a group book blog)

BOMBER'S MOON (Under the Hill #1) on the Kindle Originals and GLBTQ pages

THE SHAPE OF WATER (Inspector Montalbano #1) on the Mystery Series page

FOR YOU, MADAM LENIN on the Literary Fiction & Short Story Collections page

BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity on the Politics and Social Issues page (also at Shelf Inflicted, a group book blog)

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