Captives by Todd Hasak-Lowy

I have to admit my interest in the novel Captives by Todd Hasak-Lowy had a lot to do with a desire to see how what has become known as Bush Derangement Syndrome might get played out in a fictional work. Let’s avoid for now, the discussion of whether BDS is an actual phenomenon or simply a creation of the fevered minds of right-wingers.  Put aside the author’s perspective, the emotions and opinions are certainly out there and an active part of culture and politics.  The...

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The Dart League King by Keith Lee Morris

I am not sure what it is, but something about Tin House books grabs my attention; they seem to stand out from many of the other books that come my way.  I enjoyed Salvation by Lucia Nevai and Girl Factory by Jim Krusoe So when I heard about The Dart League King, I figured it was worth my time to check it out. I was right. It turned out to be a compelling read.  Allow the folks at PW to summarize the plot: Morris (The Greyhound God) follows five characters through a handful of hours...

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Boredom

From The Dart League King by Keith Lee Morris: Tristan had begun to grow bored, and he hated boredom more than anything else, probably because it was the state at which he arrived more often than not when he was with other people, because when it came right down to it he didn’t find people all that interesting, as they all seemed more or less to have the same kind of thoughts, perform the same sort of actions, very little variation occurring between the experience he had with one person...

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Castorp by Pawel Huelle

Pawel Huelle‘s latest book, Castorp, can probably be enjoyed on a number of levels.  As it is a prequel to Thomas Mann’s famous novel The Magic Mountain, a familiarity with that novel, Mann’s work, and the literature of the period will give you a deeper appreciation of Huelle’s novel. Or you could just be a curious reader like me who comes to the novel with less background, but who can still appreciate the work and the skill involved. The only Mann novel I have read...

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Castorp by Pawel Huelle

Pawel Huelle‘s latest book, Castorp, can probably be enjoyed on a number of levels.  As it is a prequel to Thomas Mann’s famous novel The Magic Mountain, a familiarity with that novel, Mann’s work, and the literature of the period will give you a deeper appreciation of Huelle’s novel. Or you could just be a curious reader like me who comes to the novel with less background, but who can still appreciate the work and the skill involved. The only Mann novel I have read...

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Christopher Buckley Links

I am a big fan of the whole Buckley family.  Unfortunately, I have been falling behind in my reading of all things Buckley.  It doesn’t help that Christopher cranks out satire faster than I can read it.  His thirteenth novel, Supreme Courtship, has recently been released.  For those interested, here are a couple of useful links: –> Cheryl Miller has an interview/review mix over at Culture11: But what’s fiction and what’s not isn’t really the...

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Christopher Buckley Links

I am a big fan of the whole Buckley family.  Unfortunately, I have been falling behind in my reading of all things Buckley.  It doesn’t help that Christopher cranks out satire faster than I can read it.  His thirteenth novel, Supreme Courtship, has recently been released.  For those interested, here are a couple of useful links: –> Cheryl Miller has an interview/review mix over at Culture11: But what’s fiction and what’s not isn’t really the...

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The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill

Ever have that need to reassert your independence?  To act so that you feel like you aren’t controlled by circumstances even if it isn’t always the smart thing to do? Why all this philosophical questioning?  Well, it has to do with being in the local library and looking for books even though you TBR piles is gigantic and you are behind on your reviews.  Yes, I checked out a book and started reading it immediately because to do otherwise would be to acknowledge that I am the...

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