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Review: Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand

Review: Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand

If you're new here, why not subscribe to our email updates or follow us on Facebook? You can also add us to your Google Reader. Thanks for visiting! Elin Hilderbrand’s Barefoot opens with a scene akin to a drawn-out framing shot in a Steven Spielberg movie: through airport attendant Josh Flynn’s eyes we see three woman disembarking from a plane,...

My former colleague, Proust, and Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant

My former colleague, Proust, and Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant

I once worked with someone who rather reminded me of a tragic pelican. He had this strange, gulping way of speaking, almost as though his words were fish that he was trying to choke down, and these sad, sad eyes that are endemic amongst those employed within the public sector. He would speak at length about his rebellious past working in a library; and at any...

Review: Maine by Courtney Sullivan

Review: Maine by Courtney Sullivan

      My family is one that’s full of strange rifts and cracks: a grandmother who’s sealed herself off from both her own family and her husband’s after being slighted as a young woman; an uncle who will drive three hours to put in an appearance at a family event and then hightail it after he’s finished his first beer;...

Review: Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man by Joseph Heller

Review: Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man by Joseph Heller

  Like many readers probably are, I’m fascinated by recursion: by sentences that can carry on forever through the syntactic links of subordination, and by narratives that fold in and over themselves, a literary homunculus. In particular there’s something about books about books and authors writing about authors that I find utterly compelling....

Review: My Life in Pea Soup by Lisa Nops

Review: My Life in Pea Soup by Lisa Nops

  I’ve never been able to read in a neat, linear manner, working in orderly fashion through whatever is sitting by my bed. Rather, I tend to find that each book I read in some way makes way for some other book, a book that might have been sitting on my shelf for years, or that I might finding myself rushing out to buy. I read a comment yesterday that...

Narrative layers and Barbara Shapiro’s The Art Forger

Narrative layers and Barbara Shapiro’s The Art Forger

I’m here with a public service message: though BA Shapiro’s The Art Forger is being billed as a literary thriller, in all honesty it’s nothing of the sort. Its plot may draw on the 1990 Isabella Gardner Stewart Museum art theft and extrapolate from there, but really it’s about the passion of the creator, the pure love of art itself. And...

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