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message 1: by Diane (new)

Diane Barnes I read this book a gew months ago and really liked it. Southern gothic with a twist.


message 2: by Melki (new)

Melki I'm not going to read your review til I finish the book, but oh how I love your "recommended for:"!!!


message 3: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Wonderful, wonderful review, Mike.


message 4: by Miriam (new)

Miriam But I love cozy English mysteries AND Flannery O'Connor!
Some parts of your review definitely brought The Violent Bear It Away to mind.


message 5: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Stunning review, this sounds good.


message 6: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten I've got a signed copy setting on the shelf waiting for me to open the pages. I'll need to get to this soon. Great Review Mike.


message 7: by Megan (new)

Megan Fantastic review, this sounds like a book that needs to be added to my list of books to read.


message 8: by Autumn (new)

Autumn This will have to be added to the growing to-read list! Wonderful review!


message 9: by Josh (new)

Josh I plan on reading this soon as part of the Pulp Fiction February 2012 group read. Looking forward to it.


message 10: by Maggie (new)

Maggie this sounds really good


message 11: by Shovelmonkey1 (new)

Shovelmonkey1 Excellent review.


message 12: by Mike (new)

Mike Maggie wrote: "this sounds really good"

Oh, it is. Don't miss this one.


message 13: by Mike (new)

Mike Shovelmonkey1 wrote: "Excellent review."

Many thanks to my most favorite Monkey.


message 14: by Mike (new)

Mike Autumn wrote: "This will have to be added to the growing to-read list! Wonderful review!"

Thanks so much, Autumn. As I often joke, a stack of unread books is the key to immortality. I appreciate your accepting my friendship request.


message 15: by Mike (new)

Mike Josh wrote: "I plan on reading this soon as part of the Pulp Fiction February 2012 group read. Looking forward to it."

Josh, I'll be looking forward to the Pulp Fiction discussions. This was a great choice for this month's read. Thanks for reading and commenting.


message 16: by Mike (new)

Mike Megan wrote: "Fantastic review, this sounds like a book that needs to be added to my list of books to read."

By all means add it! It's not for the gentle reader. Be prepared for the dark, the dreary, and the bleak. Pollock is so good at it.


message 17: by Mike (new)

Mike Jeffrey wrote: "I've got a signed copy setting on the shelf waiting for me to open the pages. I'll need to get to this soon. Great Review Mike."

Jeff, I "scored" a signed copy on eBay. It was shipped in a plain envelope, media mail. It appears a group of evil dwarves took their picks and mattocks to it. I attempted to assist the seller with advice on shipping a signed first print. She "thanked" me for my negative feedback--which happened to have been NEUTRAL. I could have really let fly. But, so it goes. I'm in Oxford, Miss. today. Will be checking with Richard, the owner of Square Books to see if he has signed copies of "Knockemstiff" and this one squirreled away. Keeping my fingers crossed.


message 18: by Mike (new)

Mike Stephen wrote: "Wonderful, wonderful review, Mike."

Wonderful, wonderful thanks, Stephen. I appreciate your time in reading and commenting. Always on the lookout for your latest reviews.


message 19: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia It's nice to know he's still good. I absolutely loved his first book of short stories.


message 20: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Mike wrote: "Jeffrey wrote: "I've got a signed copy setting on the shelf waiting for me to open the pages. I'll need to get to this soon. Great Review Mike."

Jeff, I "scored" a signed copy on eBay. It was s..."

Yeah I have learned the hard way about booksellers and amateur book people mailing books in envelopes. Books, especially collectible books, must be shipped in a box. I've, of late, been asking that books be shipped in a box and sometimes they refuse. They are trying to save a few cents on shipping. Good luck Mike I hope you can score some nice copies.


message 21: by Daniel (new)

Daniel You have, once again, moved me with one of your reviews. Thank you.


message 22: by Mike (new)

Mike Many thanks for your kind words, Daniel. I am often guilty of interjecting personal experience into my interpretation of a book. I do so on the theory of Samuel Johnson: "A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it."


message 23: by Daniel (new)

Daniel I find your approach refreshing: praise and critique on their own do not a humanistic perspective make.


TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez Good grief! It is dark. I'm one who likes English cozies and Flannery O'Connor, too. Great review, Mike.


message 25: by Mikela (new)

Mikela This book was on my TBR shelf but since reading your review have moved it up.


message 26: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Although I am not a fan of gothic fiction, I did appreciate your review, Mike!


message 27: by Mohammed (last edited Mar 19, 2012 08:50AM) (new)

Mohammed Great review, seeing as i just finished the novel i agree completly. I should read more country american authors of this type in noir or other types of lit.


message 28: by Mike (new)

Mike Mikela wrote: "This book was on my TBR shelf but since reading your review have moved it up."

I'll look forward to your reaction following your read. Thanks for your comment.
Mike


message 29: by Mike (new)

Mike Mohammed wrote: "Great review, seeing as i just finished the novel i agree completly. I should read more country american authors of this type in noir or other types of lit."

Mohammed, I'll read anything Pollock writes. I do hope he's in the works on his next novel or anthology. Thanks for the comment.
Mike


message 30: by Mike (new)

Mike Barbara wrote: "Although I am not a fan of gothic fiction, I did appreciate your review, Mike!"

Barbara, This is without a doubt one of the darkest novels I've ever read. Thanks for your comment. But I don't recommend it for "gentle" readers. The sense of evil is palpable in this one.

Mike


message 31: by Mike (new)

Mike G wrote: "Good grief! It is dark. I'm one who likes English cozies and Flannery O'Connor, too. Great review, Mike."

Ms. G, you may move this one far to the right of Flannery O'Connor. Pollock leaves nothing to the imagination. Consider this one "A Good Man is Hard to Find" in 3-D.

Mike


message 32: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Copley-Lindsey Great Mike! I am getting this one too! Can't wait to get my little eyeballs into it!!! Wow!!! Dawn


message 33: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette I will give it a try, Mike. I like Tom Franklin and J. Lansdale- and can take the type of uncomfortable although it's not really a genre I seek. But I do know the flat eyes. I've seen a few in my day during the riots in Chicago. And I was very lucky. Many were not.


message 34: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette Yes, I forgot. I do like some English cozies too, because they are so different than much of my life has been, I think.


message 35: by John (new)

John it's on hold at the library. what an excellent review. Mike we're gonna have to bring you to Prescott for a drink at the local brewery. We have a town square, ash tree lined, the courthouse is the one that Barry Goldwater announced his presidential candidacy way back when. US Representative Sam Steiger was arrested for painting a crosswalk to get from the courthouse across the street to Whiskey Row. We got color too


message 36: by Mike (new)

Mike John wrote: "it's on hold at the library. what an excellent review. Mike we're gonna have to bring you to Prescott for a drink at the local brewery. We have a town square, ash tree lined, the courthouse is th..."

Thanks much, John. I've enjoyed visiting with Trail Members when on the road. Don't be surprised if your Alabama friend shows up in Prescott. I enjoy local breweries. They're a treat. Love the Steiger story. You definitely have local color, too. My former sister-in-law was a Goldwater Girl way back when. There's a lot of truth to opposites attracting. I have a history of falling for Republicans. It makes for interesting conversation. *laughing*


message 37: by Mike (new)

Mike Jeanette wrote: "I will give it a try, Mike. I like Tom Franklin and J. Lansdale- and can take the type of uncomfortable although it's not really a genre I seek. But I do know the flat eyes. I've seen a few in my d..."

I have to say this one's rough. It probably surpasses anything that I have read in its degree of violence. That includes Franklin and McCarthy and William Gay.

The writing is excellent. Pollock is an interesting character himself. He has come far. I'm wondering when we'll see his next work published.


message 38: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette It was too joyless for me.


message 39: by Mike (new)

Mike Jeanette wrote: "It was too joyless for me."

Many readers have had the same reaction. It is a very dark read. About the only thing that tops this in violence is Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy, which Harold Bloom described as the most disturbing book he had ever read.


message 40: by Sue (new)

Sue What an excellent review, Mike, but I think it may be a bit too much for me. I can read my occasional crime/mystery novel that has violence...like Kellerman or Sandford...but the most literary ones I find even more disturbing and hard to take. I guess it's the quality of the writing.


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