Criminal, Vol. 1: Coward
Maybe 2 1/2 stars. This was disappointing to me. The dialog was terrible. Does anyone know of a good noir graphic novelist? Maybe something set in 30s...more
Jun 13, 2014
Jun 12, 2014
The Angel Esmeralda
There is no one else like him. I suspect that when they look back at the literature of the late 20th and early 21st centuries DeLillo's name will be a...more
Dec 13, 2011
Dec 11, 2011
The Stepford Wives
Ok, as a stylist he isn't exactly DeLillo but this is a mean, lean little tale, well-served by the (first) movie version. Give him another 1/2 star fo...more
May 02, 2014
Apr 30, 2014
I Married a Dead Man
Darker (of course) than the film version (which was inexplicably called "No Man of Her Own") and a crazy mixture of purple prose and a beautiful terse...more
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Mar 05, 2011
It's A Dad's Life
Handsome magazine full of good writing. I have no idea why this is showing this title when my review is supposed to be for the new issue of Dark Sky M...more
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Oct 20, 2011
2010: Odyssey Two (Space Odyssey, #2)
This was pretty good. Maybe 3 1/2 stars. I didn't like the ending that much. Something in me resists Clarke's explanation of some of the mysteries tha...more
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May 07, 2011
The Sleeping and the Dead: A Mystery
This is my friend Jeff. He is very nice. He is also a very good writer. This is a smart, funny, totally engrossing story which moves along like a soup...more
Jul 2012
Jun 27, 2012
The Graduate
Mike Nichols' fine film of this novel owes a lot to Charles Webb. The dour yet blithe, finely wrought dialogue was lifted pretty much verbatim from th...more
May 10, 2009
May 08, 2009
Quit Monks or Die!
This mystery novel by poet Kumin is deeply satisfying. Its cracker-jack plot is complex but lucidly and expertly laid out. It's not just who done it,...more
Dec 02, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
Big Trouble
If you've seen the movie you probably don't need to read the book. You won't garner any added depth from the novel but it's still a quick funny read.
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Dec 22, 2008
All That Is
This is a novel so generous in intellect and soul that it seems as capacious as life itself. If you haven't treated yourself to Salter's precise and g...more
Mar 05, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square
Surprisingly good. This is the novel Hitchcock based his last great movie, 'Frenzy,' on. The novel differs from the movie in a few major ways but both...more
Aug 15, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
Generation X
I couldn't quite make it to the end of this. It's a tad too clever and snarky and it has no real forward momentum. He does write a nice sentence thoug...more
Dec 23, 2013
Dec 21, 2013
The Best of Dorothy Parker
She was very funny but she wasn't just funny. The stories here are gems, finely observed, eccentrically written with a great ear for dialogue, and hau...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 05, 2009
A Certain Smile
One is tempted to call Sagan "Jean Rhys-lite" (she certainly has her melancholia) but Sagan's novels are also jazzy, kicky and cool.
Dec 10, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
Andrew's Brain
Doctorow is a national treasure. If you have never read him start anywhere. This reminds me of Philip Roth's slim, later novels, a meditation on being...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
The Pearl
This is good, of course, but I think Steinbeck was better in his epic works (East of Eden, Grapes of Wrath) than in his shorter novels.
Jul 13, 2009
Jul 12, 2009
The Anthologist
A delight, a real writer's novel. And right there on page one he pulls me in quickly when he says, “What is poetry? Poetry is prose in slow motion.”
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 23, 2009
Let the Sun Shine in: The Genius of Hair
More like 3 1/2 stars. Not that well organized, with too many digressions (was an explanation of all the drugs used in the 60s necessary?), but Miller...more
Aug 29, 2010
Aug 10, 2010
A Spy in the House of Love
Can one writer write eloquent passages alongside passages of the worst kind of purple prose in one small work of fiction? Apparently.
Mar 13, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
Swimmer in the Secret Sea
Heart-wrenching, a brief private tale told in prose stripped back and elemental, prose that Hemingway would have admired.
Dec 12, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
Mister Sandman
A novel that rolls around in its own eccentricity like a happy dog in high grass. Gowdy loves her oddball characters and the reader cannot help but lo...more
Aug 17, 2009
Aug 13, 2009
The Mystery of 31 New Inn
Like with Conan Doyle the reason to read Freeman is not the central mystery, which here is interesting enough, but the lucid style and convincing atmo...more
Aug 19, 2010
Aug 15, 2010
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)
Wonderfully handled and educational. My daughter loves these two volumes and is insisting I read them before we can watch the movie together.
Feb 08, 2010
Feb 05, 2010
Roadside Picnic
This was quite good. Understated, smart sci-fi. Still one of the rare cases where a good book is made into an even better movie (Tarkovsky's "Stalker"...more
Aug 26, 2012
Aug 23, 2012
The First Quarry
Sexy, brutal and fast paced. What else do you want to know? Probably 3 1/2 stars, an extra 1/2 star for the sheer enjoyment of a quick read.
Dec 25, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
The Magnificent Ambersons
This is very good, of course, but I don't think it's one of the 100 Best American Novels of the 20th century, as Modern Library claimed. Still....Geor...more
Aug 11, 2013
Aug 03, 2013
The Key to Rebecca
This was a disappointment after Eye of the Needle was such a pleasant surprise. Where it was cool and elegantly plotted, this is overheated and melodr...more
Jun 12, 2013
Jun 06, 2013
Judgment at Nuremberg
What's to say. An important document, on a par with the film "Shoah," and the work of Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel.
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 07, 2013
The Widows of Eastwick (Eastwick, #2)
It's a sequel to my least favorite Updike novel. But I liked it so much better than the first Eastwick book. A beautiful meditation on aging, and, oh...more
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Jan 31, 2009