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Thursday, 07 July 2016 10:01

The peculiar institution in modern times

'Underground Airlines' a compelling, thought-provoking work

One of the dangers inherent to working in the realm of genre fiction is the undeniable appeal of certain tropes. These concepts have become a sort of literary shorthand, a familiar framework on which to hang a narrative.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:47

A shrew renewed - 'Vinegar Girl'

Anne Tyler novel reimagines 'The Taming of the Shrew'

Perhaps no author has ever been interpreted and reinterpreted as often as William Shakespeare. The universality of the tales told by the Bard open the door for a wide variety of different perspectives.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 11:16

Cult of personality - 'The Girls'

Long-awaited debut novel exceeds the hype

When a work of popular art a book, a movie, a television show, an album is subject to massive publicity in advance of its release, it can be nearly impossible for said work to live up to the hype. A bar set too high almost inevitably leads to disappointment.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:32

'Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art'

New book explores cultural evolution by way of the internet

In a world increasingly driven by rapid advancement in technological capabilities, it can be a little weird to exist as one of those people who, by accident of birth, straddles the line between those largely disconnected from the internet world and those who have no concept of a world without it.

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Book offers a look back at some of the era's most enduring films

Nostalgia particularly pop culture nostalgia is a powerful thing. Many of us are bound with an ongoing and eternal affection for the things that we loved during our formative years. Sometimes, that affection is justified; other times, not so much.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 11:17

A frantic and fitting End'

King's trilogy-closing 'End of Watch' a thrilling finale

We're long past the point where we should be surprised by anything Stephen King does.

Published in Buzz

Klosterman book aims to look at the present from a future perspective

Have you ever considered the possibility that we're wrong?

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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:38

Soccer by the numbers Soccermatics'

Book brings together mathematical modeling and sport

One of the things that first drew me into sports fandom was the prevalence of numbers. Professional sports count a lot of things; as a kid with a proclivity for math and a lot of time on his hands, it's no surprise that I would embrace that side of things.

Published in Style

Debut novel a compelling, quality work of literary science fiction

One could argue that we're currently riding a wave of literary science fiction unlike any we've seen before. Genre tropes have been embraced by 'serious' writers in a way that has opened up seemingly endless possibilities and allowed for new ways to ask some of the age-old questions addressed by literature.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:28

Where there's Smoke'

Novel explores a world where sin cannot be hidden

I've long been a proponent of that subset of speculative fiction known as alternate history. There's so much wonderful potential in the notion of exploring the many differences that can spin off from a single fundamental change. And if that change introduces a fantastical element, so much the better.

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