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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:13

The I of the storm - 'Hag-Seed'

Atwood novel an exploration of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'

William Shakespeare is the literary GOAT. Not a particularly controversial take, to be sure, but one in which I strongly believe. The Bard is the best and no one will convince me otherwise.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:42

The mystery of faith - 'The Wonder'

Historical novel taut, thoughtfuland terrific

There will always be those who believe in miracles. So too will there always be skeptics. And sometimes, there are skeptics who are charged with decrying (or verifying) those miracles.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 11:28

Baby on board - 'Nutshell'

McEwan novel features unique narrator

There are few things more disheartening to a reader than a literary device gone wrong. While there's something admirable about trying to write outside the box, the reality is that most of the time, said efforts result in work that is gimmicky or show-offy or overly self-aware. The tricks look like what they are tricks.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 13:34

Repo redux - 'Repo Madness'

Comic mystery driven by quirky characters

Achieving success in one literary genre is difficult enough. There are thousands of writers out there working daily toward goals that only a scant percentage will actually achieve. And of those who achieve their goals and become published novelists, a tiny fraction will find a modicum of fame within the trappings of their chosen style.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:15

Stadiums and sorcery The House of Daniel'

Novel brings together baseball, magic and the Great Depression

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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 11:37

Tuesday Nights in 1980'

Debut novel visits pivotal moment in NYC's art scene

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