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Tuesday, 25 June 2019 15:46

Summer reading: Short fiction edition

For some, selecting their summer reading is one of the most important decisions of the season. Choosing what we’re going to read at the beach, at camp or even just on the porch or in a backyard hammock is a significant key to maximizing our simple pleasures quotient.

And so, once again, here are The Maine Edge’s annual summer reading recommendations.

In past years, this story has focused on a variety of different reading options. One summer, the target was suitable book series. Another tackled Maine authors exclusively. Still another allowed me to offer up my own personal recommended reading list. And last year, it was a look back at some of the books you might have missed over the past five years.

In keeping with that commitment to mixing things up, this year’s summer reads story is all about short fiction. The following collections run the gamut in terms of genre and span the breadth of this century and half of the last. Some of the titles and authors will be familiar, while others may have slipped under your radar, but all are capable of fulfilling your summer reading needs.

Happy reading!

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 14:08

The boundaries of forever Zero K'

DeLillo's latest effort a look at the dynamics of immortality

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 14:03

Love and loneliness - 'The Pier Falls'

Collection features wide range of stylistic diversity

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 13:59

After the fire The Map of Bones'

Trilogy's second book another excellent dystopian offering

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 16:05

The sins of the father & Sons'

Novel explores the hidden truths of family and fiction

Tales of fathers and sons have a tendency to be a little overwrought. Family sagas have that built-in sense of melodrama that can sometimes overwhelm otherwise solid storytelling. Finding the line between big feelings and narrative clarity can be hard, but when that balance is struck, the results can be truly remarkable.

'& Sons' (Random House; $27) is one such remarkable result. It is both sweeping and subtle, a grand epic and intimate family portrait all rolled into one. Author David Gilbert offers a look at the consequences of greatness and the toll it can take both on one's family and one's self. 

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 19:08

Mysteries on the moon The Cassandra Project'

Sci-fi novel offers space race conspiracies

What if we went to the moon before we went to the moon? That is, what if Neil Armstrong wasn't the first?

That's the central conceit of 'The Cassandra Project' (ACE, $25.95), a team-up offering from science fiction mainstays Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick.

The year is 2019. Jerry Culpepper is the main spokesperson for a rapidly deteriorating NASA; the government has been increasingly less interested in funding the sort of blue sky science that the Agency does. The Space Age has lost its luster - the shuttle program is shut down, orbiting space stations are considered boring and the logistics of a manned Mars mission remain inscrutable.

Published in Buzz

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