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The Venice Conspiracy

This book could have been far better.


The Twelve: A Novel

“The Passage” had discrete, suspenseful episodes that more or less made sense. “The Twelve” is pure Soggy Middle, the Book that Never Gets Anywhere with the Story of the Girl From Nowhere, a Half-Dead Tale of the Undead.


Bruce

Mr. Springsteen is a great American artist who deserves a great American biography, a book to rival those Peter Guralnick has composed about Elvis Presley. “Bruce” has its nice moments, and it’s far from a disaster, but it’s not that volume.


Back to Blood: A Novel

Back to Blood is as fraudulent as the forged paintings at the centre of its plot, falling victim to the social diseases it pretends to diagnose: gigantism, self-indulgence, superficiality masking as profundity, a hyperactive, hyperbolic acquisitiveness and an endless taste for the crudely obvious.


Back to Blood: A Novel

Nobody else writes like this and it is still an astonishingly extravagant performance in its own way. He’s tireless, it seems. The reader tires, though.


The Hunger Angel

The Hunger Angel began from the conversations Müller had with Oskar Pastior, a poet and labour camp survivor. The serious handling of its subject matter cannot be doubted, nor can its commitment to deranged imagery.
But one wonders if the matter-of-fact prose surrounding Müller’s poetic moments might have been better suited to a biography than a novel.


Fevre Dream

Readers wishing to explore a nearly perfect vampire novel that has more in common with the original vampire novel Dracula than with the sparkly daywalking vampires overcrowding the world would do themselves a great favor and dip into the waters with Fevre Dream. I doubt they’ll put it down until they finish reading it through to the last page.


Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

Applebaum’s description of this remarkable time is everything a good history book should be: brilliantly and comprehensively researched, beautifully and shockingly told, encyclopedic in scope, meticulous in detail.


May We Be Forgiven: A Novel

Homes plays with the substance of the American dream, and gives us a horrific, internet-age deconstruction. In homage to the fast-paced, senselessly violent narratives with which we are increasingly surrounded


Dark Lord: The Early Years

There are lashings of fantasy and adventure but what makes Dark Lord The Teenage Years tick is the humour.


Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small

I definitely recommend "Dancing at the Shame Prom" to women of all ages and in all walks of life. I can guarantee at least one story, if not more, will resonate with you and make you want to share your own confessions.


The Martian War

I enjoyed The Martian War as a scientific romance, though not as much as I did Captain Nemo. It is good entertainment, and typing as a fan of HG Wells’ science fiction, there’s a lot here to like.
Though it’s fun, perhaps it is a secret plot on the part of the Martians in trying to convince me the book’s not totally successful....


Anno Dracula: Dracula Cha Cha Cha

It’s a writer with confidence in his created world, writing with skill.


Throne of the Crescent Moon

If you like your fantasy engaging and character driven, with a nice dollop of action, give this a look, but be aware that it benefits from being read in a single sitting; it takes a while to build up momentum, so make sure you have a day free.


Flight Behavior

With a scientist's attention to detail and a writer's compassion for a diverse array of people, Flight Behavior tracks a young woman whose life morphs and takes flight just as she learns about the very real problems of the world in which she's spread her new wings.


Beluga
Kirkus Reviews : Beluga (October 01, 2012)

Gavin updates the good-old-boy charm of the Smokey and the Bandit movie series but adds some sharp narration by a hero who’s still plenty dumb enough to get into some seriously funny trouble.


Bitter Brew
Kirkus Reviews : Bitter Brew (October 15, 2012)

An engrossing behind-the-scenes look at one of America's most successful and familiar brands.


Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction

A National Enquirer–esque peep show of a book partially redeemed by its underlying mission to cultivate awareness about a little-known method of alcohol detoxification.


My Heart is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa's Mother

A compelling documentary portrait of the real Marmee, whose life provided the impetus for Little Women and who emerges here as a noteworthy woman in her own right.