In the opening pages of S. Y.
“A cautionary tale of mining life for one’s art. And of giving one’s fantasies too much free rein.”
“Jere Krakoff, a lawyer, proffers a delightful satire with biting comedy and colorful characters.”
Judge Steifel frowned as he looked disdainfully at the jurors.
“I don’t need to jump off cliffs into oceans to die, because every day there is a little death waiting for me. All I have to do is wake up and walk out the front door.”
Michael Tolkin is a great writer, and his grasp of satire is excellent. He is known for The Player and his scathing send ups of Hollywood culture.
A curious word comes to mind in describing Margaret Atwood’s new novel Hag-Seed.
That word is effective.
Yuge!, Garry Trudeau’s new compilation of strips from the juggernaut that is Doonesbury, is ideal for those who feel that they have not, over the past few months, gotten their fil
Break in Case of Emergency reads like a novelization of a movie that hasn’t been made yet, but is that a bad thing?
Were you planning to place a loved one in a retirement home sometime soon?
Don’t do it. Send them to prison instead!
“rollicking good ride.”
If readers ever wished Mike Rowe would create a comic out of Dirty Jobs then this is the book for them. In fact, the cover character of JB rather looks like Mike Rowe.
“a warm and slyly funny look at small towns and romance . . .”
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits is not for everyone.
Optimist Libby Miller’s life takes an unimaginable terrifying turn. On the very day she learns she has a life-threatening illness, her husband, Tom, reveals a marriage-ending secret.
Margaret Atwood has the uncanny ability to create works of literature that read like topographical maps with big red arrows that announce, “You are here.” or at least, “By the time you read this yo
“the most self-absorbed and offensive character you’ll meet . . . so why is he so appealing?”
“With his story of a chant that transforms a decrepit man, Mr. Rodari grants us the possibility that words can also alter a world gone awry—at least in fairy tales.”
“The Mere Future reads like a modernized Candide by Voltaire crossed with Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
If a typical plot structure is and then, and then, and then, Jennifer Close’s plot in Girls in White Dresses might be described as and again, and again, and again, and again.
“The Family Fang is the sort of perfectly idiosyncratic thing that comes along only ever so often. . . . This book should succeed spectacularly. . . .
“Perhaps Land that I Love would have succeeded in another vehicle. As a graphic novel, one can see its over-the-top explanations and absurd characters working quite well.
“All of these fascinating experiences and relationships described in Loose Diamonds . . .
It takes supreme confidence in one’s ability to put on the cover: “The book everyone is talking about.” Not to mention Dirk Vandereyken is shown sticking out his tongue in his author photo.