Wednesday , July 17 2024

Book Reviews

Book Review: Thou Shalt Not Kill Unless Otherwise Instructed

Poetry tends to kindle emotion. At times, the feelings may be as basic as loving or hating the art form itself. But some sort of emotional response is likely the goal of all poetry. As Allen Ginsberg says in No Direction Home, Martin Scorsese’s new documentary on Bob Dylan, “Poetry …

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Book Review: Geeks by Jon Katz

In Geeks, Jon Katz has written a powerful, moving story with two unlikely heroes who call themselves geeks. But as Katz has explained in his writings for, geek isn’t the insult it sometimes seems. In fact some of them consider it a compliment, he said. Most of the fascinating …

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Book Review: In the Shadow of No Towers

Art Spiegelman, the author of the amazing, powerful book Maus gives his reaction to the destruction of the twin towers. Is In the Shadow of No Towers as amazing and brilliant as Maus? No. Is it fair to hold him to that standard? Not really. The book contains&#8212in his cartoon …

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Book Review: The Bookman’s Promise

Dunning, who has won the Nero Wolfe Award, wrote Booked to Die and The Bookman’s Wake. Both were excellent. This new book pales, however, in comparison to the two earlier ones. Dunning owned a Denver bookstore for many years but now does his sales online. I mention this because in …

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Book Review: Why Do Men Have Nipples?

Why do we wonder about questions like this? Why do we buy books that claim to answer questions like this? Why do books like this hit the bestseller lists? We could chalk it all up to innate human curiosity. Or perhaps it is some natural fascination with minutiae and trivia. …

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Book Review: Demolition Angel by Robert Crais

Robert Crais, along with George Pelecanos, Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly, is part of a new generation of crime writers that are sometimes as good as older masters like Robert Parker and Donald Westlake but sometimes miss the mark. The vocabulary and situations in their books are sometimes more modern, …

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