Category Archives: Review

‘America’s Final Beginning’ a clumsy, preachy novel written by a beginner

‘America’s Final Beginning’ a clumsy, preachy novel written by a beginner. I offer this review as a good definition of what is commonly known as a “program novel” or a “propaganda novel”: a novel that is written to portray a … Continue reading

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New Material Added to Notes in the Margin

Yesterday I added the following new material: The Sue Grafton Page The Dennis Lehane Page The Minette Walters Page Most of this material is actually “old” notes that I’m just now getting around to posting after moving the site. But … Continue reading

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The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø My rating: 3 of 5 stars Although I did find the story compelling, the beginning of this book really dragged for me. I imagine the slow, drawn-out opening might not be such a problem for … Continue reading

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Scout, Atticus & Boo

Scout, Atticus & Boo – CSMonitor.com: Yvonne Zipp, in Christian Science Monitor, reviews a new book issued to honor the fiftieth anniversary–July 11–of the publication of Harper Lee’s iconic novel To Kill a Mockingbird: “‘Scout, Atticus & Boo’ is a … Continue reading

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Book review: Ron Charles reviews ‘The Lake Shore Limited,’ by Sue Miller

Book review: Ron Charles reviews ‘The Lake Shore Limited,’ by Sue Miller: I didn’t much like Sue Miller’s first novel, The Good Mother. “But what did she EXPECT would happen?” I kept asking myself. “What was she thinking?” As a … Continue reading

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Book Review – ‘Get Real,’ by Donald E. Westlake

Book Review – ‘Get Real,’ by Donald E. Westlake – Review – NYTimes.com: The New York Times offers a review of Donald Westlake’s final novel: After watching a bare-chested dentist trekking through the jungle by torchlight to shake a spear … Continue reading

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Waterston gives insider’s view of L.M. Montgomery

Nova Scotia News – TheChronicleHerald.ca: In Nova Scotia’s The Chronicle Herald, Judith Meyrick reviews Magic Island: The Fictions of L. M. Montgomery by Elizabeth Waterston. Montgomery was the author of Anne of Green Gables and several subsequent best-selling novels. Montgomery … Continue reading

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In ‘Bright Shiny Morning,’ James Frey Presents Little Pieces of Los Angeles in His Way

In ‘Bright Shiny Morning,’ James Frey Presents Little Pieces of Los Angeles in His Way – New York Times New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin writes about James Frey’s new novel: He got a second act. He got another chance. … Continue reading

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