Fiction

book review

Review: “The Dark Hours”

Connelly, Michael. The Dark HoursLittle, Brown & Company, © 2021Narrated by Titus Welliver, Christine LakinISBN 978-1-549-10763-4 Recommended There’s chaos in Hollywood on New Year’s Eve. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD Detective Renée Ballard seeks shelter at the end of the countdown to wait out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their …

Review: “The Dark Hours” Read More »

Last Week's Links

Literary Links

When Aldous Huxley Opened the Doors of Perception An excerpt from the book American Trip: Set, Setting, and the Psychedelic Experience in the Twentieth Century by Ido Hartogsohn, assistant professor in the Graduate Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Bar Ilan University. To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be …

Literary Links Read More »

stack of books next to open notebook with pen

Hello, National Novel Writing Month!

I don’t write fiction. However, I know that a lot of you who read and review novels also write them. So it’s only right that we all greet NaNoWriMo. Do you participate in NaNoWriMo? If you do, I’ll be reading while you’re writing. For both the readers and the writers, here’s some information on the …

Hello, National Novel Writing Month! Read More »

Last Week's Links

Literary Links

The great book shortage of 2021, explained Those exhortations you’ve heard about ordering holiday gifts early include books. My daughter reminded me just a couple of days ago to get my book requests to her soon. In defence of memoirs – a way to grip our story-shaped lives After studying life stories and their nonfiction …

Literary Links Read More »

Last Week's Links

Literary Links

An Innocent Abroad: Joan Didion’s Midlife Crisis Novelist, short story writer, critic and retired English professor Scott Bradfield grew up in California but had difficulty “[l]earning how to write fictions set in California”: California is filled with so many vivid pleasures, smells, textures, and absurdities of human character that it feels difficult, or even impossible, …

Literary Links Read More »

Last Week's Links

Literary Links

Dread, War and Ambivalence: Literature Since the Towers Fell The events of 9/11 irrevocably changed the course of global affairs. They also changed culture. It will likely be easier to say how a century from now. But with 20 years’ hindsight, The Times’s book critics reflect below on some of the influence of that day …

Literary Links Read More »

book covers: Second Place, A Crime in the Neighborhood, Atonement, Montana 1948, This Tender Land, Ordinary Grace, God Spare the Girls

6 Degrees of Separation: Prize-Worthy Coming-of-Age Novels

This month we start with 2021 Booker Prize nominee, Second Place by Rachel Cusk. Here’s the book description from Goodreads: A woman invites a famed artist to visit the remote coastal region where she lives, in the belief that his vision will penetrate the mystery of her life and landscape. His provocative presence provides the …

6 Degrees of Separation: Prize-Worthy Coming-of-Age Novels Read More »

Last Week's Links

Literary Links

Authors say Texas state museum canceled book event examining slavery’s role in Battle of the Alamo This HAS to be the week’s lead story. A promotional event for a book examining the role slavery played leading up to the Battle of the Alamo that was scheduled at the Bullock Texas State History Museum on Thursday …

Literary Links Read More »

Last Week's Links

Literary Links

THE GREAT RIGHT-WING PUBLISHING DIVIDE WIDENS If you’re still keeping up with the publishing hubbub, here’s another story on the formation of a new publishing company being started by a couple of conservative industry executives, “Louise Burke, a former top publisher at Simon & Schuster, and Kate Hartson, the former editorial director at Hachette Book …

Literary Links Read More »

Last Week's Links

Literary Links

Cyberpunk: Everything You Did (and Maybe Didn’t) Want to Know I don’t know about you, but I have trouble keeping up with the terminology used to describe some of the new kinds of literature. Here Caitlin Hobbs explains that the term cyberpunk, which has its roots in science fiction, “didn’t gain traction as a recognized …

Literary Links Read More »

Scroll to Top
%d bloggers like this: