Archive for April, 2010

Talking About the Wow in “Wao”
By April 25, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Talking About the Wow in “Wao”

The members of the Adult Reading Round Table’s literary fiction discussion group met recently to examine the multiple award winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and like the book, the talk was lively and provocative. “This guy is a pathetic wuss,” one reader opined.  “All he cares about is getting laid.”  Another […]

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A Grab Bag of New Writers

A Grab Bag of New Writers

I met with the staff book group at Williamsburg Regional Library yesterday. Our theme was new writers: authors on their first or second book. Melissa started with a couple of young adult novels. Her favorite was Fairy Tale, by Cyn Balog. It’s a story of young lovers, a changeling past, psychics, secrets, and the pending […]

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Reading the Screen: Lehane on the Big Screen (Again)
By April 24, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Lehane on the Big Screen (Again)

So Sam Raimi is making a movie out of Dennis Lehane’s 2008 novel The Given Day. You know Raimi from the Spider-Man movies, the Evil Dead movies, and Darkman, but wait: you think of those as horror or fantasy movies, but all of them feature well-drawn characters and stories that revolve around the characters. Raimi also […]

When the Whistle Blows: A Reprise

When the Whistle Blows: A Reprise

Cindy: Why don’t I immediately listen to Lynn when she really begs me to read a book? She wrote a solo blog for When the Whistle Blows (Philomel, 2009) last October when I hadn’t gotten to it. Everything about the premise spoke to me: stand-alone chapters that build into a cohesive novel, a complex father-son […]

An Early Look at Grisham's Theodore Boone

An Early Look at Grisham's Theodore Boone

Grisham fans, take note: Penguin has released the first chapter of Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, which will publish on May 25. Children’s Books Editor Ilene Cooper will review Grisham’s first foray into children’s literature on Booklist Online on release day, and we’ll also feature her review in the June issue of Booklist.

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Book Trailer Thursday: Vampire Rising (Alex Van Helsing)

Book Trailer Thursday: Vampire Rising (Alex Van Helsing)

Just a quick stab (shrieking violins!) today. Vampire Rising, the first book in the new Alex Van Helsing series, is right in line with what you’d expect from a boy-centric middle-grade update on the famous character: a 14-year-old with a famous surname learns his lineage, a teacher reveals himself to be an operative in a […]

OverDrive iApp

OverDrive iApp

Free audiobooks from the public library? Now iPhone, iTouch, and iPad owners can join the Android, BlackBerry, and Window Mobile users in downloading audiobooks from OverDrive. Here’s more from the official press release: OverDrive, the leading global distributor of audiobooks and eBooks to libraries and retailers, today announced the availability of OverDrive’s free audiobook application […]

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Twainagains Wake
By April 21, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Twainagains Wake

One hundred years ago today, on April 21, 1910, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, world-famous then as he still is by his pen-name, Mark Twain, died. Curiously enough—at least for ponderers of the possibly, if improbably, portentous—in one respect 1910 exactly resembled the year of his birth, 1835. In both years, the comet called Halley’s after the […]

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Would Your Group Go to a Peep Show?

Would Your Group Go to a Peep Show?

A few years ago I picked up a gig reviewing fiction for one of the journals. They were looking for male reviewers to look at books likely to appeal to men. In practice, this means that I’m a go-to guy for books that are violent, sexed up, or barbed with dark humor. It’s an adventure when I […]

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Reading the Screen: An Iron Man For All Seasons
By April 21, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: An Iron Man For All Seasons

Ready? All together now: Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Tony! Happy birthday to you! Tony Stark, better known as Iron Man, debuted in Marvel Comics in March, 1963. Two years later, in April, the man who plays him in the movies, better known as Robert Downey Jr., made his own […]