Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Boy Who Could See Demons, by Carolyn Jess-Cooke (2013)

“The Boy Who Could See Demons” is named Alex Connolly. He’s ten-years-old, and lives in a decrepit council house in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His mother, Cindy, has serious problems. She loves Alex, but she can barely take care of herself. … Continue reading

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A to Z Survey: Book Nerdy Goodness in Handy Alphabetical Form :-)

This was designed by Jamie at perpetualpageturner.com  and it’s quite a cool little A to Z book survey. (Thanks to Nova for pointing me that way). And thus, away we go… Author you’ve read the most books from: It’s a … Continue reading

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(Love of) The Last Tycoon, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (this ed. 1995, orig. 1940)

Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s penultimate novel, “Tender is the Night,” saddened me, because it showed a once-great man struggling—and failing—to write a novel worthy of his prodigious talent and storied past. Reading “The Last Tycoon” saddens me, because he found … Continue reading

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Holidays in Hell, by P.J. O’Rourke (1988)

My good friend Amy is an honors student in journalism. She’s about to start her Senior Year as editor-in-chief of her college newspaper. Anyway, something she mentioned in a recent blog post was that she’d left for college, certain that … Continue reading

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Tampa, by Alissa Nutting (2013)

If you have a fourteen-year-old son, you just might want to home-school him after reading Alissa Nutting’s chilling novel, “Tampa.” For it is upon fourteen-year-old boys that Celeste Price preys, and she’s quite good at it. Celeste is a middle-school … Continue reading

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Roads to Berlin, by Cees Nooteboom (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) “Whoever writes a book in a fluid political situation is writing on an icefloe.” In many ways, that’s the most telling line in Dutch author Cees … Continue reading

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 15, “Who Are Your Book Blogging Mentors?”

My book-blogging mentors? Simple: Kelly. Kelly is all the book-blogging mentors I could possibly need, all rolled up into one book-devouring fellow hermit. She has taught me everything I know about book-blogging that I couldn’t figure out for myself. I … Continue reading

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