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Entries from Dec 2007

Lindsey Davis: The Iron Hand of Mars

07 Dec 2007 · No Comments

Don’t worry, I’m not going to write about every single volume of Davis’ Marcus Didius Falco series. But this one is interesting because it both is and isn’t a major departure from the preceding 3 novels.
The basic ingredients are the same: historical fiction, hardboiled whodunnit, comedy of manners, political intrigue, and romance. But the proportions [...]

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Tags: d-author · historical · i-title · mystery

Mario Acevedo: The Nymphos of Rocky Flats

01 Dec 2007 · No Comments

Several months ago, my eye was caught by an ad for the sequel to this vampire P.I. novel, X-rated Bloodsuckers. I thought it looked like trashy fun and I liked the implicit conceit of juxtaposing literal consumption of humans with the legendarily exploitive adult entertainment industry. When I looked up Acevedo’s name in the library [...]

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Tags: a-author · fantasy · n-title · suspense

Diana Peterfreund: Under the Rose: An Ivy League Novel

01 Dec 2007 · No Comments

I was a little hard on Secret Society Girl, so I’m happy to report that Under the Rose addresses both major defects I complained of in the first novel: less heavy-handed telegraphing of evolving plot points, no deus ex machina.
Amy Haskel’s breezy narrative voice is if anything even more assured, and the novel was [...]

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Tags: mystery · p-author · u-title · young adult