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Entries from Oct 2010

Chaz Brenchley: Blood Waters

27 Oct 2010 · No Comments

I learned of Blood Waters from Bryan Talbot’s fascinating graphic novel* Alice in Sunderland. I was hopelessly intrigued by the book’s genesis: Brenchley produced it in the role of “crimewriter-in-residence on the St Peter’s Riverside Sculpture Project in Sunderland, 1993-94.”
The 10 stories in Blood Waters nominally seem like they ought to fit among the [...]

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Tags: b-author · b-title · fiction

BikeSnobNYC: Bike Snob – Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling

27 Oct 2010 · No Comments

I wasn’t familiar with the Bike Snob NYC blog before reading this book, but they share a breezy, sardonic style. Readers of the blog will probably appreciate the book (and vice versa). As the pseudonym implies, the snob is fiercely opinionated. I imagine most cyclists will find themselves thinking “heck, yeah!” and “no, you moron!” [...]

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Doug Dorst: The Surf Guru

24 Oct 2010 · 1 Comment

I usually read single-author short story anthologies interspersed with other fiction because reading too many short stories back-to-back tends to emphasize the commalities of the stories to their detriment. That wasn’t the case with The Surf Guru; I read this book slowly because I wanted to draw it out.
The Surf Guru’s range is impressive, [...]

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Tags: d-author · fiction · s-title

Gary Shteyngart – Super Sad True Love Story

19 Oct 2010 · 2 Comments

Super Sad True Love Story reminded me in bits and pieces of several other near future satire/dystopias (all of which I thought were more successful), among them Wallace’s infinite Jest and Hal Hartley’s film The Girl from Monday, but most of all David Marusek’s Counting Heads. Marusek’s book is much more science fiction-y and action-oriented, [...]

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Tags: s-author · s-title · satire · science fiction

Adam Rex: Fat Vampire

05 Oct 2010 · No Comments

Adam Rex’s Fat Vampire is sly and slippery. Its title stakes a claim to the glamorous vampire backlash (along with Catherine Jinks’ The Reformed Vampire Support Group, perhaps). Doug expects becoming a vampire to make him happy, but it leaves him chubby, not well liked, and still tormented by unrequited crushes. Beyond that, Fat Vampire [...]

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Tags: f-title · r-author · young adult

Mary Roach: Packing for Mars – The Curious Science of Life in the Void

02 Oct 2010 · No Comments

I enjoyed Packing for Mars a lot, and it made me guffaw and snort repeatedly — but it’s the first of Roach’s books that make me feel like her approach is in danger of becoming a schtick.
Packing for Mars devotes a chapter apiece to several aspects of the ticklish business of getting human beings [...]

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Tags: p-title · r-author · science