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Entries from Sep 2013

Shannon Hale: Austenland

07 Sep 2013 · No Comments

The titular Austenland is like Channel 4’s Regency House Party historical/reality TV re-imagined as an upscale vacation experience: a handful of wealthy women hie themselves to “Pembrook Park,” a country house where they indulge in a properly reserved and G-rated flirtation with actors playing the part of Regency gentlemen. Hale makes a lot of extremely [...]

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Gina X Grant: The Reluctant Reaper

07 Sep 2013 · No Comments

The Reluctant Reaper is an urban fantasy drawing on Dante’s Inferno with plot and setting elements not entirely dissimilar to similarly inspired works by the likes of Piers Anthony and Amber Benson. Grant’s style is is short on description and long on puns, as this early paragraph demonstrates:
Leaping up, I threw myself against the far [...]

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Piper Kerman: Orange is the New Black

07 Sep 2013 · No Comments

I’m usually a book-is-better kinda guy, but I found that reading the real Piper Kerman’s account of her incarceration while watching the fictional Piper Chapman’s experience in the Netflix show inspired by the book heightened my enjoyment of both. On the one hand, the book provides the “okay, how much of this really happened?” solidity [...]

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Tags: autobiography · k-author · o-title

Mick Farren: The Quest of the DNA Cowboys, Synaptic Manhunt

07 Sep 2013 · No Comments

Farren’s “DNA Cowboys” trilogy had been on my to-read list for a long time, and I finally decided to give it a go. It’s a simultaneous homage to and send up of Burroughs-style “planetary romance,” raunchier, more overtly parodic, and much less structured than Philip José Farmer’s “World of Tiers” novels, but not entirely dissimilar. [...]

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