needs more demons?

irreverent opinions on books

needs more demons? header image 1

Entries Tagged as 'w-author'

Jennifer Weiner: The Guy Not Taken

11 Jan 2016 · No Comments

I liked this short story collection much better than “Good in Bed.”

[Read more →]

Tags: g-title · short stories · w-author

Chuck Wendig: Blackbirds, Mockingbird

26 Dec 2013 · No Comments

The first time Miriam Black touches you, she can see how/when/where you’re going to die. (The death scenes delivered to the reader usually have an ironic or morbidly slapstick component, kinda like the pre-credit sequences of Six Feet Under; seems Miriam rarely touches people who slip away uneventfully.) When we meet Miriam she’s given up [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: b-title · fantasy · m-title · w-author

Chuck Wendig (ed.): Don’t Read This Book

09 Oct 2013 · No Comments

I picked up Don’t Read This Book because it featured a few dark fantasists I like and several more I was curious about. Foremost among the latter was editor Chuck Wending, whose @ChuckWendig twitter account and http://terribleminds.com/ramble/blog/, which jointly offer irreverent entertainment and lean, mean writing advice, have zoomed him to the top of my [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: d-title · fantasy · horror · w-author

Jo Stanley: Bold in Her Breeches: Women Pirates Across the Ages

07 Jan 2013 · No Comments

A history of female pirates faces formidable challenges: career criminals tends to be systematically sensationalized and mythologized, pirates were overwhelmingly from a socio-economic class virtually ignored by traditional historians, and the doings — or even presence — of women is likewise ignored by many historical sources. A handful of female pirates left a verifiable history [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: b-title · c-author · history · m-author · s-author · w-author

Tobias Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim: Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won

07 Jun 2012 · 1 Comment

Ye gods, someone wrote a sports book for me.
Except it’s not, quite, because a lot of it is not specifically about baseball. But there was more than enough baseball to keep me engaged throughout. Moskowitz and Wertheim apply scientific rigor to analyzing why perplexing issues like why teams and managers consistently make suboptimal decisions, [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: baseball · m-author · s-title · w-author

Jess Walter: The Financial Lives of the Poets

07 Jun 2012 · No Comments

After the first couple of chapters I thought I knew what I was in for (and was onboard) — a well-executed, but fairly standard, dark-humored, mildly-delusional-early-21st-century-guy’s-life-in-freefall story along the lines of David Gates or Donald Antrim, but less incisive and less boundary-pushing. You know, the sort of book where complaining about a hard-to-swallow [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: f-title · w-author

Kevin Wilson: The Family Fang

02 Jun 2012 · No Comments

There were a lot of things I really liked about The Family Fang, which is mostly about Annie and Buster, the somewhat damaged children of Caleb and Camille Fang, a pair of notorious conceptual artists.
Somewhere in the middle I was struck by how Wilson’s characters reminded me of filmmaker Wes Anderson’s — I felt like [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: f-title · fiction · w-author

John Warner: The Funny Man

16 Jan 2012 · No Comments

There’s a lot of craft I admire in The Funny Man. Initially, chapters alternate between the titular character’s first-person narration of his manslaughter trial in the present, and third-person narration of the funny man’s career arc. (For a while I was mildly irritated by the funny man’s namelessness, but it’s eventually justified; the novel is [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: f-title · satire · w-author

Patricia C. Wrede: Dealing with Dragons

02 Jan 2012 · No Comments

Dealing with Dragons shares several traits with the fantasies of Dianna Wynne Jones. It assumes familiarity with fairytale conventions and tropes, and reworks and subverts them, with a particular focus on excising sexism and adding subtle metatextual humor. Princess Cimorene is the sort of strong, quick-witted, and self-reliant protagonist who could easily be at home [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: d-title · fantasy · w-author · young adult

Lawrence Watt-Evans: The Final Folly of Captain Dancy and other Pseudo-Historical Fantasies

29 Nov 2011 · No Comments

It’s a bit tricky to describe The Final Folly of Captain Dancy without sounding like I’m damning it with faint praise, so maybe I should say up front that I definitely enjoyed this enough to read more. Watt-Evan’s stories have a bit of an old-school vibe; it’s easy for me to imagine him as a [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: f-title · fantasy · historical · science fiction · w-author