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CollectionsYour library (4,230), Wishlist (1,529), Currently reading (2), To read (14), Read but unowned (79), All collections (5,808)

Reviews259 reviews

Tagsfiction (1,271), novel (826), non-fiction (430), France (188), UK fiction (151), poetry (143), gay (132), series (132), history (127), erotica (92) — see all tags

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About meI'm a voracious reader. I love fiction and non-fiction. I also write fiction, speculative fiction, and book reviews.

I review fiction and non-fiction books at The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (http://www.cclapcenter.com/index.html), The New York Journal of Books (http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/), The Joe Bob Briggs web
site (http://www.joebobbriggs.com/) and my own blog "The Driftless Area Review" (http://driftlessareareview.com/). Follow me on Twitter and/or Like me on Facebook (links below).

I'm also a member of the National Book Critics Circle (bookcritics.org).

To publishers and authors: If you are interested in having me review your book, send a query letter to driftlessareareview @ hotmail . com. I will send you information on where to address the review copy. I will read pretty much anything put in front of me.

Reviewing books via Early Reviewers, the Joe Bob Briggs website, the New York Journal of Books, and CCLaP have exposed me to hidden gems amidst the dross and slag. I've also found rare and forgotten treats on the shelves of used bookstores and places like Goodwill and Savers.

A quick glance of my Library and my reviews should give you a good picture of my tastes, preferences, and interests.

My tastes are pretty scatter shot. I like the Great Writers (Proust, Pynchon, Beckett, etc.) as well as more popular commercial stuff like Andrew Vachss, James Ellroy, and Warhammer 40K novels.

Since my library is large and varied, I've established a short reading queue. This will be a guideline for me to follow and help me prioritize my reading.

Reading queue:

ER = Early Reviewers

FICTION:

*"Spillway/the Antiphone/Nightwood" by Djuna Barnes
*"Europe Central" by William T. Vollmann
*"The Tunnel" by William Gass
*"Life and Fate" by Vasily Grossman
*"A Balcony in the Forest" by Julien Gracq
*"Monsieur Venus" by Rachilde
*"The Confessions of Nat Turner" by William Styron
*"JR" by William Gaddis
*"2666" by Roberto Bolano
*"Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy

NON-FICTION

*"A Taste for Intrigue: the multiple lives of Francois Mitterand," by Philip Short
*"The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy" by David Cannandine

POETRY:

*"The Divine Comedy" by Dante
*"Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Regained" by John Milton
*"Milton a Poem" and "Jerusalem" by William Blake
*"The Faerie Queene" by Edmund Spenser
*"Byrne" by Anthony Burgess
*"Pale Fire" by Vladimir Nabokov
*"The Civil War" by Lucan

MULTIVOLUME:

*"Das Kapital," Volume 3, by Karl Marx (reading now)
*"The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" by Edward Gibbon.
*"The History of Private Life" by Various

About my library"The library represents, maybe with the prison, the last of the uncontested moral universes. The moral goodness of the library is intimately connected to the conceptual value of the book" -- "CONTENT" by Rem Koolhaas

"Eyestone's rooms, like his own dense prose, suggested a point of view: diverse, adorned, amused, premeditated, filled with details, highly inclusive." -- "Laura Warholic" by Alexander Theroux

"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written." -- "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

"But I've developed a great reputation for wisdom by ordering more books than I ever have time to read, and reading more books, by far, than I learned anything useful from, except, of course, that some very tedious gentlemen have written books. ... Thank God for them all, and for that strange interval, which was most of my life, when I read out of loneliness, and when bad company was better than no company. You can love a bad book for its haplessness or pomposity or gall, if you have the starveling appetite for things human, which I hope you will never have." -- "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson.

"He is a bad novelist and a fool. The combination usually makes for great popularity in the US." -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn according to Gore Vidal (1980)

"It is all harmony of artifices, of deliberate contradictions. Let us try to note some of these. Realism and idealism are mingled. Along with description that takes extravagant pleasure in the most dismal details of physical reality there is, at the same time, refined expression of ideas and beliefs that exceed the immediate impression made on us by bodies -- There is a union between of the most profound sensuality with Christian asceticism." -- "Les Contemporains ("Baudelaire")" by Jules Lamaitre

My library is an amalgamation of a lifetime. It's an example of wide-ranging, generalist taste, everything from fiction to non-fiction, pop to High Art and everything in between.

GroupsDalkey Archive, In Translation, Infinite Jesters, Nabokov!, New York Review Books, Proust, Pynchon Pandæmonium, Rare, Old or Offbeat, The Chapel of the Abyss, Used Booksshow all groups

Favorite authorsDan Abnett, Kathy Acker, R. Scott Bakker, J. G. Ballard, Honoré de Balzac, Iain M. Banks, Wayne D. Barlowe, Roland Barthes, Charles Baudelaire, Samuel Beckett, Walter Benjamin, Thomas Bernhard, Sven Birkerts, Roberto Bolaño, Anthony Bourdain, Anthony Burgess, Max Cannon, Robert A. Caro, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Robertson Davies, J. R. "Bob" Dobbs, William O. Douglas, James Ellroy, Jean Genet, William Gibson, Stephen Jay Gould, Robert Hass, Alan Hollinghurst, Robert Hughes, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Henry James, Galway Kinnell, Tony Kushner, Norman Mailer, William Manchester, Karl Marx, Mike Mignola, Vladimir Nabokov, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ovid, Camille Paglia, William Pfaff, Ezra Pound, Marcel Proust, Thomas Pynchon, Monty Python, John Rechy, Kim Stanley Robinson, Salman Rushdie, Marquis de Sade, Severo Sarduy, Simon Schama, Will Self, Jean Shepherd, Gilbert Sorrentino, Preston Sturges, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Alexander Theroux, Hunter S. Thompson, Jim Thompson, Andrew Vachss, Gore Vidal, William T. Vollmann, Evelyn Waugh, Peter Weissman, Joss Whedon, Cintra Wilson (Shared favorites)

Favorite publishersBeacon Press, Delirium Books, McFarland, NYRB Classics, Penguin Australia, Wave Books, Yale University Press, Zone Books

Homepagehttp://driftlessareareview.com/

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LocationRochester, MN

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Member sinceSep 12, 2008

Currently readingCapital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. 3 (Penguin Classics) by Karl Marx
A Taste for Intrigue: The Multiple Lives of François Mitterrand by Philip Short

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The world is a horrible beast. I'm thinking of going vegan ;).
There was a band from Arizona in 80s called "Killer Pussy", and they had a great song - "Tomahawks", I think it was, that had, among other great lines, "why don't you eat a bird, and then just fly away." I forgot where I found that pic, but I spent a bit of time trying to find out its title and its artist - but no luck.
Well, that means I'll have plenty of time to absorb Ada, which is definitely for the best. Reading it in a great hurry would be going against my intuition. It is so intellectually voluptuous that it's even got The Alexandria Quartet beat.

Thanks for the fellow reviewer's congrats.

By the way, I've been researching Chilean literature as an area I am deficient in. You've read some Roberto Bolano. How did he strike you?
Hi again,

I have not forgotten about Ada but February turns out to have been an unusually busy month for me. I've been hired to do book reviews for the website Media Snobs and this has forced me to make some major adjustments to my reading life and to question where exactly I want my blog to go in the next few years - the answer being as far as I can take it. So I've been busy but can now focus on Ada if the discussion is still in your program.
I think the next time I go for David Foster Wallace I'll start small - stories or essays are probably the wise choice (as with Joyce, even though Dubliners was underwhelming).

And Mulligan Stew looks great. I'll have to see about getting a copy.

As for Ada, I hope to start reading it by February.
Bad omen, comparing Ada to Infinite Jest - I only made it through a hundred pages of that one. Turned out not to be a good choice for a "beginner's introduction" to postmodernism. Around the time I started wishing he'd written a straight drug chronicle, I decided it wasn't fair on me or the book to continue and returned it to the shelf. I'm all about reading for pleasure and if I'm not enjoying a book that obviously has merit I walk away, save it for later (The Ambassadors is another one).
There are some people who say that Ada should only be read late in one's exploration of Nabokov, to garner the most impact. I presume I can discount this advice. It sounds like it will compare intriguingly with Mary, being about six times longer and one of the last things he wrote yet taking for its starting point another youthful summertime romance. I'll get a copy as soon as I can. It sounds like a good time could be had discussing it.
I got fed up with the joylessness of the place, every conversation seeming to curve back around to why the modern publishing world sucks. Single-topic groups have a tendency towards real enthusiasm, I've found. But what seems to be missing is a more generalized umbrella group. I'll have to see if one can be set up for people who enjoy reading obscure/unusual literature and who want to discuss such things in-depth. That'll take time to figure out though.

Meanwhile, I'd be perfectly interested in reading any of those books you mentioned (though the only Nabokov I've read is Mary, so Ada might be a shock). I'm particularly keen on the Baron Corvo. How exactly would the discussion work?
Wonderful review of Naked Lunch. Just great. Thanks.
There's a Dylan Moran standup spot that begins: "I don't like to generalize, but women don't have feelings..."

Wonderful.
Do you still have an extra copy of Darconville's Cat? Want to trade for Rites and Symbols of Initiation?
I shelled out a hefty sum and bought a copy of Proxy. Also bought an affordable copy of Selfish, Little. Keep an eye out for my reviews if you are so inclined. I loved Edmund White's Genet biography. It's meticulously detailed yet the narrative is well crafted and engrossing. One of the best biographies I have read. Maybe tops.
Dear "Karl"?

Thank you very much for putting me onto 'cracked.com'.
I now get a regulat email.

Thanks again.

Guido.

Please do not respond to this message, it was automatically generated by my ID and
may or may not be replied to.

I didn't say I liked your review of Manchester, nor did I say I didn't like it. I said that I had read it, and thought you might enjoy Manchester's memoir of the Pacific war. I said "Goodbye, Darkness" would repay your effort in reading it.

It's too bad that copies of "The New Yorker" and "Harper's" don't show up in every American mailbox. America would be a much better place if that were the case. But it isn't and they don't. Instead, we find an awful lot of ambitious writers targeting what one might call a pitifully small group of venues (The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, et al.) and I wish you good luck in your effort. I hope you strike it rich.

Speaking of my own effort, my most prized personal possession is a hand-signed rejection letter from Lewis H. Lapham at "Harper's." Lapham's is the only rejection letter (or note, or card) of many dozens received that I ever bothered to keep. In that sense, you could call me an autograph collector with a very small collection. Lapham remains my all-time favorite editor and essayist. I regard him as the literate Americans' national treasure. When he passes (He's now in his seventies) it will be a long time ere the nation sees his equal.

I have nothing against long reviews, per se. I only feel, as I wrote, that most books aren't worth the effort. When I find one that deserves fulsome praise (rare) or a thorough dismemberment (more common) I will write long. My reviews of Walter Lippmann's "Liberty and the News" and Al Gore's "The Assault on Reason" are two of several examples posted on LT. For the most part, I write between 300 and 1500 words and rarely write less. Besides posting at LT I send my stuff to Midwest Book Review, which shotguns them out into Cyberspace. For the most part, I don't know where my stuff sticks or if it ever does. I post some on my blog at www.deksolomon.net (I'll post yours, too, if I like what you send me). The widest exposure I ever got was when I used to submit at BlogCritics. Too bad, I found their editorial practices odious, and so I quit.

Sometimes I find myself demoralized. I think of Samuel Johnson's exclamation: Sir! No man but an ass ever wrote except for money (or words to that effect). Other times I feel better when I recall that all I have to do is read and write, which are two of my favorite things.

Good luck in your career.

Deke
Read your take of Manchester on Churchill. You should read Manchester's memoir of the Pacific war: "Goodbye, Darkness." It will repay your effort.

My only other comments: 1) I don't feel that most books deserve lengthy review; 2) Long reviews go begging in today's market.
Well I have to say, a North Korean crop report would interest me!

As an admission, back in the 70's I used to go to the local Soviet Union cultural affairs office (they actually had one in our city!) and take away literature on the various official soviet approved authors of the day. Admittedly I treated them in the same way as the pamphlets handed out by the open brethren guy who always stood in the same place on weekdays come rain or shine, I.e. as missives about life in a different world (although not necessarily the world the progenitors of these documents foresaw).

By the way, I've been meaning to compliment you on your web page for some time now...so consider it done.

Dennis.
Thanks for your review of The Flying Creatures of Fra Angelico, it convinced me to Kindle it. My first Tabucchi.

You've also sold me on Genet's Our Lady of the Flowers.

Perhaps in future you could be more downbeat in talking about such books, so I'm not moved to purchase....

Regards.

z.
You have won the ebook, Sloughing Off the Rot. For your free copy, go to Smashwords.com, put Sloughing Off the Rot in your cart, and input the following coupon code: ZF39P.

Also, for a laugh, you might want to check out my website, Lancecarbuncle.com.

Let me know what you think of my book. I hope you enjoy it.

Lance Carbuncle
thanks for the vote of confidence....
Thanks for the pangolin link, dipped into your blogs-good work! So many talented and interesting people, so little time.....

Best, Sam.
Boy did you pick out the right quote from Laura Warholic. I wish I'd noticed it when I was defending the book and caught up in an LT tizzy about it. It completely supports my thesis about Eyestones/(Theroux?). I may have to revise my rating up a star.
Chuckling over your suggestion of Spinrad at the NYRB thread. Publishing that book would be awfully challenging in the Age of Sincerity!
Hello--Just wanted to let you know that we've run out of our first batch of review copies of "Gold Coast Madam" and your copy will ship some time next week. Thanks for your interest and patience in waiting for it. Happy holidays--Lake Claremont Press.
I am long overdue in mentioning that I wrote a review of Lydia Lunch's memoir. I found it entertaining, but after making special note of the tone in her narrative and later watching her recorded backstage spat with Joe Rogan, I feel like I have her number. Take a glance at my review when you are looking to kill fifty eight seconds.
Hi! Your dislike of "Miss MacIntosh, My Darling" caught my eye. Since it is one of my favorite books I tracked you down. And so I saw the note from Seth Kaufman. I hope you will read and review "The King of Pain." I found it worth my while.
Hi kswolf,
Can I send you a review copy of my novel, the King of Pain of a possible review?
If yes, where do I send it and what do I send (paperback or ebook)
Best,
Seth

I'm not sure about A Spy in the Ruins, but I sure liked your review!
I'll definitely do that, Karl. Thanks.

Alex
Two top literary magazines have just published excerpts from my novel-in-progress THE FATHER WHO NEVER YELLED. One excerpt (UV-30 http://carte-blanche.org ) is realistic, robust and sad, the other (Night Swim http://www.thiszine.org/) is surrealistic, sensual and mysterious. Read in tandem, they should give you a solid feel for the new book.

Best,

Alex
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Thank you. I have been to your blog and quite admired it but I also consider you to be a professional reviewer, so that your enjoying my amateur review I take as a great compliment. Much obliged.
Duh, I notice you said "e-book" way after the fact. anna_in_pdx@live.com

Sorry!
“Stylish, but very disconcerting.” I get that all the time. What to do?
Also, I've been thinking about grabbing a copy of Lydia Lunch's Paradoxia. I get a kick out of performance work and from what excerpts I've read of the book, it sounds like one hell of a ride. Thoughts on it?
Your posts in the Chapel are always insightful and/or entertaining.
That does sound like a good companion piece....LMK how it is!
Amy
regarding Robert Littel , his recent The Stalin Epigram is excellent.
LMK how the Estonia book is...looks good!
A follow up on "Steal this Book":

(the famous Library of Congress

reject).

"Steal" is in fact (at least here in

Hawai'i less accessible than I was

expecting. The Statewide Lilbrary

System here has only one copy (the 2nd edition, 1996).

That there has been a 2nd ed. would explain

the near-disappearance of the original ediltion.

I'm assuming the original hasn't reached the

status of being a collector's item-type

"rare book". It's probably as little (or as much)

available as any book of its era.

Libraries tend not to retain the first ediltion

when there has bee a later edition, no

matter how Establishment--approved

are the contents.

Your mention of Hoffman's "Steal this Book" not having

a Library of Congress "reference" interested me.

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by a "referenc e".

Did you mean L C does HAVE the book -- or doesn't

admit to having it.

I'm no expert on L C operations, even

after a 40-year career working in University, pub lic, and

special libraries. But L C is widely

believed to miss NOTHING, in the matter

of U. S. publications.

(Not than any LC approval of

the contents is implied. by their acquisition of

a book.) Their only criterion is supposed

to be that it was published in the U. S.

And that they adhere to this policy is

believed by most librarians. (Also firmly believed

by my wife Leialoha Apo Perkins, who is

a writer, but I'm on the sceptical side, myself)
Just want to ensure this made it onto your 'Rand-ar.'
http://www.thenation.com/blog/163092/revealed-ayn-rands-script-hollywood-movie-g...
I googled MMMD. It sounds interesting? Thanks for mentioning it.
Yo! I see you added Raintree County about the same time I did. Fittingly, I started reading it on the Fourth of July weekend. Put it aside after 300 pages for a couple of weeks, but now I'm almost finished. Interesting book, the way its been forgotten. I stumbled upon it after reading the biography(s) Ross and Tom Two American Tragedies. Have you read it yet? It's worth the effort, but takes a leap of faith.

Peace,
G
Nice review of The Book of Knowledge (and yes, I did read the whole thing at your website).
Hey there. I just read your review for My Business Is to Create. Nice review, though the book doesn't seem to be my bag.

Anyhow, in the first paragraph, third sentence, I think you meant "defies conventional categories" not "defines conventional categories"
Maqroll is more Conrad than Cervantes, but that is not a bad thing. I loved Maqroll. It also put me in mind of Joseph Roth and Roberto Bolano who I happened to read around the same time.
Hi, Karl:

I'll be discussing and dissecting Digging Deeper for a while, beginning March 15, on this thread:

http://www.librarything.com/topic/111978

Hi Karl, I just read your review of Celines "Death on the instalment plan". An excellent review. I read part of the death a couple of years ago and didn't like it. Recently I read the voyage and I liked it very much. So I will have another try at the death. Mostly I read in Dutch, my home language, often in English and sometimes in German. You can look on my page for my favorites. Greetings, Erik
That would be swell, Karl. I was told by the publisher this morning that the book would be available on amazon and other Internet outlets in two to three weeks. I don't know if I'll have a copy in my hands then, but if I do, I will. This is the backcover description:

Digging Deeper begins where the author’s psychedelic memoir, I Think, Therefore Who Am I? ended. In the first chapter, “Rehabilitation,” he reenters a world he once took for granted, and from there takes the reader on a coast-to-coast trip, sardonically observing himself as he presents a slice of the sixties generation negotiating the seventies in discrete, short stories: the compromises implicit in partnership and marriage and the struggle to lead a creative life.
Nice review of the Panter book. Must check it out!
If you didn't get a chance to read it in paperback, The Red Album of Asbury Park Remixed is now up as a podcast on Podiobooks.com Woven into the podcast are the songs of 20 contemporary Asbury Park bands (the legacy of Springsteen) Podiobooks.com is free and hassle free. The direct URL is http://www.podiobooks.com/title/the-red-album-of-asbury-park-remixed/

Best,

Alex
I did like this, very much. Thank you! How do I subscribe to your blog? I couldn't find a Follow button. I'm anxious to read your other reviews. What are you reading next?

I'm hosting an Eastern European Reading Challenge in 2011 at my blog, you might enjoy it. I'm currently swamped in titles related to the Holocaust and Siberia, and at times it can get gloomy. I just finished a wonderful "break", The Ambassador by Bragi Olafsson, which is deep but seriously funny too!

Please let me know how to join your website!

Amy
www.theblacksheepdances.com
Just be sure to leave room for Everything Flows. He has a great section on the four Judas' types of people who set up their family, friends, or neighbors to go to the labour camps rather. It's all most bitter poetry.

Keep me posted, if you don't mind, on your reads. Sounds like you have good taste!
Saw your post...have you read Grossman's Everything Flows? It has everything, so amazing and intense and still meaningful. I had to put it down at times, overcome with emotion. What a writer.
I just came across your blog on the Kissinger White House book on your blog. Good on Kissinger, but what I most like was the way you summarized the Vietnam war. One of the best quick explanations I have read. Thanks.
Dig the recent run on E.M. Cioran. Recently discovered him after reading a claim that he was the prime example a modern Gnostic. [The Gnostics by Jacques Lacarriere] http://www.librarything.com/work/302110
Iron Dream is an interesting book. It effectively challenges (at least it did me when I was a late teen) the idea that the German people were somehow uniquely receptive to ethnic/nationalistic appeals or were especially simple or evil prior to embracing or tolerating Nazism.
Move Eastward, Happy Earth
Lord Alfred Tennyson

Move eastward, happy earth, and leave
Yon orange sunset waning slow:
From fringes of the faded eve,
O, happy planet, eastward go:
Till over thy dark shoulder glow
Thy silver sister world, and rise
To glass herself in dewey eyes
That watch me from the glen below.

Ah, bear me with thee, lightly borne,
Dip forward under starry light,
And move me to my marriage-morn,
And round again to happy night.
Yes, thanks Karl, for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. When I look into who might publish the one I'm completing now, the quality of the book itself is something I'll definitely consider.

I expect no one else will cite Nicholas Pileggi, or Wiseguy, when referring to my book. It's interesting that you recognized the 1967/1968 concentration, of sorts, of the sixties, with the former year that of the dreamers, and hippies, and the latter the political types, with its "high point" the Democratic convention in Chicago. I spent a bit of time on that in the "underappreciated writers" thread.
Mysteries of Algiers shattered me!
Perfect review for Gravity's Rainbow!
Noticed you liked Fight Club, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a disturbed bunch of kids and a bit dark :) I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:

http://christophertusa.com/

Thanks,

Chris
Hi, Proud to join with you!!!!
Inviting some people to the thread I just started. Thought it might be of interest to you.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/66785
Hilarious profile pic! Anything to get the kids to read something good. Now I want to hear Salman sing Holy Diver! Surrounded by his discards: Marianne Wiggins, Padma Lakshmi whoever else, like the girls in the Robert Palmer videos of the 80s.
Ho! Not too surprised. . . but couldn't resist asking!! We were lucky one San Francisco day to see a splendid exhibition of Gorey works.
When/if you move you probably take all with you. . . but if you need to "shed" may I have first dibs on Ed Gorey's "Black Doll"? ~~~ I'll gladly pay postage.
Hello--I noticed your comment on Literary Snobs that you are reading Vollman's Rising up, Rising Down. Do you own the set? I'm asking because it's not available at my library, and it's so expensive on Amazon. I'd like to begin reading it, but am somewhat intimidated by the difficulties of getting my hands on a copy of it, and was wondering how you accomplished that? I read Vollman's Poor People earlier this year, and liked it very much.

Deborah
Thanks a lot for considering me as your friend!!1
Hope ding well

Meet You Sonn
Thanks KS! The damn book took over my life. But more perversely, I now have an urge to immediately reread it. I'm suppressing the urge...but still?
Uh ---- I'm more lurker than anything else at Snobs, and I just finished rereading The Portrait of a Lady. I'd be absolutely entranced to hear what you make of it. I'll check out your wordpress homepage, but if you don't discuss it there, would you take the time to let me know where you do discuss it?
Many thanks,
Peggy
Your collection of erotica is wonderful. That is a genre I need to work on for sure, especially Trocchi.
Thanks for the recommendation of the Warhammer 40K. I purchased Horus Rising by Abnett. Looking forward to reading it.
you might have enjoyed my sister's interview w/ Ms Anne Rice which broke the "news" that Annie was giving up writing vampire stories. Janet's been an AP reporter based in New Orleans since the late 70s, and, of course, Anne Rice is NOleans' wealthiest writer. Private drafts that she sent my way were far snarkier than what AP sent out over the wires when Janet got the "official" story done. Actually more fun has been her coverage of the ongoing battle between Anne Rice and the former owner of Popeye's chicken over Xmas lighting excess perpetrated by the fried chicken tycoon.
Cher has been singing Dandies, Fops, and Swells in my head for over a week now. Thanks so much! ;)
God help you if you share MY gene pool, kid.

But I found it interesting that since I've added more books, different names and collections are popping up--and lo and behold, there you were.

Great minds think alike and all that...
Hey, man, according to LT, we've got 82 books in common! That ain't bad, bro...
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Cliff has read my attempts at fiction, so I should read his stuff. Also, like any blanket generalization, it has its exceptions, like any genre. Right now the market is flooded with urban fantasy and vampire books. A lot of it is dross, but I'm sure there's some good stuff hidden beneath the pop sludge.
A pleasure to know ya, Wolff, glad to accept your offer to be a LT "friend".
You're a fun addition to the gang...
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