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Book Reviews

A Good Fall, by Ha Jin

by Jean-Paul Sparta on December 3, 2010

Librarians must hate me. I borrow books on the slightest whim, tattoo them indiscriminately with ink, hang onto them forever and refuse to use a book mark, favoring the “dog ear” method of place-keeping. This latter tendency affords an interesting opportunity for observation, however. For instance, whilst reading Ha Jins collection of short stories A […]


Giveaway: Ralph Fiennes Reads Rudyard Kipling

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on November 24, 2010

There is something special about hearing a piece of writing exactly the way the author intended it to sound. That is not to say that all Englishmen sound the same (even though, admit it, they kind of do), but Ralph Fienne’s renditions of Rudyard Kipling’s most famous stories and tales add whatever the British version […]


Knuckle Supper, by Drew Stepek

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on November 11, 2010

It’s hard to give a book a bad review when the book’s Author Relations Representative flatters you by requesting a pre-release book review. It’s even harder to give a book a bad review when the book comes in the mail with a corresponding swag T-shirt, even if said T-shirt is an XXL and therefore unwearable. […]

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The Monster of Florence, by Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on October 14, 2010

The next time I bitch about the judicial system in my country, I’ll be thankful that I don’t live in Italy. Admitting that is weird: I love Italy, the cuisine, the people, the art, the gorgeous countryside, the history.  I’ve always wanted to have a reason to live and work there, but after reading this book […]


The Immaculata: A Mystery, by Brad Fern

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on October 7, 2010

It’s a pretty chilly day in the Maldives before I say something like “I wonder if it would have helped if he had made the book longer?” But what other criticism can you give a 190-page book that manages to include (but is not limited to): a dead mother, a distant father, a computer-hacker love […]