Something to look forward to…

Here’s a book I’m looking forward to reading.  Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow. A novel, it is a fictional account of the lives of the Collyer brothers – two NYC legends that Mark Helprin couldn’t have made up on his best day. Definately start clearing off the bedside table for this one!  Release date:   September 1st. Note:  This will be my first Doctorow … Continue reading Something to look forward to…

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (Redux)

Let’s start with Michael Chabon.  Being a fan of all things Sherlock Holmes, I read “The Final Solution” when it was first released. It’s a slim novella that, in my opinion, tread too much water.  You move from beginning to end at a satisfactory pace with no major plot disappointment or style road bumps to slow you down. But, it was average. Middle of the … Continue reading The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (Redux)

Hmmm….Why do I own this? – Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

I don’t know that much about Kingsley Amis, other than what was in a 2007 article in the New York Review of Books (NYRB Volume 54, Number 9 · May 31, 2007), most of which I have forgotten.  But I own an old, battered copy of Lucky Jim which I apparently paid 90 cents for and never read.  The cover states:  “No one has been … Continue reading Hmmm….Why do I own this? – Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

P&P&Z (a.k.a. – Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith & Jane Austin) is more of a novelty item than a novel – like a rubber chicken or glasses with googly eyeballs.  Those who are expecting Monty Python’s (even Quentin Tarantino’s) version of Jane Austen will be disappointed.  The novel (i.e. – the text) is no longer funny.  The book, as an object, has … Continue reading Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

In Search of Steampunk

Top 10 Unanswered Questions after reading The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes: Who is Barabbas?  What is his past history with Edward Moon ?  Why is he chosen by Love, Love & Love? Who is the Somnambulist? Where did he come from?  Why doesn’t he talk and what’s with the milk? What is he? Who was his predecessor? What the hell happens to him at the … Continue reading In Search of Steampunk