Article Archive for January 2012
The originator of Constructal Theory writes another book expounding his notion that all things flow against resistance, and that everything flowing is alive.
One of Shakespeare’s greatest villains gets a novel of his own – is there creative life after the Bard?
A befuddled widower finds himself suddenly thrust back into the dating game in Hilma Wolitzer’s latest novel
The god of fear comes to Earth intent on stomping all over Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and company
A new fantasy novel from a neglected giant in the genre!
A masterful new biography takes Henry VIII down a peg or two
A brilliant new biography of the great man of the English Renaissance
A daring teen hero must risk everything to save his brother.
An interview with Romance author Christina Brooke!
When it comes to matters of matrimony, Christina Brooke’s Ministry of Marriage will have its way, even if – in her latest novel – it means matching a ravishing beauty with a reluctant beast!
The international hit manga series about the joys of fine wine comes to America in a series of new graphic novels
a gay teen in rural Maine deals with God, lust, and dogs in Robin Reardon’s latest novel
They’ve been debated, debarred, and destroyed over the centuries, but the Apocryphal Gospels are still with us, and in this fantastic new edition, they speak more clearly than ever.
Vernor Vinge’s epic science fiction masterpiece gets a spiffy reprint on its twentieth anniversary!
A new novel (tie-in with the hit TV series) gives us an adventure of the pre-rebellion Spartacus
A lively interview with Carol Carr, author of the ‘India Black’ novels!
The great essayist Edward Hoagland has come out with another collection of his work, one preoccupied with old age and looming mortality – and happiness, and renewal, and forest ponds.
He wrote about the voyage of the Beagle, and then he wrote about the Origin of Species … but many readers don’t recall that Charles Darwin KEPT writing, generating many more books in the two decades left to him.
The living giants of science fiction stretch and subvert the fabric of imagination in the latest instalment of this legendary anthology series.
In Carrie Bebris’ latest Jane Austen homage, the detective duo of Mr. & Mrs. Darcy take a vacation at Lyme, a location the proves scenic, fascinating – and deadly!
High society madam and sometime-spy for the Crown, India Black investigates a threat to the life of Queen Victoria herself in Carol Carr’s latest delightful romp.
In Johanna Lindsey’s latest, the heiress to a distant kingdom returns home to stop a war and promptly falls into tempestuous love with the captain of the palace guard, giving whole new meanings to ‘porous borders’
A noir mystery anthology takes us down the mean streets of … West Brewster?
A new novel tries to infuse life and drama into the mousy, deferential person of Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour
In his latest adventure, (mostly) reformed thief Charlie Howard finds trouble in the much-storied Queen of the Adriatic.
A thrilling re-telling of the famous origin story of the Man of Steel
If anything’s taboo in our society it’s a thoughtful, humanistic portrait of a terrorist, which is why more established writers failed where Jarett Kobek delivers something new.
Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is usually overshadowed by her sisters’ masterpieces, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, but this gripping novel, a startling exposé of Victorian patriarchy, deserves a turn in the spotlight.
Maligned as nothing but handsome breeding stock, this German import did more to redefine the role of the monarchy than any subsequent royal, consort or king.
Though most people don’t understand musical notation or the theory underlying it, nearly all classical music writing relies on it. Today, the initiate has a better option: YouTube.
Boston without Brahmins, like Vienna without Jews, frames shifting capitoline visions, visions much more in the spirit than most realize of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., who actually wrote: ‘It dwarfs the mind to feed it on any localism.’
A conversation with Maureen Thorson, Open Letters’ new poetry editor, founder of NaPoWriMo, and publisher of Big Game Books
Is Don DeLillo’s short game as good as his long? Is it better? His first collection of short fiction — or is it his first? — offers occasion to take the much-lauded writer’s measure.
“I’ve never been terribly attracted to pretty things in general. Pretty and bland seem synonymous to me, and there’s certainly a lot of that in the art world already.” — a conversation with Bill Amundson
P.D. James takes on Jane Austen: a match made in elite whodunit heaven.
James Madison was more cautious and purposeful than the temperamental Hamilton or the effusive Jefferson. Indeed, to paraphrase Brookhiser, Hamilton was a rocket, Jefferson was a kite, Madison was a ballast.
Prince of the Bengali renaissance, internationally feted poet, composer, painter, educator — why don’t we know Rabindranath Tagore today? And will a new book open our eyes?
A new history of China, the year’s reading highlights, who was Terence Rattigan?, who was Horace?, mainstream perfumes!, a new James Bond, new fiction, and the end of the end of A Year with the Windsors
“The Promised Land”
Before the Mayan prophets have the last word, try this month’s Open Letters quiz!