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Author Interview: Barry Connolly

May 30th, 2011
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An interview with the author of the debut novel “The Good Thief”

Book Review: The Good Thief

May 29th, 2011
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A heartfelt novel tells the story of the “Good Thief” who was crucified alongside Jesus at Calvary.

Book Review: Queen of Kings

May 27th, 2011
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Queen of the Nile, Queen of the Damned? “Queen of Kings” teaches a valuable lesson about not judging a book by its killer hook.

Book Review: Spectrum 17

May 24th, 2011
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The latest epic collection of fantasy art in the Spectrum series features hundreds of weird visions (and half a dozen very different trips over the rainbow).

Book Review: Geneaology of the Pagan Gods

May 23rd, 2011
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A massive, lively, entertaining work by Boccaccio that isn’t “The Decameron”

Book Review: Hounded

May 22nd, 2011

A new fantasy series about a sexy druid (two thousand years young) fighting supernatural threats in present-day Arizona.

Book Review: Worlds Made By Words

May 21st, 2011
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New in paperback: a book that illuminates the slightly abstruse joys of scholarship.

Book Review: The Mighty Thor by Walter Simonson

May 16th, 2011
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The fabled Walter Simonson issues of “The Mighty Thor” are finally collected in one massive volume – and they’ve never looked better.

Book Review: Bismarck

May 16th, 2011

An excellent new biography gives us the man behind the so-called Iron Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck

Book Review: Moontusk

May 14th, 2011
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The first volume of a fantasy series set in a richly-imagined world of woolly mammoths and exotic tribesmen.

Book Review: American Masculine

May 11th, 2011

A new collection of short stories is set in an American West that’s masculinely bleak – or is it bleakly masculine?

Book Review: A Taint in the Blood

May 8th, 2011
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The first book in a new vampire series shows all the veteran author’s signature strengths.

Book Review: The Morning Star

May 7th, 2011
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Overlook Press publishes a powerful and disturbing posthumous work by Andre Schwarz-Bart, author of the masterpiece “The Last of the Just”

Book Review: The Life of Polycrates

May 6th, 2011
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An interesting – if problematic – collection of short stories by the author of “Metrophilias”

Now in Paperback: The Annotated Origin

May 5th, 2011

Now published in paperback: a fantastic annotated edition of Charles Darwin’s eternally-relevant bombshell, “On the Origin of Species”

Book Review: She-Wolves

May 2nd, 2011

An immensely enjoyable new book looks at four women who ruled England in the centuries before Queen Elizabeth I.

Review of A Fortunate Age

May 1st, 2011

Steve Donoghue grapples with the initial irritations and eventual pleasures of Joanna Smith Rakoff’s A Fortunate Age: “The process that changes your reaction will be familiar to anyone who’s ever been seduced by New York (a sordid, delectable experience that can happen repeatedly throughout your life – and against which there is no known vaccine).”

Book Review: Faith

May 1st, 2011

In her latest novel, Jennifer Haigh explores the impact of the Boston Catholic Church sex abuse scandal on the lives of one close-knit family.

Book Review: As We Are Sung

May 1st, 2011

There is nothing conventional about Christina Mengert’s new book of poetry, nor can it be read the same way twice.

The Obscure Object of Financial Fiction

May 1st, 2011

How to write a great novel of the financial crisis? One contender has published his attempt, and it features an updated version of that bugbear figure from Shakespeare and Trollope: the Jewish banker.

Grandpapa England

May 1st, 2011
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In The King’s Speech, King George V is depicted as a fanatical tyrant; but his legacy is one of dignified flexibility in the face of revolutionary changes, and his temperament may have helped save the monarchy

Bohemia Rundown

May 1st, 2011

Semiotext(e) is famous for theory and provocation. So what happens when its co-founder takes on the art world in the latest installment of their manifesto series? To begin with, she doesn’t write a manifesto…

When the Sewing Needles Dropped

May 1st, 2011

Anne Roiphe was raised in privilege, educated at Smith, and joined in marriage to a successful playwright; her new memoir reveals how painfully constricting that life came to be.

Pros Take On the Cons

May 1st, 2011

A con man, an ambitious office boy, and two Mormons–it sounds like the set-up to a punch line. But is the joke on Broadway? Our theater critic examines the “why” of musicals, the limits of Harry Potter, and the perfidy of Canada.

Memo to a Colleague

May 1st, 2011

Is Marjorie Garber’s defense of literary studies balm to the beleaguered English professor’s soul? Not yet, anyway.


May 1st, 2011

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On the Scent: The Odorants in Deodorants

May 1st, 2011

Our resident nose sniffs those most populist of perfumes: the ones we rub under our arms. Join her on a guided tour through the pharmacy aisle.

Post-Communist Literature or How to Cure Baldness

May 1st, 2011

Walking talking cats? mysterious birthmarks? ancient secrets? Bogdan Suceava takes us to a strange place (Romania, present day) in his newly translated novel.

Invisible Man

May 1st, 2011
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The omissions in Javier Marías’s beguiling, enigmatic novels are just as important as what appear on the page, and two newly translated books are marked by this juggling of the known and the unknown.

It’s a Mystery: “No person is without a shadow”

May 1st, 2011

Kurt Wallander’s touching swan song shows why his creator Henning Mankell is an acknowledged master of the police procedural.

Bright Sparkling Speeches

May 1st, 2011

Francis Spufford’s new story collection blends fact and fiction to explore the truths and towering delusions of the Soviet economic system–and its production model, the American fast food chain.

Astonish Us

May 1st, 2011
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Pauline Kael is out of print today and perhaps known best for the enemies she made. But any immersion into her passionate, intelligent writing shows her to have been one of the best movie critics–or critic of any kind–of the past century.

As Crazy Quentin Knows

May 1st, 2011

Frame narratives, rags-to-riches angles, gender-swapping, the wages of grief, and …. love. Yes, we’re talking about a video game, specifically Dragon Age 2.

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May 1st, 2011

A conversation with cover artist Julie Schustack about LA, worlds under glass, Frankenstein devices, and building a house just to take it apart.

The Tiger Whelp

May 1st, 2011

Tea Obreht’s “The Tiger’s Wife” is one of the most heralded fiction debuts of the season. Kevin Frazier weighs the switch-ups of its tone against the beauties of its prose.

May 2011 Issue

May 1st, 2011
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“Music Box Toaster” by Julie Schustack