Book Reviews

Book Review: ‘Transit,’ By Rachel Cusk : NPR

Book Review: ‘Transit,’ By Rachel Cusk : NPR

Transit, the second installment of Rachel Cusk’s cumulatively affecting post-divorce trilogy that began with Outline, is a reading journey you wish didn’t have to end — so it’s a good thing there’s a third volume on the itinerary. This isn’t to say these subdued, meandering novels are a joyride, at[Read More…]

by January 18, 2017 Book Reviews
A Couple Health & Fitness Recommendations

A Couple Health & Fitness Recommendations

If you carry any Health & Fitness books, here are a couple worth carrying. Starting Strength a ‘Must-Own’ For Any Weightlifter There’s a reason that everyone recommends Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength to any beginner looking to better themselves in the weight room — it’s one of the premiere entry-level books[Read More…]

by November 11, 2013 Book Reviews
BeListed to DeListed

BeListed to DeListed

by Jas Faulkner  I have never been a fan of “best of” lists.  It’s not the subjectivity that gets me.   They always seemed so narrow.  The old sci-fi list books and the current crop of internet sites that are completely devoted to lists  seemed blinkered somehow, whether it was[Read More…]

by October 14, 2013 Book Reviews, Books & Mags, Publishing
The Dead Ringer–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Dead Ringer–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Dead Ringer—Fredric Brown–1948–IP I thought since my last post was about collecting side show/carny books, that I’d give the synopsis of one of the 100 best mysteries, as carnys are its theme. Fredric Brown was a prolific writer. He wrote not only crime fiction, but science fiction as well,[Read More…]

How Important Is Zealot?

How Important Is Zealot?

editorial by Jas Faulkner Reza Aslan’s besting of Lauren Green last week has been the talk of the internet.  At first blush, it seemed like an instance of religion-baiting.  Ms. Green could not get past the idea that a Muslim would want to write about Christianity’s central figure.  Her affect[Read More…]

The Affair at Royalties–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Affair at Royalties–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Affair At Royalties-George Baxt–1971-OOP I must be honest. I’ve no memory whatsoever of this book–what I mean is, I’ve no remembrance of the plot, characters or setting. The reason–I read it as a teen, and was struck enough by the story to carry around George Baxt’s name in my[Read More…]

After Life–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

After Life–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

After Life—Rhian Ellis–2000-available “First I had to get the body into the boat. This was more than ten years ago, and I’ve forgotten some of what came before and after, but that night and the following day I remember in extravagant detail.” I was hooked immediately from those first lines.[Read More…]

The Doorbell Rang–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Doorbell Rang–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Doorbell Rang—Rex Stout–1966 There are a gazillion Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin novels that are superb. I chose The Doorbell Rang because of its audacious subject and the ending, which I will not be revealing. I’m not alone in loving this particular title. It’s on the list provided[Read More…]