Monthly Archives: April 2010

Robert J. Sawyer: Wait

I am not a huge science fiction fan, although I used to read a lot of it as a kid. Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ursula Le Guin, Frank Herbert, Richard Matheson. But those people didn’t write especially … Continue reading

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That Effing Flowers

I have to wonder why John Sanford called his latest Virgil Flowers novel Rough Country (Penguin Audio, 2009). I’m a bit fuzzy on Minnesota geography and the Eagle’s Nest lodge (site of the murder of ad executive Erica McDill, which … Continue reading

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Breaking News! Jack Reacher acquires a cell phone!

So, this might not be so much a review of Lee Child’s Gone Tomorrow (Random House Audio, 2009) as perhaps some random observations, no pun intended. I mean, by now the plot of a typical Jack Reacher novel is relatively … Continue reading

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Not quite so wild about Harry (this time)

I’ve listened to most of the Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly, and I remember enjoying them at the time. The problem is, I don’t remember them all that well. It’s not just Connelly’s books, either. All these plots and … Continue reading

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Village of the Domed

As one of the latest in a long list of narratives in the “reversion to savagery in the face of annihilation/apocalypse” genre, Under the Dome (2009, Simon & Schuster Audio) by Stephen King asks the question, “How long would it … Continue reading

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James Lee Burke rains…er, reigns!

First: a disclaimer: I confess to liking James Lee Burke’s work very much. Second: another perhaps irrelevant fact — James Lee Burke is the only author whose books I have never actually read, but have only listened to. I haven’t … Continue reading

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Brad Meltzer doesn’t nail it in The Book of Lies

So, let’s see if I have this right:  The comic book hero, Superman, has some connection with Cain, survivor of history’s (loosely defined) First Sibling Rivalry. Well, that’s some serious high-concept stuff. Higher than those tall buildings Superman was able … Continue reading

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One run, a few hits, some errors

I’m not exactly sure when professional killers began to be treated more sympathetically as fictional characters. And I’m even less certain why. Obviously, their line of work is morally reprehensible. Assassins have traditionally been frowned upon as role models, right? … Continue reading

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Reacher vs. Preacher

At or near the top of the Mt. Everest that is my pile of guilty listening pleasures sits Jack Reacher, hero of twelve novels about the same character by the English writer Lee Child. Jack Reacher is one-dimensional and improbable, … Continue reading

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