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A pleasurable if weird stroll through familiar grounds, vampire lite.

The Body Politic

An inherently character-driven tale, beautifully written, and a fine example of a long, strange trip. Note: pro-Trumpers would be well advised not to pick this up.


Overly ambitious and interesting in concept but flawed in execution; the sum of the parts far exceeds the whole

Against the Wind

The writing is brilliant and economical, especially about the environment, and there’s all sorts of information here for the taking, but essentially this is a novel of character. And a very good one. Unbelievably, this is a first novel from an author with a PhD in physics from Harvard. One can hope there will be many more

Read Me

For hardened veteran fans of this subgenre.


King of the Mississippi

In the end, some readers might feel that the concept exceeds the execution. But the Wharton/Fink bonding is worth the ride. For fans of literary fiction.


The Ghost Clause

Thoughtful, elegiac, a good book to read by the fireside with a snifter of bourbon. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]

Big Bang

Bowman's posthumous novel is a masterpiece, certainly long but never tedious because of the rapid focus changes. For full effect, however, readers will need better than a passing knowledge of the political and social climate of the Fifties. [See Prepub Alert, 7/19/18.]


This work is clever but not as hilarious as advertised. The writing is fluid and stylish, and though a slow start might lose many readers, the pace does accelerate. Has Lipsyte (The Fun Parts) written a tonic for our times? Maybe. [See Prepub Alert, 7/16/18.]

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