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Archived Since:April 27, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Katherine Addison, The Goblin Emperor

The door opened with savage abruptness, and Setheris stood in the opening, glaring. "Well? What chews on thy tail, boy?" "Cousin," Maia said, almost whispering, "what must I do?" "What must thou do?" Setheris snorted laughter. "Thou must be emperor, boy. Show More Summary

Mary Rickert, The Memory Garden

They eat the candy bars, gummy worms, and chocolate chip cookies by candlelight, talking awkwardly about the change of weather, Bay's school projects, the news from town, stopping in midsentence and midchew to listen to a car slow in front of the house, its occupants shouting something unintelligible, before speeding down the road. Show More Summary

Joanna Rakoff, My Salinger Year

For a moment, I paused in front of the wall of Salinger books and looked at the titles, the familiar spines. My parents owned most of these: paperbacks of The Catcher in the Rye and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour – an Introduction; a pristine hardback of Franny and Zooey. Show More Summary

Do works hated in adolescence improve with age?

I was thinking the other day of three books that I read between 16-23 that I really despised at the time of reading them. These books, listed below, were either high school Honors English assignments or was a book picked up because of frequent discussions in passing in college. Show More Summary

Ian Cameron Esslemont, Assail

Stop me if you've heard this before: a powerful character, presumed dead for several books, is found revived somehow, yet largely bereft of his memories. Or how about this: after hundreds of millennia, a long-presumed dead member ofShow More Summary

Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World

But I must back up and circle around. I am writing this because I don't trust time. I, Harriet Burden, also known as Harry to my old friends and select new friends, am sixty-two, not ancient, but well on my way to THE END, and I have...Show More Summary

Women in Translation Month

Over at her blog, the blogger Biblibio is coordinating an effort to get more online critics/reviewers to discuss works in translation (the language of transference being up to each individual to determine) written by women. It is a very...Show More Summary

Lev Grossman, The Magician's Land

He stood there for a long time, feeling the cool roughness of the stone rim. It was reassuringly solid. The fountain was his last connection to his old life, the one where he'd been a king in a magical land. He didn't want it to be over; it wouldn't really be over till he let go and walked away. Show More Summary

Joyce Carol Oates, Carthage

In Carthage, there are some people who do not "support" the war – the wars. But they support our troops, they make that clear. Daddy has always made that clear. Daddy respects you. Daddy is just awkward now, he doesn't know how to talk to you but that's how some men are. Show More Summary

July 2014 Reads

Averaged exactly one book a day for the month of July, as I completed 31 books. Most of these, unlike other months, were in English, as I concentrated on reviewing as many 2014 releases as I could manage. 20 of the 31 have already been...Show More Summary

J.R.R. Tolkien, Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary

Lo! the glory of the kings of the people of the Spear-Danes in days of old we have heard tell, how those princes did deeds of valour. Oft Scyld Scefing robbed the hosts of foemen, many peoples, of the seats where they drank their mead,...Show More Summary

A continued exercise in translation: more from Roberto Arlt's "The Little Hunchback"

Below is the part that I translated last year, followed by the first draft of the next half-page. I will be editing this for smoothness this weekend, followed by more pages: The diverse and exaggerated rumors spread as the result of the behavior that I observed in the company of Rigoletto, the hunchback, in Mrs. Show More Summary

Simon Ings, Wolves

Falling in love with a person is hard. Falling in love with a world is easy. Confusing the two loves is easier still. I spend the day wandering round the house in mourning for it all. Mandy's kitchen. Mandy's underwear. Mandy's pillows and shoes. Show More Summary

Adam Sternbergh, Shovel Ready

I kill men. I kill women because I don't discriminate. I don't kill children because that's a different kind of psycho. I do it for money. Sometimes for other forms of payment. But always for the same reason. Because someone asked me to. Show More Summary

Finally resumed working on a long-delayed translation project

Just a brief note: I am planning on devoting some time in the coming weeks to completing a translation project of a story collection that I believe is now in public domain. When I finish the first story and have revised it, I'll check and see about posting here. Show More Summary

Andrés Neuman, Talking to Ourselves

Yesterday I didn't feel so good, I tried to take a nap, then your mum came back, I had a bad night, bah, we both did, I've been thinking a lot lately about when she and I met, it's amazing to think we might have lived different lives,...Show More Summary

Here are a few more books I plan on reviewing this coming week

Managed to get most of this past week's planned reviews written (the two I didn't, I'll try to review Sunday), with another added to the mix. This coming week, I'd like to review most, if not all, of the following (not in planned review...Show More Summary

Scott Cheshire, High as the Horses' Bridles

But first they sit. They face the empty stage, awaiting the opening song and prayer, the first speaker of the day to take the stage. Not just any stage beneath any painted sky. Up there, you'll find no less than the heavens of Venice. Show More Summary

Can Xue, The Last Lover

Joe heard this chatter and found the man disagreeable. He picked up his book to read again. He couldn't understand its contents, and even the characters' names had changed. The plot seemed to speak of a serving cook avenging herself on her unfaithful lover. Show More Summary

2014 Booker Prize longlist announced

This year, American writers were eligible for consideration for the first time and four were selected to the 2014 shortlist (Ferris, Fowler, Hustvedt, Powers). Don't know much about these books yet, but I shall...soon. The Fowler I read last year and plan on reviewing it later this year and I already had the Mitchell pre-ordered. Show More Summary

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