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The End of an Era

“[I]n the world of letters, it is hard to imagine a more seismic change than this one.” The New York Times announces that its longtime book critic Michiko Kakutani is stepping down after nearly four decades of reviews. The Times also...Show More Summary

Shorties (Essential Michiko Kakutani Reading, An Interview with Gillian Welch, and more)

The New York Times shared a collection of reviews and essays by Michiko Kakutani, who is stepping down for her post as a book reviewer. Stereogum interviewed singer-songwriter Gillian Welch. The JDO Show podcast interviewed author Elle Nash. Aldous Harding...

Book Reviews: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

I have read quite a few books that fall into the ‘hard work triumphs intelligence’ camp, such as ‘Peak’ by Anders Ericsson, ‘Talent is overrated‘ by Geoff Colvin and ‘Outliers‘ by Malcolm Gladwell. And I am more than sympathetic to that viewpoint, however I have always believed in a  more nuanced [...] Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)

“Terrorism’s true face has been masked at the expense of a fine police force…”

5 hours agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Interesting and provocative piece from William Matchett, who’s recent book on the RUC has been getting rave reviews, at least on the Unionist side of the fence. He doesn’t like to pull his punches: The Troubles were due to a failure in politics, not a failure in security. No nationalist, or unionist, party is blameless. more...

2017 Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off Giveaway Part IX (by M. D. Presley)

All good things must come to an end, and we’re going out with a bang on this, our last giveaway before the massive Grand Prize. Four lucky winners will get this great selection made up of four of Fantasy Book Review’s biggest bruisers including a misguided savior, a goddess’ influence, a new partnership and a new take on Merlin. Show More Summary

The Kakutani booked-out at The New York Times

Michiko Kakutani has been reviewing books at The New York Times since 1983 (!), and has long surely been the most influential daily-newspaper reviewer in the United States (not that most people could name very many (any ?) others...),...Show More Summary

Wesley Snipes fights evil with his pen in exciting 'Talon of God'

Actor Wesley Snipes imagines a war between angels and demons in his debut novel, the supernatural 'Talon of God.' A 3-star book review.        

Debut novel 'Daughters' recycles 'Handmaid's Tale'

Jennie Melamed's dystopian novel 'Gather the Daughters' is too derivative of Margaret Atwood's classic. A 2-star book review.        

Michiko Kakutani, Times’s Feared and Revered Book Critic, Is Stepping Down

Ms. Kakutani has reviewed books at The New York Times since 1983 and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1998. The paper named Parul Sehgal one of its book critics.

(Mini) Review of Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

18 hours agoGenres / Fantasy : Fantasy Cafe

Book Description from Goodreads: The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.” Nemeses!...Show More Summary

The Strange Wonders of Cactuses, the Plant of Our Times

Carolyn Kormann reviews the book “Xerophile: Cactus Photographs from Expeditions of the Obsessed.”

“The Stupidest Person in New York City”: How Authors Responded to Michiko Kakutani’s Harshest Reviews

Longtime New York Times books critic Michiko Kakutani is moving on to focus on other projects, she confirmed on Thursday, after 38 years at the newspaper. During those close to four fearsome decades at the Times, Kakutani was perhaps...Show More Summary

Standard Of Review: New Novel ‘Proof’ Proves To Be An Entertaining Legal Thriller

20 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Don't judge this book by its (rather generic) title; it's a fun and fast-paced read.

The Strange Tastes Of Bookstore Shoplifters (Kierkegaard And Wittgenstein?)

21 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Sure, thieves make off with expensive coffee-table books and textbooks, but, says the manager of the London Review Bookshop, "Our most-stolen authors, in order, are Baudrillard, Freud, Nietzsche, Graham Greene, Lacan, Camus, and whoever puts together the Wisden [Cricketers'] Almanack." One booklifter who got caught said as he was escorted from the store, "I hope […]

Michiko Kakutani Ends Her Reign as The New York Times’ Chief Book Critic

The Michiko Kakutani book review is an institution unto itself, one that has now come to an end as The New York Times chief book critic steps down from her role after 38 years at the Times, 34 of which have been spent writing about the work of basically every author in the contemporary Western...

Michiko Kakutani Steps Down As NY Times Chief Book Critic

Michiko Kakutani, the feared and revered chief book critic at the NY Times, is leaving the newspaper after four decades. A press release from Pamela Paul, editor of the NY Times Book Review, and Radhika Jones, the editorial directorShow More Summary

Book Review: “Oh What Have I Done” 266 pages, Amazon

It was a crude pistol made from a barrel he salvaged, fired with a hand held hammer, strong rubber bands cut from inner-tubes and a breechblock. This post Book Review: “Oh What Have I Done” 266 pages, Amazon appeared first on Shooting Sports News.

38 Years on Books: The Essential Michiko Kakutani Reader

“Beloved.” “Infinite Jest.” “White Teeth.” “Team of Rivals.” Four decades of signature reviews and essays by The Times’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic.

?eské Dráhy First Class Review

Background: I love being in First Class now! For my European Trip, I booked all First Class seats for my connections from city to city, except for the first leg from Zurich to Salzburg because I arrived a day later than anticipated and missed my originally booked First Class train. To get to Berlin, I […]

Book Review for Vlog Like a Boss

I recently read the book Vlog Like a Boss: How to Kill It Online with Video Blogging by Amy Schmittauer. You can find out more about Amy at her website and at her YouTube channel. And yes – it’s a book about making video … so I HAD to do a video book review, right? Vlog […]

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