Tag Archives: recommended for the enthusiast

Review: Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress

Devil In A Blue Dress Walter Mosley The first of the Easy Rawlins novels featuring an unemployed African American factory worker turned private investigator in post-war Los Angeles. A well done, if standard crime novel, which includes the usual characters … Continue reading

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Review: Carney’s Death on Diamond Mountain

Death on Diamond Mountain: A True Story of Obsession, Madness and the Path to Enlightenment Scott Carney An investigation into the life and death of Ian Thorson, a devotee of controversial Buddhist teacher Michael Roche. An examination of the interplay … Continue reading

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Review: French’s Faithful Place

Faithful Place Tana French The third book in French’s Dublin Murder Squad series and the best one so far. Follows the story of a detective who returns, after twenty years away, to his dysfunctional family and neighborhood to investigate the … Continue reading

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Review: Carney’s What Doesn’t Kill Us

What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Enviromental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength. Scott Carney Ok, the title is awful. But this might still be worth your time. An exploration of the philosophy of weirdo … Continue reading

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Review Stephenson’s Diamond Age

Diamond Age: or  a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer Neal Stephenson The coming of age story of a poor girl in future in which nanotechnology has revolutionized the way we live. The protagonist, Nell, is a poor girl who accidentally receives … Continue reading

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Review: Gibson’s Neuromancer

Neuromancer William Gibson I mean, what can you say? The book that presaged the internet age, was pivotal in the creation of the cyberpunk genre, and launched a thousand straight to cable movies. If, like me, you were an awkward … Continue reading

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Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz

A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller Top five novel of the small-group-keeps-knowledge-alive-in-post-apocalyptic world sub genre of science fiction. You either love this kind of novel or you don’t. I love them, and have read scores, A Canticle for Leibowitz … Continue reading

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