Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Author: Philip Donlay
Release date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
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Review first appeared at the New York Journal of Books on March 6, 2018 - https://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/speed-dawn
Friday, March 2, 2018
Author: John Banville
Release date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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“Certain moments in certain places, apparently insignificant, imprint themselves on the memory with improbable vividness and clarity…so vivid are they, the suspicion arises that one’s fancy must have made them up: that one must, in a word, have imagined the.”
Born and bred in Wexford, a train ride away from Dublin, John Banville as a child saw the city as a place of enchantment. It was first a birthday treat, the world his beloved, eccentric aunt inhabited. When he came of age and took up residence there, the city was a frequent backdrop for his dissatisfactions as a young writer. When he lived outside Ireland, the city remained alive and indelible in his memory. In a once grand but now dilapidated flat in Upper Mount Street, he wrote and dreamed and hoped. Returning to live in Ireland, he found Dublin to be as fascinating – albeit for different reasons – as it had been to his seven-year-old self.
“Dublin was for me what Moscow was for Irina in Chekhov’s Three Sisters, a place of magical promise towards which my starved young soul endlessly yearned. That the city itself, the real Dublin, was in those poverty-stricken 1950s, mostly a grey and graceless place did not mar my dream of it…”
Banville is an award winning Irish novelist and screenwriter. He has penned sixteen novels that include The Book of Evidence (1989) and The Sea (2005), which won the Man Booker Prize. In Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir, he turns introspective and reflects on his cherished memories of his adopted hometown. In it he alternates between monologues of his own past, and present-day historical explorations of the city.
“O time, O tempora, what places we have been to – where will you take me yet?”
One of the great but elusive metaphysical questions of history has been the nature and substance of time. In the very first chapter, Banville writes, “…the past is where we live, while the past is where we dream. Yet if it is a dream, it is substantial, and sustaining. The past buoys us up, a tethered and ever-expanding hot-air balloon.” This provides, in many ways, the rhetorical theme of the book that combines memoir and guidebook, with social observation. As a result, Banville takes us on a swift journey through his life and Dublin both, providing just enough detail to make it enlightening, but not so much that it gets tedious and dull. The writing itself is amusing and entertaining with plenty of colorful references to other Irish writers and poets: “For good or ill, as a writer I am and always have been most concerned not with what people do – that, as Joyce might say, with typical Joycean disdain, can be left to the journalists – but with what they are.”
Overall, Time Pieces is a quick and well-written read that pays tribute to a humbler and more influential place and time for the writer. Fascinating and atmospheric, the narrative is complimented with beautifully illustrated images by award winning photographer Paul Joyce. For anyone who loves Dublin, every page of this memoir will be a delight and for those not acquainted with the city, it will bring better understanding into what makes it so charming and distinctive.
Michael Thomas Barry is the author of seven nonfiction books that includes Literary Legends of the British Isles and America’s Literary Legends.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Author: Christopher Rice
Release date: March 1, 2018
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
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Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew – a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image. If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued. Instead, her real father exploited her tabloid-ready story for fame and profit – until Charlotte finally broke free from her ghoulish past and fled. Just when she thinks she has buried her personal hell forever. Charlotte is swept into a frightening new ordeal. Secretly dosed with an experimental drug – but pursued by a treacherous corporation desperate to control her. Except from now on, if anybody is going to control Charlotte, it’s going to be Charlotte herself. She’s determined to use the extraordinary ability she now possesses to fight the kind of evil that shattered her life – by drawing a serial killer out from the shadows to face the righteous fury of a victim turned avenger.
Bone Music by Christopher Rice is a fabulously entertaining genre bending new thriller. Rice is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of four novels and is an executive producer for The Vampire Lestat, a TV show based on the novels penned by his mother, Anne Rice. In this new page-turner, Rice attempts to reinvent the superhero origin story with a tale of female empowerment while opening a thought provoking dialogue into what survivors of evil have to endure.
This novel is an excellent start to the new “A Burning Girl Thriller” series. The plot is fast-paced and engaging with firm character development. At its core, Bone Music is about the human need for socialization and our ability to face the fears that often hold us back from our potential. Rice has masterfully woven elements of a coming of age love story with tons of mystery, suspense, and thrills. A roller-coaster ride of adventures that’s filled with kick-butt superhero excitement that doesn’t let up from page one.
Michael Thomas Barry's most recent book is In the Company of Evil: Thirty Years of California Crime, 1950–1980. He is the author of six other nonfiction books and is a columnist for CrimeMagazine.com.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Authors: Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington
Release date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Public AffairsMichael Thomas Barry's most recent book is In the Company of Evil: Thirty Years of California Crime, 1950–1980. He is the author of six other nonfiction books and is a columnist for CrimeMagazine.com.
Review first appeared at the New York Journal of Books on February 27, 2018 - https://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/cadaver-king
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Author: Kevin Toolis
Release date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Buy from Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/My-Fathers-Wake-Irish-Teach/dp/0306921464Michael Thomas Barry is the author of seven nonfiction books that includes Literary Legends of the British Isles and America’s Literary Legends.
Review First appeared at the New York Journal of Books on February 27, 2018 - https://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/my-fathers