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Monday, Aug. 23, 2010

Ellroy, Penzler’s anthology of dark fiction

Noir. The word has at least two meanings—the first is blackness, darkness and mystery; the other defines a genre of fiction in which hard-boiled detectives and cops mop up crime or commit them, and the common theme is death of the cop or the criminal, or both. Shakespeare once said that a rose by any other name would smell...
Monday, April 26, 2010

Patrick Tyler delves into region’s history, foreign policy

Shortly before the invasion of Iraq, CIA Director George Tenet experienced a meltdown in front of Saudi royal family. This was the beginning of Gulf War II, and even before the first shots were fired, Tenet knew two things: one, there was no credible intelligence that would warrant another Gulf war, and...
Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

Book Review

Uncage Me is billed by Wisconsin’s Bleak House publishers as an anthology of short stories delving into boundaries and limits in the legal, moral, aesthetic and sexual facets of the modern world. It wants to test new fictional realms, to expand literature beyond yesterday and today, and into the vast unknown of the future, with themes ranging from salvation...
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Spreading the virtual virus

In a market saturated with vampire stories, it’s refreshing to hear a new and unique voice in the genre. John Marks, whose prior novels have garnered critical acclaim, has crafted a clever adaptation of Bram Stoker’s immortal Dracula with his latest book, Fangland (Penguin). The story takes place partly in post-9/11 New York City, where we meet the eclectic crew of “The Hour,” a weekly news broadcast modeled after “60 Minutes.” Here we are introduced to the heroine, Evangeline Harker, an up-and-coming associate producer from Texas who worked her way up the ladder by using her allure and practical nature. Harker is offered an opportunity to travel to Romania to meet an Eastern European crime lord named Ion Torgu. Despite resistance from her new fianc, Robert, and several co-workers, as well as her own fears, Harker sees this as a career-enhancing assignment that she must take.

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