The Rule of Two – D. S. Saunders

First-time mystery novelist D.S. Saunders succeeds like a seasoned pro at grabbing her readers and keeping them guessing until the final pages of The Rule of Two. There are enough genuine surprises and plot twists to satisfy the most  ...

Porno – Irvine Welsh

It’s possible to argue that the lifestyle depicted in Irvine Welsh’s breakout novel Trainspotting was so dead-end that a sequel could only prove depressing and, ultimately, useless. Who wants to read about a bunch of hapless, scamming junkies, ten  ...

In the Hand of Dante – Nick Tosches

This book is both literally and figuratively unreadable. First, the literal problems: many (presumably) important lines are in Italian, Hebrew or Latin. Further, Tosches bogs his narrative down to dwell, at mind-numbing length, on numerology and etymology. Second, the  ...

The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions – Rick Moody

Playfully and at times painfully self-aware, Rick Moody flees from conventional storytelling as if from the West Nile virus or Enron stock. His relentlessly clever stories and novels have always taken the path of greatest resistance. Overripe highbrow prose  ...

Restless Night – Julianna Raye

The eerie soundscapes created by Julianna Raye and producer Ethan Jones are superficially reminiscent of the collaboration of Julee Cruise and Angelo Badalamenti. However, while “Falling“ will forever be associated with that weirdest of all American small towns, David  ...