Graham Parke has done it again. With his finger firmly on the pulse of the technology-addled contemporary dating scene, Park’s Sometimes I’m So Smart I Almost Feel Like a Real Person is a hilariously parodic frolic into the world of the “I know everything, even though I’ve never done anything” world of the failure-to-launch millennial romantic. Continue reading
Occasionally, we here at the Dunce Academy get the chance to read new authors. Such was the case with Louie Lawent’s Momma Don’t You Worry, a touching tale of childhood and the complicated dynamics between a child and his mother as he starts to recognize/exercise his independence.
If you’ve ever thought writing a children’s book would be easy, Lawent can prove you wrong. Despite the relatively short length and facial simplicity of the tale, it needs to work on multiple levels at once. Thanks to Lawent for the chance to read this sweet and moving story.
Every once in a while, I have the opportunity to review a book by a new author. Such was the case with Scott Pinsker’s The Second Coming: A Love Story. Reasonably familiar with the traditional Western view of Christ and Christianity, I was intrigued by the twists Pinsker’s book promised. This was the general synopsis I was provided:
If you recall, I did an interview about a week ago with a promising new author named Abby Slovin. Well, she had such a great time, and is so awesome and generous, that she has agreed to give away a copy of her excellent book Letters in Cardboard Boxes, right here, for FREE!!!!!!!!!!! Isn’t she THE COOLEST?!?!?!? And check out that awesome cover; you know you want it! So here’s the deal: Continue reading
I recently had the opportunity to read Letters in Cardboard Boxes, by Abby Slovin. It was a touching, beautiful story, rich with human relationships and memories and urban charm and self-discovery. I may still write a more thorough review, but in the meantime, I had the unique opportunity to “interview” the author, and I can’t wait to share our exchange. So hear it goes: Continue reading
Luminarium by Alex Shakar is the most intelligent, thought-provoking work of contemporary fiction I have read in a long, long time. It was not just another book read, but an experience. And it sort of defied genre categorization: kind of like science fiction, but not just. It was set in 2006, around the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 attack in New York. I wouldn’t call it 9/11 literature, though that was mentioned and somewhat woven into certain elements of the storyline Continue reading
Record Collecting for Girls by Courtney E. Smith was a runaway delight. I have to confess, at first I was a little bit intimidated by the “for girls” qualifier. Not that I shy away from literature with a prediminently female audience in mind, but the “for girls” label right there in the title was daunting (I mean, what if somebody saw me reading it?). Yet I persevered, and I am SO glad that I did. Continue reading