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Archive for September, 2006

Fri, September 15th, 2006
James Ellroy to Abandon Life of Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

On September 7, Frank Sennett, blogger, Booklist reviewer, and pal of mine, linked to an LA CityBeat interview with James Ellroy in which Ellroy says, “I won’t write another crime novel.” This, of course, is in regard to what he’ll write after his forthcoming novel, the final book in the Underworld U.S.A. trilogy. Never mind that that […]


Thu, September 14th, 2006
The Blog Entry That Was His Final Word on the Subject
Posted by: Keir Graff

I filed my review of Night Falls in Damascus this morning. One last remark and then I’ll leave it alone. Highland used one of my least favorite sentence constructions. He only did it once, so I won’t hold it against him, but here it is: He was just not prepared for–how could he be prepared for?–death’s […]


Tue, September 12th, 2006
A Very Qualified Thumbs-Up
Posted by: Keir Graff

I finished reading Night Falls on Damascus last night. After I passed the halfway mark, the stilted language stopped bugging me–mostly–and I found myself fairly absorbed in the story. This is one of those books that I have a lot of complaints about (stilted language, clunky exposition, slow pace) and yet I still don’t think […]


Sun, September 10th, 2006
Antiqued Prose
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’ve had Night Falls on Damascus, by Frederick Highland, in my book pile for a long time now. The galley arrived in early summer, before I started my family leave, but because the publication date is listed as December 18, I kept pushing it farther down in the stack as more urgently dated books came in. […]


Thu, September 7th, 2006
Exciting New Features
Posted by: Keir Graff

Okay, the rate of tweaking here has been a lot slower than planned, but I did add two new features today. Under “Info,” you’ll see a page called “My Pile of Books,” where I’ll maintain an updated list of the books I’m considering for review. And under “Links,” you’ll see a link to the book I’m […]


Tue, September 5th, 2006
A New Way to Deliver Reviews
Posted by: Keir Graff

I enjoy reading obituaries. Not that I’m obsessed with death–okay, I’m obsessed with death. But I also enjoy learning about the fascinating things that ordinary people have done with their lives. Okay, they’re not always fascinating. And I guess I prefer reading about extraordinary people. The he-never-missed-a-day-of-work-for-40-years obits are usually a snooze. But, lest my […]





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