Category Archives: Book Reviews

The Black Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black: A Review

Benjamin Black is reviving Raymond Chandler’s detective Phillip Marlowe. There are lots of things easier than that: Digging a ditch with your tongue, for example. I like Marlowe but I never found him to be much more than the sum … Continue reading

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Bob Adamov Author of Sandustee: A Writer Speaks

Joseph: I’m talking with Bob Adamov, a Kent State University graduate and author of the new novel Sandustee. Bob can be seen at Put-in-Bay, Key West and the Cayman Islands with his scuba diving and treasure hunting friends. He had … Continue reading

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Do We Need a New Oscar Category?

Years ago I read a book newly translated into English called Max and the Cats by Moacyr Scliar. It was published years before Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. Sometimes I wonder just where ideas come from, how authors come up … Continue reading

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Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger – Stephen Gallup Reviews

This is the third novel in the last month or so that I’ve gone back to read a second time. I first enjoyed it in June 2008, after hearing a friend recommend it many times. As with those other books, … Continue reading

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Becoming Patrick, by Patrick McMahon – Stephen Gallup Reviews

Because Patrick McMahon and I participated in the same critique group several years ago, I had the good fortune of witnessing the latter stages of his book’s creation. When I read it now, I can still hear his voice as … Continue reading

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The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University, by Kevin Roose – Stephen Gallup Reviews

I should begin my comments on this unique memoir with a personal note. In the early 70s, just after completing my undergraduate studies at a secular university, I found myself attending one of Jerry Falwell’s services at Thomas Road Church … Continue reading

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Lord Lightning, by Jenny Brown – Stephen Gallup Reviews

I had the good fortune of reading this novel in manuscript form a couple years before its publication. I was very glad when it came out, and ordered a copy immediately, despite disappointment with the publisher’s cover design. The story … Continue reading

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