Reviews and Articles in General Publications
Monday 23 October 2000
§ San Francisco Chronicle October 22, 2000
"The Amber Spyglass" is full of the elements that draw readers to epic fantasy: magical devices, heroic talking animals, daunting quests and answers to Life's Big Questions. What distinguishes Pullman's trilogy is its toughness, its unwillingness to accept the easy answers or deliver the expected effects. No one, hero or villain, is guaranteed anything.
§ Rain Taxi Review of Books Fall 2000
The Telling is a permeable novel, loosely bound together in order to let the prose breathe. It is also, in of itself, a snippet of a conversation (and I think LeGuin is consciously positing the novel as such) without end. Ultimately, it is not a novel about radical dogmatism, or the frail chances of healing between wide cultural gulfs. The Telling is about the telling. "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant--/Success in Circuit Lies," Emily Dickinson wrote, and this koan-like sensibility envelops the book. Once again, by LeGuin's hands, the audience is in the story's thrall.
Wednesday 18 October 2000
§ Salon October 18, 2000
Publishers Weekly October 16, 2000 [not online]
More starred reviews: Bentley Little's paperback horror novel The Walking (Signet)...
The overwhelming sense of doom with which Little imbues his newest novel is so palpable it seems to rise from the book like mist. ... If booksellers are on their toes, they'll tell readers that Stephen King, a big fan of Little's work, was reading another book by this author at the time of his infamous accident....and of Diana Wynne Jones's YA novel Year of the Griffin (HarperCollins/Greenwillow); and YA nonfiction Building Big by graphic artist David Macaulay (Houghton/Lorraine).
Publishers Weekly October 2, 2000 [not online]
...a charming reflection on dreams and the afterlife set in modern-day Manhattan. ... This book is brief, but it presents a wealth of impressive ruminations on love, longing and the power of the bonds between people.Also, in Children's: starred reviews of Vivian Vande Velde's The Rumpelstiltskin Problem (Houghton) and of Francesca Lia Block's The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold (HarperCollins/Cotler).
Monday 16 October 2000
Several children's book reviews include Gregory Maguire on the fifth volume in Lemony Snicket's ''Series of Unfortunate Events'', The Austere Academy (HarperCollins). "Had the gloom-haunted Edward Gorey found a way to have a love child with Dorothy Parker, their issue might well have been Lemony Snicket..." Maguire begins. Also, Emily-Greta Tabourin reviews Ray Bradbury's Switch on the Night (Knopf), illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon.
§ Salon October 16, 2000
§ January October 2000
Monday 9 October 2000
§ The Register-Guard October 1, 2000
Le Guin greets me at the door. She is about 5 feet 4 inches tall. Wrinkles on her face trace a lifetime of smiles and concentration, but no frowns. She is wearing a casual linen skirt and jacket, and bead earrings with tiny, dangling jade bears.
§ The New York Times Book Review October 8, 2000
Also: Alberto Mobilio reviews T.C. Boyle’s A Friend of the Earth: a ''low point'' in Boyle's career. Earlier this week (Oct. 3), celebrity reviewer Michiko Kakutani looked at Boyle's book, and was more sympathetic:
Up till now T. Coraghessan Boyle has been the Jim Carrey of fiction: all broad gestures and mimicry, nervous hyperbole and dazzling razzmatazz. ... The social, not the personal, the extreme, not the mundane, have been the focus of his stories, and his heroes have tended to elicit contempt or pity, not sympathy or insight. All this has begun to change with "A Friend of the Earth," his latest novel, which manages to be funny and touching, antic and affecting, all at the same time.
Yet another associational NYT review this week (Oct. 4), Richard Eder looks at José Saramago's All the Names (Harcourt).
§ Los Angeles Times Book Review October 8, 2000
And yet, for all the words in Chabon's 600-plus pages, there is remarkably little blood. Change the names Kavalier & Clay to Hardy & Hardy and there would be little difference in the level of derring-do.
§ CNN, October 3, 2000
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