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Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing

On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
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    The High Divide

    Lin Enger 9781616203757


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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Windup Girl

Douglas McGowan, July 1, 2010

An incredible adventure in a world our descendants might see

This is a truly futurist novel that puts you squarely into a terrifyingly detailed world, where the oil has run out, global warming has raised the oceans, and large corporations contend with nations for the next bio-engineered food crops just one step ahead of likewise biologically engineered plagues. Not for the faint of heart, but one of the best novels I have read in the last 10 years.
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Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Douglas McGowan, October 15, 2009

Steampunk zombieromp

This book is just fun from one end to the other. Mix a tough-minded single mom protagonist with an alternate Seattle full of wild characters - airship smugglers, vagabonds and survivors, a mad inventor, a district inhabited by famished zombies, and relentless crackling action. I loved it and would like to see more from Ms. priest in this setting. A rollicking yarn!
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The Court of the Air
The Court of the Air

Douglas McGowan, June 5, 2009

A good summer read

I enjoyed this novel, which introduces some memorable characters and a goodly number of character types including the very engaging Steammen, who are gallant, generous and wise. The setting is a steampunk-esque fantasy world that is on the brink of total conflict. The novel runs more rapidly and less deep by far than say, Pullman or Sterling. The galloping pace keeps you from ever entirely getting your bearings; but that's part of the fun! Roll with it and see where it takes you!
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Clapton by Eric Clapton

Douglas McGowan, December 14, 2007

I just finished Clapton's autobiography, which is a rich read for someone like me. I was a disc jockey for many years and can relate the music I heard along the way to what was happening in the scenes he describes.

It's an extraordinary self-retrospective, because he does have this integrity of the heart, for the music, a devotion and passion to the blues that transcends all the relationships, the mileage, the addictions and the heartbreaking losses.

I love how he describes writing and being in the studio and playing out, and how he sees the music as his guiding star. Eric's real "Layla" is the passion he has for his art.

Clapton's writing style is very much like Louis Armstrong's in "My Life in New Orleans," maybe because his devotion to the music is so palpable.

I read it in about three days and am rereading it now.

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