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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »

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The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Michele from Maine, January 17, 2011

Oh delicious. This most recent of Walter Mosley's is not a mystery but a novel, primarily. Ptolemy Grey is an extraordinary character with an extraordinary story. I read nothing else for 24 hours and the story has stuck with me. The book pulls you in with its sense of place (current and those of memory) and honest look at people. That said, it is, in the very best sense, a novel, where truth is seen, not with a floodlight and an inventory of questions, but with a flashlight and bits seen out of peripheral vision, by asking questions of human beings whose answers are always revealing but rarely straightforward. I loved this book.
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The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R King
The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

Michele from Maine, March 23, 2010

Yikes! I posted my comments a few days ago but I don't know what I did wrong, they didn't stick. Anyway...

Hooray for Laurie R. King! Deliciously creepy. Seriously delicious. I love several things about Ms. King's style. I love the mix of 1st person (Mary Russell's chapters) and the 3rd (everyone else). I love that the memoirish intimacy of the 1st person chapters does not prevent, but enhances the story-telling intimacy of the 3rd person chapters. I love that she introduces new characters that make you sorry that you haven't met them before now. This book, in particular, introduces several awesome new characters. I love that her characters are as smart as they are made out to be. Obviously Ms. King is wickedly clever and intelligent herself or her stories and characters couldn't hold up to their promise. I am always a little wary of new entries in a series based at least in part on the partnership/relationship between a pair in which the partners are separated, but as always, Ms. King finds a way. Russell and Holmes find ways to communicate and their enforced separation merely heightens the sense that they are at opposite ends of a gradually stretching rubber band, and when, as must happen, the rubber band snaps back to its regular position in the final chapters of the book, it gives the ending a new snap and energy. As I said, Ms. King is smart, and has heart. Great mystery. A great week for me, teaching teenagers, raising daughters, making dinners, helping neighbors...but going home to a...really. good. read.
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