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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity



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Moving Heavy Things by Jan Adkins

daligrip, December 17, 2012

Often, when one is very used to a task, he forgets how long it took to learn and is struck by the ineptitude of others. This is a sweet little volume, pictures reminiscent of Eric Sloane or David Macauley, and with a gentle humor. I would recommend it to any one interested in how things were moved before the advent of the engine, or to any one who is considering moving a couch. I would particularly like to see some of the guys with whom I work read it. I am tired of watching them hunt down a forklift when all that needs to move is a sheet of plywood. Suitable for eight year olds and geezers.
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Nightlife (Roc Fantasy) by Rob Thurman
Nightlife (Roc Fantasy)

daligrip, February 17, 2012

Formulae exist for a reason.just as a good cookie formula can be ruined with bad chocolate, a good genre formula can be great fun with strong characters, fresh takes on memes, and a rollicking good sense of irony. And a genuine and self described "smart A....(leck) as the protagonist and narrator. If you like urban fantasy, and the vampire romances are getting old, try something a little more hard boiled. If you like the Dresden (Jim Butcher) stuff, this competes well.
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The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
The True Meaning of Smekday

daligrip, October 26, 2010

I read this book when it was just out, and immediately read it to my two boys. I often think about it, and it still brings a grin when some of the more unfortunate (actual) current events are being discussed ( the boov "genesis" comic book and the literal translation of the alien phrase for "casino" come instantly to mind.)The puns, the visuals and the commentary are rich materials for any adult, and the story line,the Boov,and the heroine are heaven for kids- mine were 10 and thirteen at the reading and it still comes up in both of their conversation four years later.

(ASIDE TO POWELL'S STAFF: the product info is wrong, I have the book in my hand, dated 2007, as well as the new york times book review of same dated Nov.11 of that year)
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The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington
The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart

daligrip, December 16, 2009

The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart is Engrossing...Emphasis on the Gross. The Vile twins are anti-heros of the first degree, slashing and farting and bleeding and freezing and barfing (not to mention bickering and wrestling in a murderous, brotherly kind of way) from Germany through Venice and on to Gyptland.
The book opens with a particularly vile revenge murder- a farmer who thrashed them for stealing turnips many years ago is forced to watch as the brothers kill his family and torch the farm- and only goes down hill from there...but shortly, you are rooting for them!
Fans of the Brothers Grimm who especially like the versions where the "bad ends" are left in will find this particularly enjoyable.
The tale is also notable for it's twisted theological discussions, and I defy any one to read the complete version of that which is abridged on the inside jacket with a straight face.
The book is populated by brigands, thieves, witches, demons, monsters, mad priests and a multitude of innocent victims, all painted in close, deft, strokes.
I especially warn against taking this book on a cruise if you are even mildly prone to seasickness. It will push you over the edge.
All in all, a fine read. For a...certain type.
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