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Doc Ford, a secret agent masquerading as a Florida marine biologist, returns in a thriller that explores the secret world of relic hunters who illegally dig mammoth ivory, Indian artifacts and other prehistoric treasures from the depths of South Florida’s limestone deposits.
Imagine a world where everyone is monitored, where all information is accessible. That sounds very much like the premise of George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel, “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” but it is also the utopia promised by Dave Eggers’ new book, “The Circle: A Novel” (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2013, 491 pages).
By Ruel S. De Vera
“One choice will define you.” That is the way Veronica Roth’s book jacket for “Allegiant” (HarperCollins, New York, 2013, 526 pages) reads, this being the final chapter in Roth’s popular young adult trilogy that commenced with 2011’s “Divergent.” Coming hot on the heels of an exploding YA market and, most notably, Suzanne Collins’ magnificently [...]
The themes in James Lee Burke’s lyrical, allegorical crime novels rarely change, but each new book delves more deeply into them, revealing an author who is increasingly troubled about human nature and the American character but unwilling to abandon hope for redemption.
By Cheche V. Moral
Kevin Kwan is right in quoting F. Scott Fitzgerald in his article for The Daily Beast, where I first heard of his novel, “Crazy Rich Asians”: “The rich are different from you and me.”
To characterize Curtis Sittenfeld’s new novel, “Sisterland,” as an ideal beach read isn’t meant as an insult. The author of “American Wife,” a fantastic account of a protagonist clearly modeled after Laura Bush who ascends from a small town in Wisconsin to the White House, is a skilled storyteller.
By Amadís Ma. Guerrero
Leading American novelist John Irving blew into town in January 2011 and the Inquirer gals went gaga over him. He is now a senior citizen (born in 1942) but apparently still handsome and sexy, going by his flattering photo on Page 1 of this newspaper in the Jan. 11 issue that year. (Less flattering is the photo on his latest book, where he looks gaunt and shows his age.)
“Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home” (Gotham Books), by Sheri Booker Sheri Booker was 15 when she got a summer job at a West Baltimore funeral home. In the beginning, she answered phones and babysat bodies, showing guests into the funeral home’s viewing room. But over the next [...]
From the moment he first appeared in “Devil in a Blue Dress” in 1990, Easy Rawlins, was an instant favorite of discerning readers and literary critics alike. So the disappointment was palpable when the black private detective, drunk and in despair over a lost love, deliberately drove his car off a California cliff at the conclusion of “Blonde Faith,” the eleventh novel in the series.
“The Famous and the Dead” (Dutton), by T. Jefferson Parker “The Famous and the Dead” is billed as the final installment in T. Jefferson Parker’s six-volume saga about Charlie Hood, an earnest young Los Angeles lawman hellbent on reducing the illegal trade in firearms along the California-Mexico border.
By Ruel S. De Vera
David Levithan may write fiction for young adults, but his work beguiles readers of all sorts. You just have to be hopelessly romantic and optimistic. It’s his ability to render real life as both stunningly concrete and yet endlessly poetic that wins them over. Ironically, he may be best known for two captivating collaborations, 2006’s “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” with Rachel Cohn and 2010’s “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” with John Greene.