Category Archives: Book Reviews

Books that are really ideas

Via a comment on Ann Althouse’s blog, I skipped over today to this review in the London Times of an essay titled Comment parler des livres que l’on n’a pas lus (“How to discuss books that one hasn’t read”), which … Continue reading

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A disorder peculiar to our novels

What I’ve been doing instead of blogging :-) (besides working of course! my day job has been pumping writing assignments to me like an out-of-control gadget in an I Love Lucy bit) is reading. One book I’ve just about finished … Continue reading

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The body electric

I expected something different from Candace Pert’s latest book, Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d. For starters, the title’s a bit of a bait to the text’s switch. You aren’t going to find that promised Everything here. In … Continue reading

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Historical novels and the conception of self

Catching up on some things, here: I finished The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant several weeks ago and before I mess with the code to remove its image from my sidebar I may as well blog about it, eh? … Continue reading

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Amazon’s policy on sock puppetry

It isn’t easy to find, but if you check out the Participation Guidelines that Amazon publishes on the Community section of the site, there’s a clause that suggests sock puppetry is a no-no. It’s under Prohibited Content or Activities, which … Continue reading

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More advice for would-be Amazon sock puppets!

John Scalzi has some advice. It falls along the lines of the whole Biblical eye-plucking idea. Nothing about whether it’s a good idea, if your sock puppetry has been outed, to threaten to sue bloggers who blogged about it, though. … Continue reading

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Wonder if she’ll threaten to sue Gawker?

Writer Alex Kuczynski’s been outed for . . . not sock puppetry exactly. Because she’d revealed on her Amazon profile that she masquerades as one “Walter” — a Walter who’s written glowing reviews of Kuczynski’s books: Update: Uhhh, we guess … Continue reading

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Thanks, you guys

Vanity search on technorati and found some bloggers who have mentioned Outwitting Dogs or have even said nice things about it. Thanks, you guys! [tags] dog training [/tags]

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Celebrity children’s books

Story in the Guardian. My favorite line: “Yes, but … what about the children?” [tags] children’s books [/tags]

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Katherine Anne Porter

On Bibliobuffet, Henry Carrigan has a review of Darlene Harbour Unrue’s 2005 biography of Porter, The Life of an Artist. Here’s the review. Carrigan calls the book “masterful.” I’m in. [tags] book review, literary biography [/tags]

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