Review of “F,” by: Daniel Kehlman

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/Goodreads Novel Released Today: August 26, 2014, from Patheon/ Knopf Publishing Services     Ever since the nineteen-fifties or sometime around there, philosophy has practically been bogged down in existential vexations: questions and intellectual extrapolations surrounding the meaning of human existence and consciousness in a century that has been bursting with the revolutionary…

Lestat Book Coven Newsletter-8/21/14

**Read the entire post to find out more details on how you can win a genuine signed, first-edition hardcover edition of The Vampire Lestat!!**     NEWS ABOUT Coven of the Articulate: A Scholarly Compendium of Anne Rice’s novels. (Click the hyperlinked text, to read more information about essay submission guidelines and the ultimate deadline for all…

Review of The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit by Graham Joyce

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/ Books-A-Million/ Goodreads       Combining the air of whimsical charm of Tim Burton’s Big Fish and the slightly offbeat, lugubrious melodrama of Donnie Darko,you end up with my best description of the type of unconventional storytelling that is at the heart of Graham Joyce’s newest novel The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit….

Review of Prison Noir, Short Story Collection, Edited by: Joyce Carol Oates

Amazon/Barnes& Nobles/ Books-A-Million/Goodreads/ Review by: Kristie Hendricks Prison Noir Edited by Joyce Carol Oates Contributors: Christopher M. Stephen, Sin Soracco, Scott Gutches, Eric Boyd, Ali F. Sareini, Stephen Geez, B.M. Dolarman, Zeke Caligiuri, Marco Verdoni, Kenneth R. Brydon, Linda Michelle Marquardt, Andre White, Timothy Pauley, Bryan K. Palmer, William Van Poyck Akashic Books Release Date:…

Review of Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/ Books-A-Million/Goodreads Print Length:336 pages Publisher:Grove Press (August 5, 2014) Sold by:Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Language:English   Review written by: Paula Tupper Summertime can be a difficult time for a book reviewer.  There are stacks and stacks of new books issued for the vacation reading crowd, fat books with short simple sentences and…

Review of Red Doc> by Anne Carson

Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)/Barnes and Nobles (Nook Edition)/Books-A-Million   Review written by Jonathan E. Book Published by: Knopf/Vintage I’ve always been one to believe that we dream while asleep to make sense of the world in ways we cannot do while awake. For the most part, our waking life is dictated by the rational; we know…

Lestat Book Coven Newsletter #9

Are you new here, and this is your first time crossing over the threshold into a place that celebrates literature with a metaphysical dimension? Links of Interest for Fledgling Members: –Lestat Book Coven Meeting Room (this virtual space needs to be cleaned up a bit)- –Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page– Hi Coven Members!! Hiatus Notice: Unfortunately, I…

Review of Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka by Jay Cantor

Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)/ Barnes and Nobles (Nook Edition)/Kobo/Google Books Published by: Knopf, Doubleday Review written by: Jonathan E. Throughout history, certain artists and celebrities have carried a mystique that transcends their work itself.  Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Babe Ruth, Miles Davis, John F. Kennedy; although all are famous for their specific contributions to art and…

When He was Fifteen Years Old…

Golden Boy: A Novel Abigail Tarttelin Atria Books/Simon&Schuster Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)/Barnes and Nobles (Nook Edition)/Kobo/IndieBound(Buy from local, independent bookstore!!) As it was in Jeffrey Eugenides’ brilliant Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex, the literary roots of Golden Boy can be traced to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book IV—the myth of the beautiful son of Hermes and Aphrodite. The “golden…

Review of American Pastoral By Philip Roth

  Amazon (Kindle Edition)/ Barnes and Nobles (Nook Edition)/Kobo Published by: Vintage/Random House Review Written by: Jonathan E. “Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else. If we played Cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go fifteen round in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books…

Review of The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas LLosa

Review written by Jonathan E. Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)/ Barnes and Nobles(Nook Edition)/Kobo Book Published by: Picador Books One of my favorite paradoxes that exists between literature and its readers is literature’s ability  to compel its readers to want to go places to which they don’t really want to go. When I open my brand new…