Steve Vail, the title character in Noah Boyd’s THE BRICKLAYER, throws bank robbers through plate glass windows in his spare time. Although he was an FBI special agent for three years earlier in the decade, he didn’t work well with authority and the association was terminated.

Now, his day job slapping cement between oblong red things in Chicago is interrupted by a woman who introduces herself as Kate Bannon, FBI Deputy Assistant Director, and she persuades Vail to go to Washington to hear out Director Lasker and Assistant Director Kaulcrick.

September 10, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin

In this staggering book of speculative fiction, Cronin has proven that he can transcend genre and, with his power of language, create a distant world that feels close and credible. THE PASSAGE is not your typical zombie or vampire novel; it isn’t cheesy or reductive. It shares some characteristics with its progenitor, THE STAND, and fans of King’s work will be arguably riveted by this (more updated) novel. But there are as many differences as there are similarities, and Cronin’s ambitions are ultimately more complex and expansive.

June 7, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE BIG MACHINE by Victor LaValle

THE BIG MACHINE is a genre-busting romp through the fields of good and evil. Part mystery, part science fiction, part philosophy, and part theology, this book takes us on a heady journey from underneath the earth’s surface to the wonderment of the universe.

March 26, 2010 · Judi Clark · One Comment
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John Boyne’s novel, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS is outstanding. It is beautifully written with a most powerful storyline. Nine year-old Bruno is an innocent, carefree boy growing up in Berlin during WWII. He has three “Best Friends For Life,” and wants to be an explorer when he grows up. Bruno lives in a beautiful mansion, complete with gardens and servants, along with his older sister Gretel, their lovely mother, and their father, a high ranking SS officer.

May 19, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , , , ,  · Posted in: Allegory/Fable, Germany, World Lit