Can we divine a culture from its films…?” Ander Monson wonders at the beginning of Predator: A Memoir, a Movie, an Obsession, a work that blurs the lines between…well…everything. The book—an account of its author’s longtime fascination with the 1987 action movie, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura and launched a franchise—offers … Read more

New & Notable Books, September – Locus Online

Elizabeth Bear, The Origin of Storms (Tor 6/22) This final volume of the Lotus Kingdoms trilogy (set in the same world as her earlier Eternal Sky series) showcases her rich worldbuilding and dazzling imagination, and brings the interwoven stories of her vividly realized characters to a satisfying conclusion. Becky Chambers, A Prayer for the Crown-Shy … Read more

Kale on Books: There are many books about Lincoln

An interesting question regarding Abraham Lincoln: How many more books can be written about various aspects of the president’s life? An estimated 15,000 books have already been penned about Lincoln, probably more than anyone else in history, except Jesus Christ. For example, a number of years ago there was a marvelous esoteric volume, “Lincoln’s other … Read more

Review: A different spy story | Book Reviews and News

MALCOLM FORBES Star Tribune “Winter Work” by Dan Fesperman; Alfred A. Knopf, 352 pages, $28 Many a Berlin-set spy novel comprises a tale of two cities which plays out during the heated tensions of the Cold War. Dan Fesperman’s latest spy thriller, “Winter Work,” offers a refreshing variant on this by immersing its reader in … Read more

Memoir is a journey upstream, fighting the current of life Book Reviews

“Don’t get old,” my late mother-in-law was fond of saying. She wasn’t one to make a fuss over her accumulating physical ailments, and she certainly knew that there was only one other option. But it was her default advice when I asked her how she was doing. I suspect Wasilla author Eric Wade would offer … Read more