The Last Buffoon by Len Levinson chronicles the life of a paperback writer in the late 1970’s. The writer is Levinson’s alter ego, Alexander Frapkin, a middle-aged Jewish man who is in the process of losing his sanity as he fights book publishers who won’t pay him, landlords who won’t fix his apartment, drug dealers whom he owes money, and a lawyer who has a very definite interest in the author’s love life.
Sibyl Sue Blue by Rosel George Brown is one of those books which defined the sixties. The latter half of the decade was famous for all manner of innovative science fiction and gave rise to the “new wave” of the genre. Rockets became fertility symbols and cigars spaceships. There were plenty of the old guard still banging away at the typewriters, but even Philip K Dick was working on overload to find out how Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
The Sympathizer, by Viet Nguyen, is a new breed of noir novel, which academia is turning out these days. The author is a distinguished man of letters at in California, so I would expect nothing less from him. And he doesn’t disappoint. This is the story of the Vietnam conflict told through the eyes of an undercover spy, a mole, a deep operative, a man without a name who is a metaphor for so much. Except that he can’t seem to remember who he is.
In The Fabulous Clipjoint, we see why Frederic Brown was one of the greatest short story writers and novelists of the 20th century.
Kim Oh #7; Real Dangerous Plan continues the Kim Oh series in excellent form. In this episode, Kim Oh, the tiny twentysomething Korean American gun woman, is stuck in the hellhole of the American Southwest. One thing I have to admit about Jeter, no one does a better job of portraying the depressive state of being lost in America.
With coup in the news these days I felt it was a good time to revisit this old film.
Victor in the Rubble by Alex Finley (2016, Smiling Hippo Press) Victor In The Rubble is the first novel by veteran government intelligence worker Alex Finley. I heard her interviewed about the book on the Spycast…
The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin was originally published as a serial in 2006 in China. It was later released as a stand-alone novel in 2008.
Golden Amazon #5: Daughter of the Amazon by John Russel Fern (2013, Wildside Press) Originally published in 1951, Daughter of the Amazon is the fifth in the Wildside Press editions of John Russel Fern’s Golden…
My Father the Pornographer: A Memoir by Chris Offutt (2016, Atria Books) In the fall of 1976, I attended a lecture at Ohio State University. It was my first year as a student and, as…