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Essayist, book reviewer
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RACING BACK TO VIETNAM
Nonfiction Lucky doc RACING BACK TO VIETNAM   By John Pendergrass 256 pp. Hatherleigh Press Reviewed By William C. Crawford This is a readable memoir brought forth on the 50th anniversary of the US withdrawal. There has been a plethora of recent writing in ...
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BY GASLIGHT: Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?
Fiction
 Crime is how this city works BY GASLIGHT 
By Steven Price 
731 pp. Picador
 Reviewed by Sue Ellis By Gaslight is a masterpiece of fiction that imagines an event in the life of American detective Allen Pinkerton. When his father (the famous William ...
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THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK
Fiction Not your typical wealthy young socialite ... THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK An Anna Blanc Mystery By Jennifer Kincheloe 304 pp. Seventh Street Books Reviewed by Eric Petersen Mystery writer Jennifer Kincheloe is back with the second entry in her new...
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BLOCKBUSTER SCIENCE
Nonfiction Spacetime and human spaghetti BLOCKBUSTER SCIENCE The Real Science in Science Fiction By David Siegel Bernstein 336 pp. Prometheus Books Reviewed by Eric Petersen As any devotee of science fiction can tell you, what makes the genre so beloved is ...
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SO HAPPINESS TO MEET YOU
Nonfiction Lock you door. People very friendly. SO HAPPINESS TO MEET YOU: Foolishly, Blissfully Stranded in Vietnam By Karin Esterhammer 259 pp. Prospect Park Books Reviewed by Marty Carlock It’s 2008, and the recession has destroyed non-essential jobs like...
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THE ODYSSEY OF ECHO COMPANY
Nonfiction Punishment is to go on living THE ODYSSEY OF ECHO COMPANY: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War By Doug Stanton 313 pp. Scribner Reviewed by Tom Glenn Doug Stanton knows combat. His bio makes no reference to milit...
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THE IMPERIAL WIFE
Fiction The wretched empress THE IMPERIAL WIFE By Irina Reyn 276 pp. St. Martin’s Press Reviewed by Dennis Rizzo The Imperial Wife  leaves us pondering the lives of Catherine the Great, Russian Empress, and Tanya Kagan Vandermotter, Russian Arts Specialist ...
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THE GENIUS PLAGUE
Fiction Fungus among us THE GENIUS PLAGUE By David Walton 384 pp. Prometheus Books Reviewed by Eric Petersen Sci-fi/horror master David Walton is back with his third novel. Like his previous novels Superposition and Supersymmetry , (also reviewed on this si...
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ONLY THE ANIMALS
Fiction The mussel quotes Kerouac ONLY THE ANIMALS: Stories By Ceridwen Dovey 248 pp. Picador Reviewed by Madison Bush The premise: what can we learn about the nature of human conflict looking through the eyes of animals whose fates are intertwined with wri...
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THE BLOODY BLACK FLAG
The IRB's Celebrating 10 Years of Intelligent Reviews October 2007-October 2017 Fiction Scrape his balls with a holystone THE BLOODY BLACK FLAG A Spider John Mystery By Steve Goble 237 pp. Seventh Street Books Reviewed by Eric Petersen Journalist turned nov...
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