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Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan among readers at poetry tribute
NEW YORK — At an all-star tribute to poetry on Wednesday, Meryl Streep was thinking about her family.
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Book Review of Encarnita’s Journey

September 19, 2016 – 5:49 am | One Comment

Encarnita’s Journey by Joan Lingard
Review by Ben Macnair
Alison and Busby
7 out of 10
Joan Lingard is one of those writers with a considerable body of work, who just gets on with …

Book Review – A Place called Winter by Patrick Gale

July 15, 2016 – 9:37 am | No Comment

Book Review – A Place called Winter by Patrick Gale
Review by Ben Macnair
 
A Place Called Winter is one of those books with a big heart, humanity, and an ability to …

Book Review – Public Library and other Stories by Ali Smith

January 5, 2016 – 6:47 am | One Comment

Book Review – Public Library and other Stories by Ali Smith
Review by Ben Macnair
9 out of 10
Following up the enormous critical and commercial success of the award winning novel How …

Review of The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall

October 24, 2015 – 8:48 am | One Comment

Review of The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall
Review by Ben Macnair
8 out of 10
‘The Beautiful Indifference’ is a collection of short stories, where place and time is as important as …

Review of Strange Beautiful Music

October 5, 2015 – 4:30 pm | One Comment

Strange Beautiful Music – A Musical Memoir by Joe Satriani and Jake Brown
Review by Ben Macnair
The guitarist and composer Joe Satriani is one of those players that needs little introduction …

Review of Open Spirit

October 4, 2015 – 4:56 pm | One Comment

Book Review by Joyce Metzger
OPEN SPIRIT
by Travis Catsull
2000; 44pps; pa; Tsunami Inc., PO Box 100,
Walla Walla, WA 99362
$5.00
Travis Catsull was born in Texas in 1975. At the time of …

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Philips

September 9, 2015 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

Review of a book by Marie Philips – Gods Behaving Badly
Review by Ben Macnair
Vintage Books – £7.99 276 Pages – ISBN 978 0 099 51302-5
Marie Philip’s book, Gods Behaving Badly …

I can make you hate by Charlie Brooker

August 10, 2015 – 8:37 am | No Comment

Book Review by Ben Macnair
Review of I can make you hate by Charlie Brooker
‘I can make you hate’ is a collection of television presenter and journalist Charlie Brooker’s columns from …

Review of Tailed by MK MacInnes

July 6, 2015 – 4:42 am | One Comment

Tailed by MK MacInnes
A short story, from a collection, published 2015.
Reviewed by Colin W. Campbell.
The time is 1988, the place is Paris and the writer shares from her memoirs.
If you …

Book Review – Driven by James Sallis

June 2, 2015 – 6:45 am | No Comment

Book Review – Driven by James Sallis
No Exit Press
Review by Ben Macnair
7 out of 10
Seven years have passed since the events of Drive, and Driver has found a new life, …

Book Review of Poems in Water

May 3, 2015 – 5:49 pm | One Comment

Poems in Water
Mary Langer Thompson
Review by Carol Smallwood
Paperback: 57 pages: $12
Green Fuse Poetic Arts, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0991598328
http://www.amazon.com/poems-water-Mary-Langer-Thompson/dp/0991598326/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421526888&sr=1-1&keywords=poems+in+water+by+mary+langer+thompson
Every poetry collection creates its own sense of space: geographic, cultural, and personal: word selection …

Book review of Denouement

March 27, 2015 – 7:53 am | No Comment

denouement
by margareta waterman
nine muses books (2015) pp. 215
illustrated by Meg McHutchison and JC Schlechter
review by Casey Bush
In her latest book, “denouement”, poet and priestess, margareta waterman, celebrates her impending departure …

Book Review of The Humans

March 7, 2015 – 12:03 pm | One Comment

The Humans by Matt Haig
Book review by Ben Macnair
Cannongate Publishing – £7.99
Professor Andrew Martin is dead,only to his family, the people of Cambridge who are witness to his naked perambulations, …

Book review – betting on the Muse by Charles Bukowski

December 29, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

Book review – betting on the Muse by Charles Bukowski
Review by Ben Macnair
Over 400 pages, the influential prose writer and poet Charles Bukowski describes his favourite things in one of …

Book review of The Long Blue Room

December 18, 2014 – 6:22 am | No Comment

The Long Blue Room
Poetry by Joan Gelfand
Benicia Literary Arts, January, 2014
ISBN 978-0-9703737-2-4
Paperback: xii; 87 pp. $12.95
Review by Carol Smallwood
Ms. Gelfand searches her own motives with a touch of whimsey while …

Review of Angles of Separation

November 24, 2014 – 2:31 am | No Comment

Review of Angles of Separation by Carol Smallwood
Judith Skillman
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Glass Lyre Press (2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0984035298
http://www.amazon.com/Angles-Separation-Judith-Skillman/dp/098403529X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412356953&sr=1-1&keywords=angles+of+separation
Buying a new poetry collection is like investing in a travel ticket—the excitement begins when …

Review of Evening Sun: A Widow’s Journey

October 1, 2014 – 2:13 am | No Comment

Evening Sun: A Widow’s Journey is a poetry chapbook by Aline Soulesl
Review by Carol Smallwood
http://www.amazon.com/Evening-Sun-Journey-Aline-Soules/dp/0989758494
Andrew Benzie Books (May 29, 2014) 38 pages, $3.79
Aline Soules’ work has appeared in journals, e-zines, …

Book Review: The Wild Part

August 7, 2014 – 8:52 am | No Comment

Review of The Wild Part by Jerry Craven
Review by Carol Smallwood
Angelina River Press, Fort Worth, Texas 2013
# ISBN-10: 0988384418
293 pages, $15.83, paperback
In the award winning author’s preface, Jerry Craven relates …

Review of The Pools by Bethan Roberts

April 25, 2014 – 2:28 am | No Comment

The Pools by Bethan Roberts
Serpent’s Tail Publishing – ISBN – 9781846686511
281 Pages – £7.99
The Pools looks at the death of Robert, a 15 year old boy, and the repercussions that …

Book Review – Emerald City by Jennifer Egan

January 6, 2014 – 2:01 am | No Comment

Book Review – Emerald City by Jennifer Egan
by Ben Macnair
The author Jennifer Egan made her name with a series of critically acclaimed, commercially successful novels, such as ‘A Visit from …

Jason Mashak’s book Salty as a Lip

September 1, 2013 – 6:41 am | No Comment
Jason Mashak’s book Salty as a Lip

SOLD OUT!
Limited amount in first printing. Covers are hand printed on an 1890’s printing press for a rich black ink. Prices include shipping!
Read an interview w/ Jason Mashak here.
Early …

Review of Apathy and other Small Disasters by Paul Neilan

July 26, 2013 – 2:56 am | No Comment

Review of Apathy and other Small Disasters by Paul Neilan
St Martin’s Griffin Publishing, ISBN 978 0 312 352196
Paper-back – 231 Pages
by Ben Macnair
“If Tolstoy were alive today and working as …

Book Review – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

July 9, 2013 – 2:04 am | One Comment

Book Review – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Simon and Schuster – ISBN 978 1 84739 4071
by Ben Macnair
Stephen Chbosky’s novel ‘The Perks of being a Wallflower’ …

Review of the book “The Confidant” by Helene Gremillon

January 21, 2013 – 5:08 am | 2 Comments

 
Review of the book “The Confidant” by Helene Gremillon
Review by Ben Macnair
Helene Gremillon’s new novel ‘The Confidant’ is the type of book that hooks you from the beginning, and by …

Review of the book “I Suck at Girls”

January 15, 2013 – 4:01 pm | One Comment

Review of the book “I Suck at Girls” by Justin Halpern
Review by Ben Macnair
Following the critical and commercial success of ‘Sh*t my Dad Says’ would be no easy task, but …

Review of An Object of Beauty

September 18, 2012 – 11:07 am | One Comment

Review of An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
Review by Ben Macnair
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
ISBN 0446573647
Steve Martin’s third novel …

Review of Fifty Shades of Grey

July 18, 2012 – 1:05 am | One Comment

Review of Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

Review by Katrina Lumsden

What in the hell just happened? Did I really read that? Oh, my god, I did. I did read …

eview of James D Quinton’s new book.

June 25, 2012 – 2:49 am | No Comment

The City Is On Fire And Has Been For Weeks by James D Quinton
Explosive Books, 9780956782311 Available from Amazon
Review by Ben Macnair
Following the well-received Street Psalms James D Quinton returns …

Review of Dang

June 7, 2012 – 8:55 am | One Comment

Dang
24 pages, stapled, black and white.
April 2012 issue.
It had been awhile since I went to record store. I mean a real record store, where they sell vinyl almost exclusively. There’s …

Review of White Tiger by Aravind Aduga

June 4, 2012 – 8:43 am | No Comment

Desperate for Success
by Jennifer Smith
In the novel, The White Tiger, by Aravind Aduga, the protagonist Balram is wanted for murdering Mr. Ashok, his boss. However, he does not live a …

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