Review of DODGERS by Bill Beverly

DODGERS Bill Beverly April 2016 Crown The first allowance-money purchase I can recall was a cassette copy of Run-DMC’s Raising Hell as a second-grader in some certainly long-defunct chain store. I can’t quite explain what led an eight year-old in small-town East Texas to hip-hop. I can just say that it spoke to me in a way little else had. I’m sure I had absolutely no idea what most of it meant, but I loved it. That’s stuck with me throughout my life. Any child that started out on Run-DMC almost certainly graduated, at some point, to three-minute tales of urban crime, whether the Mafioso fantasies of Kool G Rap, the brazen ultraviolence of...

SHOVEL READY by Adam Sternbergh

SHOVEL READY by Adam Sternbergh January 2014 Crown This book is: Noir/hard-boiled. Post-apocalyptic. Dystopian. Palahniuk-ian. Darkly noble. Our reluctant, angry, terse antihero is Spademan. His days of collecting trash on the streets of bustling Manhattan came to an end with the dirty bomb that hit Time Square. He lost his wife. He lost his city, or what it used to be. And he lost himself. Now he collects human refuse with a caveat – no children. And when you call, please, don’t tell him the why of it. Just who it is and where they’ll be. Think of me more like a bullet. Just point. His tool of choice is a box-cutter. Spademan lives in a...

Antonio Hill Interview

Antonio Hill took the time to answer a few questions for us. His first book is just coming out here in the US and it’s wonderful. Also one of my all time favorite book titles! THE SUMMER OF DEAD TOYS Jon: Antonio, I would like to start off by saying that the title, THE SUMMER OF DEAD TOYS is a real attention grabber and one of my all time favorites. Where did it come from? Antonio: Thank you. I am glad you like it. In fact, the title came to my mind when I had written half of the novel; I wanted it to express the idea of broken childhoods, without being too obvious about it. That’s why I used two “positive” ideas...

Interview with David C Robertson, author of BRICK ...

Interview with David C Robertson, author of BRICK BY BRICK (How Lego rewrote the rules of innovation and conquered the global toy industry) Jon: David, the first thing I’d like to know is did you play with Lego as a kid, and do you still play with Lego? David: I did have LEGO as a kid, although it wasn’t my favorite toy. My two favorite toys were Hot Wheels and slot cars. One thing I learned during my book research is how much LEGO changed in the late 1970s. In 1978, LEGO came out with the first minifigure, and the first fantasy sets. They rescaled most of the creations around the minifigure, and introduced the Space and Castle...

THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON by Elizabeth Sil...

THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON Elizabeth Silver June 2013 Crown Publishers Noa P. Singleton sits on death row, months away from her execution day. From her cell, she begins to tell her story, noting that “In this world, you are either good or evil.” Noa considers the gray area in between to be a mere gestational period. That the world has already marked you, one way or the other. And Noa is very aware of the mark on her. How did she go from being the salutatorian of her high school and with a full scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, to a woman who easily proclaims herself guilty? Does she lay the blame on her upbringing by a...