Displaying articles for: November 2012

Panning For Indie Gold


I buy a lot of indie books. I mean, a lot. If you were to examine my reader, you’d probably find a 75/25 mix of indie-to-trad books. Part of that ratio is my desire to support fellow indie authors. Part of it is the very attractive indie pricing. And of course, part of it is the thrill of finding  new and compelling voices. While it’s true that I don’t finish every indie book I start due to quality issues, I do so love the quest!


For my first Love Rocks column, I’m going to profile a pair of authors whose work I know well. They are hybrid authors, having a foot in both traditional and indie publishing worlds, but their indie work truly deserves more attention. 



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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.