Two… That’s Right Two… New Books of the Month for Yers…

Posted: September 14, 2012 in Books of the Month, Writing Talk

That’s right, I’ve got a Twofer for you for September’s Book of the Month. Two great new books, both alike in dignity, both from straight outta leftfield and both come highly recommended. I’ve reviewed both for the New York Journal of Books, and before writing this I really couldn’t decide which one was the best. And I even thought about letting them settle it Harry Hill style – FIIIIIIIIGGGGGHHHT – but then decided to plat my ass firmly on the fence and vote for both of them. So here you go. Get your reading gear around these two gladiatorial contenders.

The Dog Stars CoverThe Dog Stars by Peter Heller

“. . . a heavenly book, a stellar achievement by a debut novelist . . . gleams with vitality, . . . sparkles with wit.”

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller is a heavenly book, a stellar achievement by a debut novelist that manages to combine sparkling prose with truly memorable, shining, characters. It contains constellations of grand images and ideas, gleams with vitality, and sparkles with wit. And for a story of this ilk, it is also—a rarity—radiant with hope.

Read the full review here.

Bree coverBreed by Chase Novak

“. . . daring . . . a story of the Promethean folly of human beings. . . . visceral . . . grueling . . .”

Chase Novak’s newly born Breed is not cute.

Nobody will ever coo over it or pinch its little rosy cheeks. Nor will it ever win any bouncing baby competitions. Indeed, one can imagine this novel conceived in a “workshop of filthy creation” (as in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein).

Like Frankenstein, this is a dark work of fiction that overcomes—no, transcends—genre boundaries and embraces the category of literary fiction despite being . . . ugly, or at least dealing with ugly subjects. Breed might just turn out to be Chase Novak’s prodigal son.

Read the full review here.

And read more of my reviews on The New York Journal of Books website here.

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