Classic Returns Reviews | December 15, 2005

By Michael Rogers

Fiction | Nonfiction


Appel, Benjamin. Brain Guy/Plunder. 338p. ISBN 1-933586-01-X [ISBN 978-1-933586-01-4].
Rabe, Peter. Blood on the Desert/A House in Naples. 308p. ISBN 1-933586-00-1 [ISBN 978-1-933586-00-7].
Randisi, Robert J. The Ham Reporter/The Disappearance of Penny. 335p. ISBN 0-9749438-9-4 [ISBN 978-0-9749438-9-3].
ea. vol: Stark House. Jan. 2006. pap. $19.95. F

A fine trio of double mysteries/thrillers from Stark House. Appel and Randisi are from the hard-boiled crime school, while Rabe writes spy novels.

Card, Orson Scott. Treason. Orb: Tor. Feb. 2006. c.275p. ISBN 0-7653-0904-1. pap. $14.95. SF

This revision of Card’s 1978 A Planet Called Treason contains roughly ten percent new material.

Ehrlich, Gretel. Drinking Dry Clouds. Univ. of Nebraska. 2005. 160p. ISBN 0-8032-6754-1. pap. $18.95. F

LJ‘s reviewer found these short pieces "delicate, sturdy, and skillful."

Hamill, Pete. The Gift. Little, Brown. 2005. 153p. ISBN 0-316-01189-4. $16.95. F

Hamill’s 1973 Christmas story sure ain’t Dickens. Set in 1952, it follows a young sailor on shore leave after serving in Korea. In a Brooklyn bar over a cup of holiday cheer – actually many of them – he finally comes to know his estranged father.

Hawkes, John. Second Skin. New Directions, dist. by Norton. 2005. 210p. ISBN 0-8112-1644-6. pap. $14.95. F

Released in 1963, Hawkes’s cerebral novel unfurls its narrator’s life story – a gallery of heartbreaks dotted with smatterings of joy.

March, William. The Bad Seed. Ecco: HarperCollins. 2005. 217p. ISBN 0-06-079548-4. pap. $12.95. F

March’s potboiler about a child who is a sadistic killer sold more than a million copies in 1954. It was adapted as a highly successful Broadway play and Hollywood film.

Oz, Amos. My Michael. Harcourt. 2005. 253p. ISBN 0-15-603160-4. pap. $13. F

Set in Jerusalem, Oz’s poignant story of a disintegrating marriage was hailed by critics and readers alike at its debut in 1968.

Sade, Marquis de. The Gothic Tales of the Marquis de Sade. Peter Owen, dist by Dufour. Jan. 2006. 188p. ISBN 0-7206-1251-9. pap. $23.95. F

The eight stories gathered here are among the notorious author’s most tame and approachable works, but they still contain some of his signature touches.

Sarraute, Nathalie. The Planetarium. Dalkey Archive. 2005. 246p. ISBN 1-56478-410-X. pap. $12.95. F

The French novelist’s 1959 relates the story of a family at Amber Jewelry, Tea Sets, Sleeping Bags, Wholesale Tea Sets odds, told from several points of view.

Zebrowski, George. Macrolife. Pyr: Prometheus. Jan. 2006. c.385p. illus. ISBN 1-59102-341-6. pap. $15. SF

LJ dubbed the Nebula-winning author’s 1979 sf volume one of the genre’s 100 best novels. This edition sports new illustrations, a revised intro by Ian Watson, and a new afterword by Zebrowski.


Béliveau, Jean. My Life in Hockey. Greystone. 2005. 312p. photogs. index. ISBN 1-55365-149-9. pap. $18.95. SPORTS

Bélieveau, captain of the Montreal Canadiens during their 1950s and 1960s heyday, here updates his 1994 portrait of himself and the game to include his battle with cancer and hockey today.

Dunlap, William. A History of the American Theatre: From Its Origins to 1832. Univ. of Illinois. 2005. 444p. index. ISBN 0-252-07285-5. pap. $30. THEATER

Dunlap, a playwright, producer, and cofounder of the first U.S. theatrical company, published this work in 1832. It traces the history of theater from Colonial times.

Kolakowski, Leszek. Main Currents of Marxism. Norton. 2005. 1284p. index. ISBN 0-393-06054-3. $49.95. POL SCI

This combines the author’s The Founders, The Golden Age, and The Breakdown into a single package, with a new preface and epilog.

Miller, Arthur. Collected Plays: 1944 – 1961. Library of America. Feb. 2006. c.774p. ISBN 1-931082-91-X. $35. Drama

Miller takes his rightful place in the Library of America with this volume containing Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, The Man Who Had All the Luck, An Enemy of the People, A Memory of Two Mondays, and The Misfits.

Miller, Nathan. Broadsides: The Age of Fighting Sail, 1775 – 1815. 388p. ISBN 0-7858-2022-1.
Unger, Harlow Giles. John Hancock: Merchant King and American Patriot. 383p. ISBN 0-7858-2026-4.
ea. vol: Castle. 2005. illus. index. $9.95. HIST

Two more beautiful hardcover histories on the cheap from Castle.

Moran, Lord. Churchill: The Struggle for Survival, 1945 – 60. Carroll & Graf. Feb. 2006. c.464p. ISBN 0-7867-1706-8 [ISBN 978-0-7867-1706-4]. pap. $15.95. HIST

In his second volume in a series, Moran, Churchill’s physician and friend, gives the inside line on the British prime minister.

Phillips, Katharine A. The Broken Mirror. OxfordUniv. 2005. 412p. illus. index. ISBN 0-19-516718-X. $45. PSYCH

The expanded edition of Phillips’s book delves further into body dysmorphic disorder, an obsession with an imagined physical abnormality. With today’s emphasis on physical appearance and the lengths to which many go to alter theirs, this book remains timely.

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