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Volume III, Issue 7
August 9 - August 16, 1999  
 
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Love In The Afternoon [2]
Learning the ropes at the Romance Writers of America convention.
— Tony Peregrin, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Fiction
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Fully Developed [3]
Josh Russell's "Yellow Jack" is historical fiction of impressive depth.
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Ecstatic Appeal [4]
Roberts' novel is imaginative, disturbing and thought-provoking.
— Christine Wald-Hopkins, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Amazing Grace [5]
"Last Things" is decidedly mature, full of intelligent characters and a languid, comic terror.
— James Garrison, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Snow Job [6]
In her new novel "Snow Man," author Carolyn Chute trades one hell for another.
— Sarah Schulman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Cactus Spine-Tingler [7]
J.A. Jance's latest mystery is a perfect airplane read-entertaining, if not exactly challenging.
— Tom Danehy, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Non-fiction
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Haughty Libertine [8]
Gore Vidal may want to overthrow heterosexuality, but his just-published anthology of sex pieces proves he's no liberal.
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
How Do You Get to Arrakis? [9]
The Dictionary of Science Fiction Places reviewed.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Now What? [12]
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

ore than 1,700 published and unpublished romance authors, literary agents and publishing execs gathered in Chicago for the Nineteenth Annual Romance Writers of America national conference, mostly a whirlwind of workshops covering everything from sex scenes to crime scenes.

Josh Russell has performed alchemy of sorts with his first novel, "Yellow Jack," distilling the New Orleans of the mid-1800s, the fever of the title, and the savage lives of the characters into a work of terrible beauty.

From a distance, Gore Vidal's sexual politics look fair -- the state should not interfere in private sexual behavior, the insistence that all kinds of prohibition are doomed to failure -- but reading on it becomes clear that Vidal is impatient with the moral dictates of a majority that he despises.

Also, novels about saints and comic terror, the "Dictionary of Science Fiction Places," and more.



Mini Reviews
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The Poetry of Pain [10]

  • "The Fires" by René Steinke
  • "Lorca : A Dream of Life" by Leslie Stainton
  • "Latino Heretics" edited by Tony Diaz
  • "An Equal Music" by Vikram Seth
  • "California Fire & Life" by Don Winslow
  • "Billy and Girl" by Deborah Levy
  • "Virgin Fiction 2" edited by Eugene Stein
  • "My Date With Satan" by Stacey Richter

Off the Bookshelf [11]
  • "Sky Over El Nido" by C.M. Mayo
  • "Body" edited by Sharon Sloan Fiffer and Steve Fiffer
  • "The Inn at Lake Devine" by Elinor Lipman
  • "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig


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