Reviews and Blog Posts: satire

A confederacy of dunces

by John Kennedy Toole

Reviewer Rating:
3

Working with readers at DPL, I've noticed that this novel is often cited as either a reader's most favorite or least favorite novel. Naturally, I had to see for myself on which side of the line I fell. And wouldn't you know it? I came down right in the middle.

English majors

Reviewer Rating:
3

Prairie Home Companion meets a modern who’s who of American writers and poets. This audio features comedic sketches from NPR’s Prairie Home Companion from Dave Barry, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, Allan Ginsberg and Calvin Trillin. The audio is two discs long that should have been edited down to one really...

A high wind in Jamaica

by Richard Arthur Warren Hughes

Reviewer Rating:
4

One of the lesser known titles on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels is A High Wind in Jamaica, published by Richard Hughes in 1929. Set in the aftermath of the Emancipation of the British West Indies, the novel tells the story of the British Bas-Thornton family and is primarily filtered...

Tenth of December

by George Saunders

Reviewer Rating:
4

George Saunders is a brilliant writer and widely unknown until this year.  Tenth of December broke him out into the writing limelight with its wide critical acclaim and appeal.  What I love about Saunders is that his stories start in everyday settings - suburban homes, dysfunctional workplaces, community fundraisers -...

Cinderella screwed me over

by Cindi Madsen

Reviewer Rating:
3

Cindi Madsen is the author of YA novels All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, and Demons of the Sun and adult contemporary romances Falling for her Fiancé and Act Like You Love MeCinderella Screwed Me Over, a women’s fiction novel, is the newest offering from this Colorado author.  No matter...

The circle : a novel

by Dave Eggers

Reviewer Rating:
3

This is one of the scariest visions of a near-future world I've read in a while. Mae Holland has just landed a coveted job at The Circle (think a global-reaching combination of Facebook, Twitter, Google, and all e-Commerce and you're partway there). She starts out in "customer experience" answering queries...

Dante's Inferno

by 1265-1321 Dante Alighieri

Reviewer Rating:
5

In Sandow Birk’s Dante’s Inferno, Birk’s starkly beautiful  drawings show a street kid Dante carrying his skateboard through hell, following after a Virgil who often looks like a street bum in his robes. Together they negotiate a Los Angeles-like hell of tattered alleyways, ATMs, long unending strip mall streets, palm...

Beauty queens

by Libba Bray

Reviewer Rating:
4

The teen dream beauty pageant contestants are ready to take the world by storm with their beauty, intellect, and totally amazing sequin gowns. But of course nothing goes as planned and their plane crashes on what they think is a deserted island. The surviving girls at first consider practicing for...

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