Review: Lies: A fair and balanced look at the right, By Al Franken

First, I’d like to say that I wasn’t a big Al Franken fan when he wrote for and appeared on SNL. Second, if you’re a registered Republican, you’re probably not going to enjoy this book. Having said that, this is the second book by the author I’ve read and I’ve really enjoyed both. Hey, I’m man enough to admit that I’m a liberal commie bastard, I really liked it.

In a nutshell, the book is a response to the conservative media: Fox News, Ann Coulter, et al. I’m not going to claim the book is gospel, but it makes some fair points – and it was entertaining. However, it’s not one joke after another. There are some serious discussions of issues that don’t lend themselves to non-stop humor – and the author wisely doesn’t try.

Lies, @ Amazon

Review: Slow River by Nicola Griffith

I’ve tentatively decided to engage in the ultimate exercise in arrogance – I’m going to presume you want my opinion about the books I’ve read. You guessed it – this is my first book review. I promise to keep it brief.

The latest book in my reading binge was classified as science fiction, but that doesn’t really do it justice. Slow River is not your father’s Sci Fi thriller. For starters, it’s not a thriller. It’s three stories told at once, about the three lives lived by an abducted woman in the near future: her pre-abduction life of privilege, her post-escape life in hiding, and her current attempts to reconcile the two.

This was not one of my favorites, but it came oh so close. Good characters and a good story make a good combination, but this isn’t for folks looking for a story that grabs you by the throat from the first page on. I had to pamper this one for a bit, but it paid off after a minimal investment of my time.

Snow River @ Amazon