Search Results: "Dennis Cooper"


BOOK REVIEW

SANDY DENNIS by Sandy Dennis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 27, 1997

"Despite the editor's best efforts to weld these disparate fragments together, they never really cohere into anything more than a series of precious, pointillist moments. (23 b&w photos, not seen)"
Sometimes there are pressing reasons to publish a work posthumously. Read full book review >

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GARY COOPER by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"The book's lifeless prose suggests great haste and no small lack of interest. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The indefatigably prolific Meyers (Bogart: A Life in Hollywood, 1997, etc.) continues to work his way through the major icons of American film. Read full book review >

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Released: July 18, 2012

"A satisfying, feel-good novel about human shortcomings, perseverance and serendipity."
Big changes befall the sleepy town of Timber Lake, Mich., in a novel about ordinary people who try to achieve extraordinary goals after a local man finds God during a night of heavy drinking. Read full book review >

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COLLECTING COOPER by Paul Cleave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2011

"Horrormeister Cleave (Blood Men, 2010, etc.), who is surely indebted to John Fowles' The Collector for aspects of his plot, will scare you to death, or at least to the point of keeping a night light on."
Serial killers collide in Christchurch, New Zealand. Read full book review >

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THE MARBLED SWARM by Dennis Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A button-pushing portrait of sex and rage, told with Sade-esque fervor, but is it futile to ask for more coherence from a madman's laments?"
The ever-transgressive novelist attempts a high-toned novel about rape, incest and cannibalism. Read full book review >

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MY LOOSE THREAD by Dennis Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Enough glimpses of the familiar to make a skin-crawling read. In spite of the taboos being flaunted, this is a remarkable portrait of a soul in hell."
Ever true to his transgressive muse, Cooper opens another shop of horrors suitable to follow his five-novel cycle (Period, 2000, etc.), here coupling sexually involved teenaged brothers with a post-Columbine world skanky enough to strike dread into the heart of any parent of adolescents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PERIOD by Dennis Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2000

"Period."
Skaggy warthog fiction about the serial murders committed by the 'Omen,' a transcendence-seeking Goth band of rockers who drive in their van from small town to small town for performances while picking up likely subjects to castrate and kill for Satan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UGLY MAN by Dennis Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"Some people call Cooper a maverick moralist and an innovative stylist. Well, some people will swallow almost anything."
More sexually based offenses from the master, so to speak, of gay sadomasochistic overkill (The Weaklings, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRY by Dennis Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"There is no narrative momentum in what is essentially a tableau of victims and predators; even so, the power is there."
Caveats often accompany reviews of Cooper's work (Frisk, Wrong, etc.), and it's not hard to see why. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WRONG by Dennis Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 1992

"Here, Cooper is part psychic, acutely probing the blank frightening faces behind the news, and part sicko, getting off on gratuitous, and often very graphic, sex."
Those familiar with Cooper's graphic homoerotic oeuvre (Closer, Frisk) might find this collection—impressions of sadism and pornography that too often lose their aesthetic distance- -interesting commentary from a writer compared to Sade and Genet. Read full book review >

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FRISK by Dennis Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"It's too bad that his conventional pseudo-clinical treatment of such lives is more jaded and monotonous than revelatory."
Cooper (Closer, ) specializes in graphic forays into the punk/gay subculture of pornographic sex and mad-slasher violence. Read full book review >

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GOD JR. by Dennis Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"A refreshing departure from the obsessive redundancy of its predecessors. Probably Cooper's best yet."
And now for something different from the master of homosexual punk sadomasochism. Read full book review >