Search Results: "Mario Benedetti"


BOOK REVIEW

BLOOD PACT by Mario Benedetti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

Blood Pact ($14.00 paperback original; Apr. 1997; 216 pp.; 1-880684-39-X): An omnibus collection of 26 stories written over a 40-year period by an accomplished satirist and fantasist who might be called an Uruguayan Kafka (with an added dash of O. Henry). Read full book review >

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SHOT IN THE CATHEDRAL by Mario Bencastro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Shot In The Cathedral ($18.95; Sept. 1, 1996; 220 pp.; 1-55885- 164-X): A skillful balance between journalistic reportage and a subjective focus on the lives of ordinary people afflicted by political upheaval distinguishes this otherwise familiar (and somewhat melodramatic) picture of El Salvador under siege in the late 1970s. Read full book review >

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China: The Big Lie? by Mario Cavolo
NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 2014

"A breezy overview of Chinese spending habits that predicts a rosy future for the world's fastest-growing economy."
A commentary on the cash economy of China that intersperses economic discussions with personal asides from Cavolo's (Catalysts to Change, 2013) experiences living and working in the Far East country. Read full book review >

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THE ROMA PLOT by Mario Bolduc
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Displaying a lively curiosity for Romanian history and contemporary life in Bucharest, Bolduc weaves seemingly disparate plot threads into a twisted yet coherent yarn."
A strange case of wholesale murder has roots in the second world war and the brutalities of the German concentration camps. Read full book review >

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THE GODFATHER by Mario Puzo
Released: March 10, 1969

"A Mafia Whiteoaks, bound for popularity, once you get past the author's barely concealed admiration for the 'ethics' and postulates of primitive power plays."
Ten years in the workaday progress of a New York Mafia sort of family dynasty tale with all the attendant flurries of great houses at war. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 1994

"Perhaps Cuomo's future campaign committee will buy and distribute this book; it has little other purpose."
An odd, self-serving mix—part New York handbook, part explanation of recent state initiatives, part future campaign manifesto—from New York's governor (Diaries of Mario M. Cuomo, 1984). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 2013

"An absorbing, persuasive reminder that science is not a direct march to the truth."
Astrophysicist and popular science writer Livio (Is God a Mathematician?, 2009, etc.) delivers entertaining accounts of how five celebrated scientists went wrong. Read full book review >

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THE HOLY EMBRACE by Mario Brelich
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

Italian author Brelich, whose previous book focused on the biblical Noah's post-deluge alcoholism (Navigator of the Flood, not reviewed), now tackles the conjugal union of Abraham and Sarah in a verbosely written ``novelized essay.'' Actually, Brelich (191082) sees the relationship as a sort of mÇnage Ö trois among Abraham, Sarah, and God: Abraham takes the role of submissive subordinate (sometimes to God, other times to Sarah); Sarah plays the first stereotypical frigid Jewish princess; and God appears as a somewhat muddled and histrionic divinity. Read full book review >

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THE NYMPHOS OF ROCKY FLATS by Mario Acevedo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2006

"Who knew nymphos could be so boring?"
A soldier turned vampire is hired by an alien posing as an old friend to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania at a Department of Energy facility. Seriously. Read full book review >

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WHY by Mario Livio
Released: July 11, 2017

"The concept of curiosity is a tough nut to crack. Livio is not shy about admitting its difficulties, and he makes an admirable effort to explain complex and still-not-well-understood ideas."
An astrophysicist asks, "what are the underlying mechanisms of curiosity and exploration?" Read full book review >