Search Results: "William T. Stewart"


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Dark South by William T. Stewart
Released: May 12, 2014

"Quite a collection of dark gems; readers looking for somber tales with Southern flair need look no further."
Stewart's debut is a collection of short horror stories from the Southern U.S., where ghosts, vampires and the darker side of humanity tend to reside. Read full book review >

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THE DYING GRASS by William T. Vollmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"Telegraphic and episodic—so much so that it recalls the later work of Eduardo Galeano—Vollmann's saga is a note-perfect incantation. Stunning."
The indefatigable, seemingly inexhaustible Vollmann (Last Stories and Other Stories, 2014, etc.) returns with another impossibly long—and peerless—book, this one an epic study of the Nez Percé War of 1877.Read full book review >

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IMPERIAL by William T. Vollmann
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2009

"Magnificent, impressive and utterly unique. A word to anyone seeking to follow Vollmann's path, however: Get your gamma globulin shots, and write shorter."
Vollmann (Riding Toward Everywhere, 2008, etc.) has yet to meet a subject he cannot convert into a tome to rival the Manhattan phone book. So it is with this long, strange trip through California's Imperial County. Read full book review >

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LAST STORIES AND OTHER STORIES by William T. Vollmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2014

"Exquisite: beautifully, perfectly imagined and written. Weird, too. A little heavy for the beach, perhaps, but perfect reading for the Day of the Dead."
Vollmann (The Book of Dolores, 2013, etc.) turns his considerable intelligence and skill to a broad genre that doesn't get much respect—namely, the ghost story. Read full book review >

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THE ATLAS by William T. Vollmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"One weeps somewhat reflexively for the lost souls mirrored in these fragments; more heartfelt, unfortunately, is a horror at the squandering of such a prodigious prose talent. (Author tour)"
Making a bid for the bleakest book of the year, Vollmann (Butterfly Stories, 1993, etc.) fashions a world-wide web of despair in a palindrome of 53 stories, each having to do with sorrow or loss, and often involving the hopeless lives of whores from Cambodia to Canada. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1992

"For all their purposeful irony, though, his short-take recollections add little to our understanding of a tragic chapter in world history."
Just why a respected and talented young novelist like Vollman (Fathers and Crows, reviewed above, etc.) would want to publish dated jottings on a 1982 sojourn around and, briefly, in war-torn Afghanistan is anyone's guess. Read full book review >

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BUTTERFLY STORIES by William T. Vollmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 1993

"The flesh-peddling and sensory overload of Southeast Asia fill every page, but they're given such a weak lead that the story has nowhere to go: scenes of decay and corruption rule in unchallenged succession."
The prolific Vollmann, fresh from a sadomasochistic survey in Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs (p. 258), makes another savage thrust into society's sexual fringes with this fractured tale of Southeast Asian prostitutes and a journalist who couldn't say no. Read full book review >

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RIDING TOWARD EVERYWHERE by William T. Vollmann
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2008

"Sometimes entertaining, sometimes annoying: an essay that takes the reader on a trip around the author's psyche but otherwise seems to go nowhere."
An introspective, idiosyncratic tribute to train-hopping, replete with nods to Kerouac, Whitman, Hemingway, Twain, London and Thoreau. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2012 by William T. Vollmann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Mostly engaging, diverse tales of offbeat travel adventures."
The latest intriguing batch of travel writing from the venerable series. Read full book review >