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  • 'The Childs Child' by Ruth Rendell is sluggish and obvious

    'The Childs Child' by Ruth Rendell is sluggish and obvious
    If there were a Mount Rushmore of English crime fiction, it would feature the chiseled faces of Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, P.D. James and Ruth Rendell. (Yes, all women, but that's another essay.) Of this august quartet, Rendell is perhaps the simplest and therefore best writer — the most authoritative voice on the page, celebrated for a peculiarly British matter-of-factness. When she or her narrators tell you something, they do it so crisply and definitively that you're compelled to believe it; any other course of action would be foolhardy, and you have a feeling that the author never suffers fools gladly, or indeed at all. Reading one of her books, you unconsciously sit up straight, as if at any moment Baroness Rendell (as she's known these days in the House of Lords) might enter the room and fix you with a cold, correcting stare.
  • Libby Fischer Hellmann follows suspenseful new paths

    Libby Fischer Hellmann follows suspenseful new paths
    Early in her career as an author, Libby Fischer Hellmann had written three unpublished novels, and thought she was hot stuff. Then her agent told her she needed to change her writing, her characters and her voice, and while she was at it, she needed...

    Isn't Lemony Snicket for kids?

    Isn't Lemony Snicket for kids?
    Children in my neighborhood were constantly being orphaned. You go out one afternoon to play, and bam! Your parents are dead in a car accident and you are forced to live in a tree fort of your own making, eating blackberries and otherwise sharpening...

    Why you should read genre books

    Why you should read genre books
    I'm usually reading four or five books at a time. At the moment, I'm in the middle of Husain Haddawy's enchanting translation of “The Arabian Nights” (forget Cervantes and Sterne — this is where postmodernism begins); Jean-Luc Marion's...

    Memories that bind

    Memories that bind
    Books often play a big role in people's holiday memories. Some of us receive a gift book that becomes a cherished memento or starts us on a lifelong love of reading. Or a family reads a certain book each year as part of their holiday traditions. We...