Category Archives: BOOK REVIEWS

Banned Books Week: Catcher in The Rye

SALINGER As the discussion continues in the United States about Freedom and Expression, Catcher in the Rye, like Great Gatsby, Catch-22, Leaves of Grass, and many others have been recognized by the Library of Congress as "Books that shaped America." Salinger's books accompanied by Salinger, the documentary, have been reviewed with complete freedom.     J.D. Salinger, the recluse author of Catcher in the Rye is revealed through interviews, footage, stories, and his written words Read more [...]

The Falk McCoy Mystery Series, Marshall Boyd

Literary Review for Marshall Boyd "What is unusual in Miami…? Everything is unusual." No one other than Marshall Boyd, author of the Falk McCoy mystery series, can mirror the Magic City's crime, passion, and diversity. Faker, Death of a Dead Man, Miami Lovers, Wanton Needs, and Rue are perfect novels for those who have a penchant of the Mystery genre. Faker Marshall Boyd is a prolific and meticulous story-teller in this murder mystery based in Miami. Falk McCoy, the tough as nails and tenacious Read more [...]

Donald Goines Selection Review

Donald Goines The selection is a review of acclaimed novels by Donald Goines: Dopefiend, Whoreson, and White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief are what Greg Goode of the University of Rochester called, "A new fictional genre...ghetto realism." Dopefiend Raw. This is the word that describes Dopefiend. Based in a Detroit ghetto, Goines tells you the story about his experiences as an addict. He places the reader in very uncomfortable situations: junkies getting their fix, prostitutes with their Read more [...]

Miami Babylon—Gerald Posner

Miami Babylon—Gerald Posner “Too Much is Never Enough” Bienvenido a Miami Beach—A place that is pure, scenes that are graphic, people who are greedy, and a multi-cultural society which is collectively colorful. Miami Babylon, published in 2009, is a social and historical timeline of Miami Beach. This is not your average text of footnotes which are marked by milestones for those who reside in a particular place, like the beach, to be docent guiding visitors to the important figures, symbolic Read more [...]

Wanton Needs—Marshall Boyd

Wanton Needs—Marshall Boyd Coffee is like a bad woman, rough on the nerves, but good for the spirit—Falk McCoy Wanton Needs, the fourth book by author Marshall Boyd of the Falk McCoy Mystery series, begins at the familiar Glades Hotel and then crisscrosses Miami by covering the cultures and countries that are the identity of the Magic City. At Amantes, a supper club located on the second floor of the Glades Hotel, Garcia (owner of the hotel) and Mystel (Falk’s lover and proprietor of the Read more [...]

Death of a Dead Man—Marshall Boyd

DEATH OF A DEAD MAN—MARSHALL BOYD “What is unusual in Miami…? Everything is unusual,” Orlando Mano tells Falk McCoy on a corner street at his fruit stand near the Glades Hotel. “Death of a Dead Man” is Marshall Boyd’s second book in the Falk McCoy Mystery series. It is the prequel to “Faker” and it offers the reader an inside look at Boyd’s characters. “Faker” is a great mystery that stands on its own two feet. “Death of a Dead Man” compliments his first book. McCoy’s Read more [...]

The Unfortunates—B.S. Johnson

The Unfortunates A switch cycle of stories spread across my chess table, and like the game of chess, there is a first and last move—the variations are not in order. Twenty-seven short stories, to be more specific, some were one page, and others six, but all the stories were part of a timeline for me to choose my first story of B.S. Johnson’s, The Unfortunates. I parted the First and the Last pages before placing half of the remaining 25 pages clockwise, and then the other half counterclockwise. Read more [...]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas—Hunter S. Thompson Caution: Working lizard bouncing in Las Vegas. Be prepared to let Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo bend, bounce, and bound your fictional reading for a journalistic jolt of an ether experience. “Did you see the guy running after George Forman with a tennis racket?” said Hunter S. Thompson to George Plimpton, who was in the Hotel Inter-Continental in Zaire, Africa for the Ali vs Foreman fight. Plimpton writes in Shadow Boxer, “When Read more [...]

The Lords Notes on Visions—Jim Morrison

The Lords Notes on Visions   Jim Morrison (Selection Review) I’ve always had an appreciation of poetry, but I didn’t read it outside of the school curriculum. Morrison’s book of poems, The Lords and The New Creatures,  was the first book of poetry that I read and recited. I knew Jim Morrison was the lead singer for the Doors, but I didn’t know he had poetry published. In 1987 I was listening to everything from Pop to Reggae and Rap to Classic Rock. However, I was always intrigued Read more [...]