Category Archives: BOOK REVIEWS

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 [...]

Hopscotch—Julio Cortázar

  Hopscotch—Julio Cortázar In the narrative of Cortázar’s Hopscotch, he analyzes the game of hopscotch after the main character, Oliveira, engages with a clocharde named Emmanuéle on the streets of Paris: “One day you learn how to leave Earth and make the pebble climb into Heaven…the worst part of it is that precisely at that moment…no one has learned how to make the pebble climb up into Heaven.” Cortázar continues this idea about failing to reach Heaven in the game: Read more [...]

Dopefiend—Donald Goines

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 "johns,"  and the use of heroine being cooked up. Goines hits you with the needle that leaves a mark in your psyche. Like any great novel, the unexpected is vital. In Dopefiend, the unexpected is deliberately disturbing. There are very few characters in this Read more [...]

Faker—Marshall Boyd

  Marshall Boyd is a prolific and meticulous story-teller in this murder mystery based in Miami. Falk McCoy, the tough as nails and tenacious detective takes the reader for an investigation of gruesome killings. Falk McCoy’s every move from Miami to the Everglades is captivating. As the story evolves you begin to appreciate the relationships of the characters. Boyd develops each of the individuals for the reader to understand their strengths and weaknesses. You feel the richness of Read more [...]