Monday, June 29, 2009
PROS and CONS by Paul De Fazio, Michael DeFazio.
PROS and CONS by Paul De Fazio, Michael DeFazio. (High-Pitched Hum Publishing 321 15th St. North Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250)
* trade or soft cover book is available at www.faze2publishing.com or ordered through local book store for $17.95 (hard cover is sold out).
The suspense novel Pros and Cons by Paul DeFazio and Michael DeFazio has all the earmarks of an action/thriller movie. There is ample sex, and violence, enough to keep a rating board fully occupied and preoccupied. It concerns a Boston police detective Joe Milano and his cousin Frank, a Boston corrections officer, and their lethal clash with Dominican drug dealers. Paul DeFazio has extensive backgrounds in law enforcement, and this evidenced in the use all the criminal justice jargon, and the very off-the-cuff, and tough dialogue. In this novel you get in a lot of places you have no business being in: in the nefarious head of a drug dealer and enforcer, a Dominican brothel, the dank despair of a Boston prison. Don’t look for profound insights into the human condition, literary allusions, and language flush with metaphor.
This novel makes no pretense towards being a high literary work. This is a straight-no-chaser example of genre writing. It is formulaic, cinematic, and in your face. In this book you might find out more than you want to know about sex hobbyists, but then again …you seem to linger on that page, now don’t you, pal? And Boston-area residents will like all the local references: Roxbury, Mass. General Hospital, the dirty water of the Charles River, and other settings in the land of the Bean and the Cod, the Cabot, and the Lodge. This book is a quick summer read, and it goes down as smoothly as that umbrella drink you will be sipping on, on some sun-drenched beach.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
June 23, 5PM Paul Stone Interviews Doug Holder Well folks, in this show we turn the tables. Paul Stone author of "Or So It Seems," and "How to Train a Rock" interviews Doug Holder, the host of the said show and the author of "The Man in the Booth in the Midtown Tunnel," and "From the Paris of New England: Interviews with Poets and Writers." Stone, a novelist, will question Holder, the poet, and Holder may throw a few sucker punches... I mean... questions his way as well....
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
6/16/2009 My guest will be Tim Horvath author of:
a novella by Tim Horvath
“... Horvath uses his fiction to expose the tension between reality and fantasy in modern life. The uncertainty between where one begins and the other ends is used to explore the ever changing way in which we as a people define and record the facts. In questing after the facts, Circulation gives the reader a chart to navigate a reality clearly inherited, but less clearly defined."
“The casual reader and the bibliophile will love this book. It traces these men’s lives through their obsession with books and arcania. ... Highly recommended."
—Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
"It is a story about coming to understand who your father is and in the process discovering how you truly feel about yourself. It is a book filled with symbolic gestures and storytelling, but at its core it is filled with heart."
—What to Wear During an Orange Alert?
“‘Eminently mullworthy,’ Tim Horvath’s Circulation is a glittering performance of the narrative imagination, an elegy for books and libraries as we have heretofore known them, and a profound meditation on death, family, language, and the limits of human knowledge—all this disguised as a contemporary parable, a book of modest length.”
—David Huddle, author of The Story of a Million Years and La Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl
“Tim Horvath is a writer of encyclopedic knowledge, generous wit, and a master of the artful digression. Circulation is, to borrow from its very pages, ‘marvelous, intricate, globetrotting.’ Horvath writes with great compassion and an embracing love for the world and all traveling in it.”
—Alexander Parsons, author of Leaving Disneyland and In the Shadows of the Sun
Reading Tim Horvath’s novella Circulation, one imagines what it might be like to go spelunking with Jorge Luis Borges or to shelve books with Scheherazade. In this swirling ode to maps, dreams, and the redemptive power of fiction, the stories proliferate vertiginously. At their emotional core is the quest of the main character, a humble librarian, to understand both his father and himself