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4th August
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My August read for BookPage

My August read for BookPage

Since it's a new month, it also means I have a new review up in the current issue of BookPage.  For the August issue I read Victor LaValle's second novel, Big Machine.  What can I say?  I loved this book, and I hope you will too.  If you enjoy mysteries, fantasy, sci-fi, or just a rolicking adventure story with a pretty biting sense of humor, there's a good chance you will!  When this one hits the shelves, I'll probably buy a hard-cover copy because I liked it that much.  In my own personal reading loI gave this book a 4.5 out of 5 rating, which says a lot.  Also, I made Tony read it after I finished it and now both of us are interested in reading LaValle's back catalog.  He's likely an author you haven't heard of before, but now all of that's changed so you have no excuse not to give Big Machine a shot! I'm pretty proud of this review, and was extra excited to see that it got "Feature" billing (and also kicks off the Fiction reviews in the print edition of the magazine).  Please check it out and let me know what you think!


  1. 08/04/2009

    If Mos Def reads it, I’m there! Nice BookPage article. This sounds like an interesting story, so I’ll keep it in mind.

  2. 08/04/2009

    If you give it a 4.5, I can’t resist it. Who knows maybe this might be the beginning of a lifelong passion for sci-fi for me! 🙂

  3. 08/05/2009

    Enjoyed your review – this sounds like a genre-bending book with a lot of potential. I will keep my eyes open for a copy.

  4. 08/05/2009

    @ charley: Thanks! It was funny to read about La Valle’s diverse array of fans, but having read the book, I could see how it would appeal to a wide range of people.
    @ Matt: This has elements of sci-fi in it, but I wouldn’t really classify it as sci-fi. Not really. All I can say is it was really great and took a lot of chances! Definitely defies expectations. A real page-turner. I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
    @ verbivore: Yes, this one is definitely genre-bending, and it really works for the most part, I think. I hope it’s a hit, because it was a really great read.

  5. 08/05/2009

    It doesn’t sound quite like anything I have read before, but after reading your review I think I would enjoy the book a lot. I also think my husband would enjoy it, and am thinking about grabbing it for one of our read aloud books. Great article! It’s so exciting to see your reviews on BookPage!

  6. 08/06/2009

    @ zibilee: It wasn’t really like anything I had read before, to be honest. But I just kept an open mind and wound up really enjoying it (and Tony did too!). The chapters aren’t that long, so it might be an ideal read aloud book!

  7. […] STI: “Hysterical yet heartbreaking, playful yet pensive, bleak yet hopeful, Victor LaValle’s novel masterfully blends these contrasting elements to produce a rich and rewarding literary experience.” […]

  8. […] fiction, that it was exciting. To me, the closest I’ve ever come to a similar author is perhaps Victor LaValle, but I suspect the reference is probably lost on most since he’s one of those tragically […]

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