| Nov 29, 2011
| 2:44 PM
"Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America"
University of Minnesota Press, $22.95
Scandinavian culture, to use a Swedish slant, is more than hardtack and herring.
Eric Dregni grew up fourth-generation Scandinavian in Minnesota of mostly...
| Mar 1, 2010
The first page of "Horns" sets up the novel so neatly that it's almost a shame to recapitulate it here. But this much you need to know: Joe Hill's new book is about a man named Ignatius Perrish (most of the time, he's called Ig) who wakes up hung over and...
| Nov 29, 2009
While assembling my notes for a review of the Library of America anthology "American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny" (Library of America, two volumes, edited by Peter Straub: "From Poe to the Pulps," 746 pp., $35; "From the 1940s to Now," 714 pp....
| Jun 4, 2010
| 2:55 PM
Let's face it: If Homer or Virgil were writing today, their work would probably get shelved in the fantasy section of the bookstore rather than in "Classics of Western Literature." "Oh, c'mon," I imagine some bookseller saying, "the publisher says this...
| Jan 29, 2009
Neil, meet Neil.
Neil Jordan will direct an adaptation of writer Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book," according to Variety. "The Graveyard Book," winner of the 2009 Newbery Medal, is an update of "The Jungle Book" in which young orphan Nobody Owens is...
| Jul 26, 2010
| 6:52 AM
Last Words of the Executed
Some beg for forgiveness. Others claim innocence. At least three cheer for their favorite football teams.
Death waits for us all, but only those sentenced to death know the day and the hour -- and only they can be sure that...
| Nov 24, 2007
The California writer Wallace Stegner is well known to readers for novels such as "Angle of Repose" and "Crossing to Safety." But Stegner had another dimension, as an advocate for a literary West -- especially the West of mountains and desert and big...