April 13, 2005

Review 2

Another review from Splendid E-zine, this time of my novel. Splendid is a good place to get a review if you’re sub-independent.

Not the greatest review. "Boring and confused" comes to mind. But still, better than no mention at all. According to her, I aimed to create the "Sister Carrie of the 21st Century." I guess reviews are designed to make an author sound more important than he is. I’ve never read Sister Carrie. An American Tragedy was all right. I was aiming to create a young adult Lolita.

5 comments:

darling maggot said...

who the fuck is sister carrie?

Henry Baum said...

It's a cross between the Velvet Underground's Sister Ray and Stephen King's Carrie. Also, it's a novel by Theodore Dreiser. He was a social critic so I guess that's all she was getting at.

Anonymous said...

My favorite line from that review:

"Baum has a doctorate in the trappings of loserdom"

What do you say to that? Thank you?

-S

Martha O'Connor said...

Hey, although that review was very difficult to read (and not just because of the small print!), they gave a pretty decent plot encapsulation. It made me want to read your book.
Take care,
Martha

Spiral Stairs said...

A doctorate in anything is cool, I guess. I can't imagine what Henry's dissertation topic might have been. Perhaps: "Mullets: A Post-Modern Deconstruction of the Heuristics of Hair."

I've actually read Henry's book, and I can attest to its high quality and enjoyability. It totally occupied me on a cross-country plane trip. I could launch into a review. But I won't, because I am lazy. I liked it.

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