Reviewing Novel Reviews: Bright Lights, Big Review

By Jason Boog Comment

Unnamed_148x237.jpgAs we continue our first week here at GalleyCat Reviews, here are a few notable book reviews from around the Internet.

Literary Celebrity Book Review of the Week: Bright Lights, Big City novelist Jay McInerney reviews a new book by Joshua Ferris. Here’s an excerpt: “With his second novel Ferris makes it clear that he has absolutely no intention, for the moment at least, of repeating himself or creating an authorial brand. In fact, it’s difficult to believe that The Unnamed and Then We Came to the End come from the same laptop.”

Most Philosophy-Packed Book Review Sentence of the Week: Ron Charles reviews a 36 Arguments for the Existence of God by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. Here’s the sentence: “A Princeton-trained philosopher and a MacArthur “genius,” Goldstein can make Spinoza sing and Godel comprehensible, and in her cerebral fiction she dances across disciplines with delight, writing domestic comedy about Cartesian metaphysics and academic satire about photoelectric energy.”

Stickiest Review Metaphor of the Week: Megan Doll reviews Your Face Tomorrow: Volume Three by Javier Marias, a novel currently obsessing this GalleyCat editor. Check it out: “In All Souls (sort of The Hobbit to Your Face Tomorrow‘s Ring Trilogy), Marias writes of Oxford as ‘a city preserved in syrup.’ A similar thing could be said of Marias’s pickled prose-style, with its long, sinuous sentences and manifold digressions that can try even the most patient and trusting reader.”

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