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Terrorist by John Updike
Terrorist by John Updike
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The story revolves around a radical Islamist teenager named Ahmad Ashmawy Malloy and his Guidance Counselor Levy, an American Jew who has abandoned practicing his religion. The novel seeks to explore the paradigm and motivation of religious fundamentalists (specifically Islam) while at the same time dissecting the morals in the fictional New Jersey suburb of "New Prospect." Ahmad attends a high school in this depressed industrial town, once home to energetic, white immigrants from Eastern Europe. Now, this town has decayed to the point where "those who occupy the inner city now are brown, by and large, in its many shades." Brown-ness is central to the novel, and Updike is acutely aware of… Read more
Lisey's Story Lisey's Story: A Novel a Novel by Stephen King
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Is Immaterial, 25 Nov 2006
With more than 40 books to his credit, Stepehen King appears to have no problem churning out the words, despite having famously said four years ago that he planned to retire.

"It's like surfers and the seventh wave," he said in an August interview. "You ride six waves that are O.K, and then the seventh one is really great. But with every seventh wave, you mess up the ride, so really it's only every 49th wave that's really a great, great wave and I felt that way with `Lisey.'" Without much knowledge about the surfer world, this is a risky metaphor and the book isn't really very, very great but the reader will enjoy a very good book. Who could ask for more?

In this… Read more
Love ~ The Beatles
Love ~ The Beatles
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Déjà entendu?, 25 Nov 2006
The album was made for Cirque du Soleil, which, astonishingly, persuaded the surviving Beatles and family members not only to let Beatles songs be used as the soundtrack for a big Las Vegas production but also allow them to be rejiggered. The requirements of Cirque du Soleil clearly affected the programming of this album - of course the Beatles' circus song, "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite," is included - but "Love" was also a good pretext to sift through the endlessly milked Beatles catalogue one more time. Instead of simply collecting Beatles tracks, "Love" actively manipulates them.

The producers, George Martin and his son Giles searched the Beatles catalogue for… Read more