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  • True enough, there are longeurs during these early years, but they're offset by Hemingway's reports to these same recipients and his widening circle of friends more than 50 are addressed by volume's end about his journalism, most importantly for the Kansas City Star.

    David Finkle: Easy Reader: Ernest Hemingway Writes Good Letters Home and Elsewhere, 1907-22

  • I had tried to read the volume's most acclaimed story, "Glory" by Greg Egan, free online, but found the first page of Star Trek-esque technogibberish so indecipherable that I decided it wasn't for me.

    The Virtues of Patience

  • A pirate, a rural French bug collector, a Soviet mineralogist and a Holy Roman Emperor count among this volume's contributors.

    Gift Guide: Best of Science

  • In Ussy, as Dan Gunn brings out well in the volume's excellent introductory essay, he would find the silence he craved and discover that digging the hard ground to plant the trees he loved was a wonderful way to relieve his frustration with his writing.

    Years of Intensity

  • But that being said, put on a pair of headphones or get some really good speakers, make sure the volume's up loud, watch in full-screen, scroll through all the different guests we've had (and we get lots of guests), find somebody you like, and watch that.

    Justine Goodman: Don't Call It a Comeback: Tom Green's Real-Life (Comedy) Road Trip

  • One of the things that's happened is that I no longer cheer for the romantic subplot, nor do I believe in its successful conclusion at volume's end: we have been here before, and there is one factor in common (well, within the fictional universe one factor at least).

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • And cheering, too, to see our own Seumas Milne, no New Labour patsy he, generously offering a quote for the new volume's publicity material.

    Esther Addley's diary

  • McAlpin effectively uses the final story, the first story, the title story, and a fourth story that is representative of others to frame her discussion of the volume's merits and to give the reader an informed sense of how the stories work together.

    Book Reviewing

  • The author wisely chose to present what is perhaps the volume's best story first, but the next several stories are also quite good, reinforcing the themes and the narrative strategy introduced in "The Floating Order."

    January 2010

  • The final hour of Thrones, with so many of its characters reeling in the wake and implications of Ned Stark's shocking execution, had the classic feel of a volume's satisfying end.

    Critic's Notebook: A Tale of Two Finales


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