My Liar by Rachel Cline

May 30, 2008 “My Liar” by Rachel Cline Reviewed by Mark LindquistSpecial to The Seattle Times Hollywood novels have a natural allure. Rachel Cline, a screenwriter and author of a previous novel, “What to Keep,” uses the Tinseltown setting to good advantage in her new work, “My Liar.” An unassertive Read more…

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Miscellaneous Mischief Mark Lindquist’s Blog Happy New Year 2021 Today, January 31, is the last day I greet people with “Happy New Year!” I am always enthused about starting a new year. I’m extra enthused this year. We sent out our New Year e-card with a Lindquist family update on Read more…

Love is a Racket by John Ridley

October 11, 1998 “Love is a Racket” by John Ridley Reviewed by Mark Lindquist New York Times Book Review John Ridley’s crime-noir first novel, ”Stray Dogs,” was made into the Oliver Stone movie ”U-Turn.” This may explain why Ridley’s second novel, “Love is a Racket” (Knopf, $24), blends elements of Read more…

Music for Torching by A.M. Homes

Entertainment News: Thursday, May 20, 1999 “Music for Torching” by A.M. Homes Reviewed by Mark LindquistSpecial to The Seattle Times A.M. Homes’ fifth book is daring, original, smart and artful, yet does not quite work as a novel. Paul and Elaine, the lead couple, were first featured in Homes’ short Read more…

Lo’s Diary by Pia Pera

Sunday, January 2, 2000 “Lo’s Diary” by Pia Pera Reviewed by Mark Lindquist Special to The Seattle Times The legal issues raised by the retelling of Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita” from the pubescent child’s point of view are, unfortunately, more interesting than this first novel by Italian journalist and short-story writer Read more…

Miss Wyoming by Douglas Coupland

Entertainment News: Sunday, January 16, 2002 Miss Wyoming by Douglas Coupland Reviewed by Mark LindquistSpecial to The Seattle Times Douglas Coupland’s first novel, “Generation X: Tales of an Accelerated Culture,” was published in 1991. “Miss Wyoming” is his eighth book in nine years. Coupland also works as a designer and Read more…

Love Hexagon by William Sutcliffe

Arts & Entertainment: Sunday, October 1, 2000 “Love Hexagon” by William Sutcliffe Reviewed by Mark Lindquist Special to The Seattle Times A United Kingdom best seller, this satirical sex farce has a clear target audience: twentysomething Londoners. Comparisons to Evelyn Waugh are inevitable, at least the Waugh of the “Bright Read more…

Lullaby by Chuck Palahnuik

Entertainment & the Arts, Sunday, October 6, 2002 “Lullaby” by Chuck Palahniuk Reviewed by Mark LindquistSpecial to The Seattle Times Ranting against consumerism and all the noise of the material world may seem passe, but what doesn’t these days?  Chuck Palahniuk’s novels are here to say that alienation and despair Read more…

Porno by Irvine Welsh

Entertainment & the Arts, October 17, 2002 “Porno” by Irvine Welsh Reviewed by Mark Lindquist Special to The Seattle Times Irvine Welsh’s first novel, “Trainspotting,” was an international best seller and a cult-classic movie. His witty twisted take on the youth culture of Edinburgh was daring and original. Sales have Read more…

Little Children by Tom Perotta

Entertainment & the Arts: Sunday, March 28, 2004 “Little Children” by Tom Perotta Reviewed by Mark Lindquist Special to The Seattle Times Tom Perrotta has carved out an impressive career writing about adolescents in “Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies,” “The Wishbones,” “Election” and “Joe College.” Though not all of Read more…

JPod by Douglas Coupland

Entertainment & the Arts: Friday, June 09, 2006 “JPod” by Douglas Coupland By Mark Lindquist Special to The Seattle Times “I think people in the year 2020 are going to be nostalgic for the sensation of cluelessness.” “I’ve come to the conclusion that documents are thirty-four percent more boring when Read more…